Bodonian binding

Particular binding technique where the spine of a thread-sewn book is either exposed or covered in cloth, to make the book open more easily and lie flat.

Exposed binding

The book cover does not hide the spine of the book, leaving the threads used to sew the pages easily visible.

Swiss binding

The book block is attached to the cover by gluing down only the rear endpaper, leaving the spine exposed. The cover lies very flat, and the book consequently opens well. The spine of the book block is often covered with a decorative cloth, either real or imitation.

Special cover

A book cover is any protective covering used to bind together the pages of a book.

Leather cover

Leather can be used for various luxurious finishes.


A protective sleeve for a book which can be made of many materials: naked cardboard, boards covered in cloth or paper or other materials, even plexiglass. It may be die-cut or foil-blocked. In short, it can be simple or elaborate, and often makes the difference between a book and a deluxe edition.


There is practically no limit to what a jacket can become: print it, die-cut it, use a folded poster to sheath the book. These photos will give an idea of just what can be done.

Special boxes and mailers

This category includes elaborate and elegant clamshells as well as boxes created specifically to protect a special edition during shipping and mailing.


A bookmark is a thin marking tool, commonly made of card, leather, or fabric, used to keep track of a reader’s progress in a book and allow the reader to easily return to where the previous reading session ended. It can also be a ribbon marker, bound into the spine of the book.