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 satin paper stock with a protective gloss or matte lamination. For a striking and eye-catching effect, you can also add gold or silver foiling.

Dust jacket design

Dust jackets were originally designed to protect 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 and are held into place with folded flaps. These flaps, also called panels, are perfect for printing extra information about the author, reviews, or social media profiles.

Our dust jackets are printed on satin paper stock and are coated with protective gloss or matte lamination, and have a choice of gold or silver foiling. The effect is striking and eye-catching.

Example of a printed dust jacket

Dust jacket set up guide

Dust jackets are printed on a single sheet of paper that is wrapped around the outside of your hardcover book. Because it is printed as a single sheet, we ask that your dust jacket artwork be supplied as a single spread design.

To create a dust jacket file, add 0.125" to both sides of your spine width, add 3.15" to the outside edge of both front and back covers to create the flaps. Then add a 0.25" area around the outside edge of the entire spread (this includes a 0.125" bleed area). These additional measurements are always the same, regardless of your chosen book size.

Hardcover book with a dust jacket partially attached

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, so 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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