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Read on to learn about how cloth/PU leather hardcover cases are manufactured and the restrictions of printing on them.
For a unique look and feel, it’s possible to make the hardcover case for a casebound book using cloth or leather instead of printed paper. It’s most common to use faux-leather polyurethane (PU) instead of actual leather, although some companies may offer real leather binding as well. If you want to keep things vegetarian-friendly, however, cloth/PU leather is a great option to choose.
These books are made the same way as standard casebound books, just using cloth or faux leather wrapped around grey board. Casebinding, commonly referred to as hardcover binding, involves the construction of an exterior case made of cardboard wrapped with paper – in this case, we would use cloth/PU leather in place of paper. Casebinding is a more complicated process compared to other typical types of binding like softcover or saddle-stitch, but your book is safe in PrintNinja’s expert hands.
It’s important to note that it’s not possible to print on cloth or faux leather with the offset press, so if you want an image or word on your cover, foil stamping is a good alternative.