Book sleeve or book cover sleeve.
A book sleeve covers the entire cover. It can have printing on it or be left blank. Book cover sleeves are in use for hardcover books, soft cover books, and magazines. It can be shorter than the full cover, to show part of an image on the cover of a book.
Please note that we print sleeves only if we are printing the full book run. Our minimum is 1,000 hard cover or 2,000 soft cover books. since they have to fit precisely, we don’t sell them for books that we are not printing.
Embellishments for a book cover sleeve
A sleeve can be embossed, have a foil stamp, a blind stamp, a UV coating, a laminate, or varnish. The stock can be fairly heavy.
We would not recommend this for most books. But if you are printing a catalogue, brochure, or inexpensive piece, consider a sleeve. A book needs to have more protection than a mere book sleeve can provide for mailing.
You need only put a mailing label on the cover and the publication is ready to go. Bear in mind that the United States Postal Service has extremely specific regulations. If you are going to be using a sleeve, check with either the USPS or your local mail house.
They can give you a mailing quote and advise you about regulations. Be prepared with basic specifications. It would be good to get a printing quote first. Then talk to your mail house.
The Adobe InDesign set-up
The sleeve can be set up in InDesign. Let us know the dimensions and we will verify so that the sleeve overlaps enough to seal securely. You may want the image or graphics to bleed, that is to print off the trimmed sleeve. If so, add 0.125 inches or 3 millimeters to the top and bottom.
Before you go too far into the design, please check on printing with Star Print Brokers. Book sleeves are another options that print-on-demand providers seldom, if ever, offer.