Dust jackets

A dust jacket is a detachable outer cover with folded flaps. The folded flaps wrap around the front and back of the book covers to protect books from dirt and damage. Mixam prints dust jackets on silk paper stock with a protective gloss or matt lamination. For a striking and eye-catching effect, you can also add gold or silver foiling.

Dust jacket design

Dust jackets preserved cloth-covered hardback books in the 1800s. Today, dust jackets are a great way to enhance the presentation of your book with beautiful art.

You can get creative with these detachable covers that wrap around your book. These flaps, also called panels, are perfect for displaying extra information about the author, reviews, or social media profiles.

Example of a printed dust jacket

Dust jacket set up guide

Because your dust jacket will be printed as a single sheet and then wrapped around the outside of your book, we ask that you supply your dust jacket artwork as a single spread design.

When you upload your dust jacket file, we advise you name it so our system can identify it and print it to the correct dimensions. Acceptable file names can include keywords such as “dustjacket”, “dust-jacket”, “dust_jacket” and “dust jacket”.

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
Size and orientation Width x Height Flap width
A6 portrait 105mm x 148mm 60mm
A6 landscape 148mm x 105mm 80mm
A5 portrait 148mm x 210mm 60mm
A5 landscape 210mm x 148mm 80mm
A4 portrait 210mm x 297mm 80mm
A4 landscape 297mm x 210mm N/A
Novel portrait 127mm x 203mm 60mm
Novel landscape 203mm x 127mm 80mm
Standard portrait 132mm x 197mm 60mm
Standard landscape 197mm x 132mm 80mm
Demy portrait 138mm x 216mm 60mm
Demy landscape 216mm x 138mm 80mm
US Royal portrait 152mm x 229mm 80mm
US Royal landscape 229mm x 152mm 80mm
Royal portrait 156mm x 234mm 80mm
Royal landscape 234mm x 156mm 80mm
210mm square 210mm x 210mm 80mm
Hardcover book with a dust jacket partially attached

Example dust jacket artwork dimensions

Example Dust Jacket Artwork Dimensions

Dust jacket special options

If you have selected foiling or Spot UV for your dust jacket, you will need to create a new file for this layer to your design.

Metallic foil requires a custom quote, please email us including your order number if you have one.

Metallic foil set up guide

Hardcover book with gold metallic foiling
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