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The Benefits of a Laminated Cover

Posted 20th November 2017

The Benefits of a Laminated Cover

Lamination is often used for softcover books to help protect and enhance the design. Created by bonding clear plastic film to the book’s cover, lamination are ideal for books of all types. It’s a simple and affordable technique that can help improve the handling and durability.

Durability and protection

One of the main benefits of lamination is that it significantly increases the durability of a cover and protects it from the elements. The finish will help to prevent it from becoming worn or torn and will act as an extra protective layer. Spill water on your laminated book cover and you’ll simply be able to wipe it off. The lamination will also help to prevent dirt and fingerprints from readers’ hands transferring to your book’s cover.

It is also a practical alternative to having a separately printed dust jacket.

Enhanced colour depth

You may have noticed that when you have your photos printed on gloss paper, the colours look more vivid than when they’re printed on matte paper. The principle is the same for lamination, helping to enrich the tones of your printed product and make the colours more vibrant.

Example laminated covers

Quality feel

If you want to make your book even more attractive to prospective readers, use a soft touch laminate finish. Adding this velvet like matte finish to your cover will make your cover wonderfully tactile and tempt readers into picking it up.

Alternatively, if longevity is your main goal then an anti-scuff lamination is the perfect choice. Resistant to scratches, tears and other incidental damage, this tough and durable finish will help your printed product look great for longer. Finishing your book off with a laminated cover will give it a feel of quality. Readers will spot the extra effort you’ve put into creating the product and this will help the book to get the attention it deserves.

Increased strength

As lamination makes the cover thicker and stiffer, it will instantly make it stronger. This will reduce the chances of the cover being torn or bent accidentally and should help the product to look new for as long as possible. If your book is going to be heavily handled, talk to your printer about adding extra tough laminate finishes to the product.

To find out more about lamination and book production contact one of our sales team.