A custom printed front cover, back cover and spine is available for paperback books and hardback books.

Note: for full access to the Cover Tool feature, please use a desktop or laptop. Functionality is limited on mobile and tablet devices.

For Paperback and Hardback Books

To design a spine:

  • Upload your file and configure your document
  • Configure your cover (select section 4 on the preview & configure page) and proceed to the Cover Design Tool
  • Use the Cover Design Tool to design your spine. It is possible to add background colour, images, shapes and text. Note: if your spine width is under 9mm, text cannot be added to the area as it will be unreadable in print.
  • Click the 'Save & continue' button in the bottom right corner
  • Your covers and spine design will be displayed in the cover preview for your approval
  • Click the 'Confirm' button to return to your full document preview and proceed to checkout using the 'go to basket' button

To upload a spine design:

If you have already created your spine artwork, it is possible to upload it as part of a full cover spread. It must be in PDF format, as below.

This option is intended for advanced users only (e.g. graphic designers with access to Adobe software).

  • Upload your file and configure your document
  • Configure your cover (select section 4 on the preview & configure page)
  • Under 'Cover' select 'Upload a cover design'
  • Ensure your cover and spine artwork adheres to the specified dimensions (including spine width)
  • Click the 'Upload full cover' button
  • Your cover artwork will be displayed in the cover preview
  • Click the 'Confirm' button to return to your full document preview and proceed to checkout using the 'go to basket' button

For Ring Binders

A custom printed front cover and spine is available for ring binders.

To design a spine:

  • Upload your file and configure your document
  • Configure your cover (select section 4 on the preview & configure page)
  • Under 'Spine Design' select 'Design a spine'
  • Use the Cover Design Tool to design your spine. It is possible to add background colour, images, shapes and text.
  • Click the 'Save & continue' button in the bottom right corner
  • Your front cover and spine artwork will be displayed in the cover preview for your approval
  • Click the 'Confirm' button to return to your full document preview and proceed to checkout using the 'go to basket' button

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