Dust jackets

Here's how to wrap readers up in your story with dust jackets for books.

 

Dust jacket design

A book dust jacket is a detachable outer cover with folded flaps. The folded flaps wrap around the front and back of the book covers to prevent dirt and damage from affecting a book's appearance and durability. 

Dust jackets preserved cloth-covered Hardcover Books in the 1800s. Today, dust jackets are a great way to enhance the presentation of your book with beautiful art.

We print dust jackets on satin paper stock with a protective gloss or matte lamination. And for a striking and eye-catching effect, you can also add gold or silver foiling.

You can get creative with these detachable covers that wrap around your book. These flaps, a.k.a. panels, are perfect for displaying information about the author, reviews, social media profiles and more.

Ready to order dust jackets? Visit this page for more information.

Example of a printed dust jacket
 

Dust jacket set-up guide

Because we will print your dust jacket as a single sheet and then wrapped around the outside of your book, please supply your dust jacket artwork as a single spread design.

When you upload your dust jacket file, we urge you to name it so our system can identify it and print it to the correct dimensions. Acceptable file names can include keywords like dustjacket, dust-jacket, dust_jacket or similar.

From the finished internal book size, add:

  1. 0.275” to the front and back cover width
  2. 0.275” to the front and back cover height
  3. Add your spine width
  4. Add the required flap sizes to each side
  5. Add 0.125” bleed to all external sides

 

Hardcover book with a dust jacket partially attached
Size and orientationWidth x HeightFlap width
Digest portrait5.5” x 8.5”2.5”
Digest landscape8.5” x 5.5”2.5”
US Trade Portrait6” x 9”2.5”
US Trade landscape9” x 6”2.5”
Letter portrait8.5” x 11”2.5”
Letter landscape11” x 8.5”2.5”
8.5” Square8.5” x 8.5”2.5”
7.5” Small Square7.5” x 7.5”2.5”
7.25” x 9.5” Portrait7.25” x 9.5”2.5”
7.25” x 9.5” landscape9.5” x 7.25”2.5”
7” x 9” Portrait7” x 9”2.5”
7” x 9” landscape9” x 7”2.5”
Pocket Book Portrait4.25” x 6.87”2.5”
Pocket Book Landscape6.87” x 4.25”2.5”
Royal Portrait6.14” x 9.21”2.5”
Royal Landscape9.21” x 6.14”2.5”
Executive Portrait7” x 10”2.5”
Executive Landscape10” x 7”2.5”
Crown Quarto Portrait7.44” x 9.68”2.5”
Crown Quarto Landscape9.68” x 7.44”2.5”
A5 portrait5.8” x 8.3”2.5”
A5 landscape8.3” x 5.8”2.5”
A4 portrait8.3” x 11.7”2.5”
A4 landscape11.7” x 8.3”2.5”
 

Example dust jacket artwork dimensions

Our dust jackets have standard sizing for the spine. For the example below, we have a 5.5” x 8.5” book with a 0.4” spine. The standard sizes for dust jacket spines are 0.375”, 0.575”, 0.775” and 0.975”.

So you must choose a standard size closest to the spine size in your order, always rounding up. So for this example, this dust jacket should have a standard spine size of 0.575”.

 

Example Dust Jacket Artwork Dimensions
 

 

Dust jacket special options

If you have selected foiling or Spot UV for your dust jacket, you must create a new file for this layer to your design. Metallic foil requires a custom quote, so please send us an email with your order number if you have one.

Hardcover book with gold metallic foiling