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 matt 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. 7mm to the front and back cover width
  2. 6mm to the front and back cover height
  3. Add your spine width
  4. Add the required flap sizes to each side
  5. Add 3mm bleed to all external sides
Hardcover book with a dust jacket partially attached
Size and orientationWidth x HeightFlap width
A6 portrait105mm x 148mm60mm
A6 landscape148mm x 105mm80mm
A5 portrait148mm x 210mm60mm
A5 landscape210mm x 148mm80mm
A4 portrait210mm x 297mm80mm
A4 landscape297mm x 210mmN/A
Novel portrait127mm x 203mm60mm
Novel landscape203mm x 127mm80mm
Standard portrait132mm x 197mm60mm
Standard landscape197mm x 132mm80mm
Demy portrait138mm x 216mm60mm
Demy landscape216mm x 138mm80mm
US Royal portrait152mm x 229mm80mm
US Royal landscape229mm x 152mm80mm
Royal portrait156mm x 234mm80mm
Royal landscape234mm x 156mm80mm
210mm square210mm x 210mm80mm

Example dust jacket artwork dimensionsExample 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