What are flexible case bound covers? They are simply covers on a case bound book that can be bent; but not as much as a perfect bound book cover. They are usually offset printed on heavier than average paper. We turn the four edges inward and glue the same as a normal hard book cover… except there is no board in the case! When the book is “cased-in”, on the end papers and glued down the book appears to be very similar to a regular HARD cover case bound book. There is a cost saving in the production process because there is no board.
Some customers like the feel of a flexible cover on a case bound book. A flex cover case bound book is thinner than a regular hard back book. I know of one situation where a “flex-covered” book was ordered to reduce the mailing/postage cost. These pictures illustrate that a “flex-covered”, case-bound book can like a hard covered case bound book in that they can have rounded corners, or the addition of metal corners. Like a regular hard back book, the spine can be flat or rounded.
- Has glued endpapers
- Can reduce postage
- Additional option for creativity
Factors to consider
- If the “cover” is Litho printed, there may be difficulties in printing a much heavier stock