Anatomy of a Book

When designing a book (or reviewing a proof you ordered), you’ll need the right terminology to communicate your ideas.

Key hardcover terms

  • Cloth covering: On a hardcover, wraps around the book board covers
  • Spine: A separate piece usually held together by the cloth. The width can be difficult to calculate for different printers and you might find that your jacket design needs editing after prototyping your book.
  • Endpapers: Blank pages at the beginning and end of each book. Some printers will automatically add these.
  • Book Signatures: Folded booklets of paper stapled or glued to the tailband, which is then attached to the spine and headband. The thicker the book, the larger the gutter in your spreads should be.

Anatomy of a book