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Board Book Cover Setup Guide

PrintNinja’s Board Book Cover Setup Guide will help you set up your printing files for your board book printing project. PrintNinja helps many creators and self-publishers print their board books every year; if you are interested in getting an instant quote on a project you can check out our board book page for pricing information.

Board book covers are similar to other covers; they are made by taking a single sheet of paper and wrapping it around paperboard to create your cover. This manufacturing process means that board book covers should be created as a single spread.

Making your Board Book Cover File Template

  1. For your back cover and front cover: the “Page Height” and “Page Width” of your board book covers are the same as the corresponding dimensions of the inside pages of your board book. See the illustration below.
  2. Add the thickness of your book’s spine in your cover file. To calculate the width of your spine, use our spine width calculator.
  3. Your cover file should include 0.125 inches of bleed around the edge of your cover artwork. Note that this bleed area will be trimmed off during production. As such, make sure to keep all important text and graphics 0.125 inches away from the bleed area. (Here’s our refresher course on created as a bleeds; they’re easier than they sound.) All of our printing processes at PritnNinja assume and include “full-bleed” printing.
Board Book Cover Template

Design Considerations

Keep in mind that production of board books includes a score running down the binding edge of the back cover—about the same distance away from the spine as the spine width itself. This is to allow the book to open properly and lay flat.

Board Book Back Cover Score Line

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