Hard and Soft Cover Book Binding Services
When publishing a book, one of the aspects to consider is the cover of the book. And the choice between Hardcover and Softcover. Some considerations when choosing between the two include:
1. Feel of the cover
A hard cover might be more appealing as it gives a feeling of professionalism. Softcover or paperbacks are more portable, lightweight and smaller in size compared to a hardcover. The preferences of the reader should also be taken into consideration. A buyer may not want a professional text book in a softcover, for example.
2. The difference in the characteristics of the covers
a. Hardcover books are made for durability. Hardback books tend to have higher quality printing standards. They are usually made with acid-free paper, which ensures their long-lasting durability. The paper is usually stitched and glued to the spine. As a result, they are thus less prone to wear and tear and are less likely to get dog ears. Hardcover books occupy more space than paperbacks and this calls for an increase storage area. The portability of the hardcover can also be a con.
b. Softcover books or paperbacks are made less for durability and more for mass consumption. They lack the durability of a hardcover. They are more prone to wear and tear. They may also suffer from yellowing and spotting and lose pages more than hardcover books. They are, however, more flexible and can fit into any space easily. This increases their portability and reduces the amount of storage area needed.
3. Purpose of the book
Choosing between hardcover and softcover depends mostly on the purpose of the book. Hardcover books are more suited to reference texts (dictionaries, thesaurus, atlas), literary texts (classic literature books, novels), professional texts (medical manuals, law books), coffee table books and other large books. Softcover books or paperbacks are suited for books which are preferred to be read in bed or while commuting through public transportation.
There is a huge difference in the price of hardcover books and softcover books. Since paperbacks are easier to manufacture and they use a lower quality paper, they are very cheap when compared to hardcover books. Hardcover books have a longer manufacturing process and use up more raw materials, including quality paper and are more expensive to produce.
5. Environmental Impact
Softcover books and paperbacks are easier to recycle than hardcover books. Many recyclers do not accept hardcover books as the glue on the cover makes them ineligible for recycling programs. Paperbacks have an easier and quicker recycling program. We at bookselfpublishing.com offer you a variety of options for publishing your books. We print both hardcover and softcover books as per the preference of the author. The price range varies between them and we can guide you through our many publishing options.