CD DVD Book Manufacturing, CD Digibook Packaging, Printing Hard Bound Books
Packaging with Book Binding, Heavy Chipboard Core
CD and DVD Books are really hot on the market. If you want to make a limited edition run or colectors item or deluxe package, this is the product. These are the top of the line, coffee table titles, bookshelf stars that everyone wants to produce.
The modifiable features make the specification and manufacturing very interesting for us! The height and width can vary. Some of our titles have trays to hold the disc (or discs), some have hubs, some have inner sleeves that swing, some have glued on sleeves or pockets. Usually books have inner pages, but not always. If we are doing inner pages, they can be perfect bound or saddle stiched and we can play with the width of the booklet pages and make them indented or flush with the package. We can also do some other types of variations like making it a box set with a lid, or having it hold other items like photos or cards. We can also do fabric wrapping with a large variety of cloth and material selections. We have a lot of fun with these! Read on for some options and features on the spec.
Photos of CD DVD Books - Hardbound with Book Binding Construction
Book Binding Style — Hardbound Books made with Chipboard Core
The classic hardbound book has a few basic features:
- The cover is a lot heavier than the cover on a paperback.
- The pages are almost the same size as the cover, but not quite.
With a CD or DVD book, you can make a hard cover in a number of ways.
Chipboard with wrap is the traditional way to make a hard set of covers. Binding paper, binding cloth, fabric or other material is wrapped around a thick board core. two covers and the spine. The Inner panel covering is created separately from the outer wrap and is glued down to cover the ends of the outer wrap. Look below for some more info on this construction method.
Simulated Book Binding -- A Budget Friendly Alternative
Simulated Bookbinding is a good alternative approach if the budget will not allow for actual bookbinding. Actual bookbinding uses a chipboard core which is very rigid and a 4C wrap is glued to it. An alternative is to use a heavy stock (18pt or 21pt) and make double wall panels. The main art for all inside and outside panels is printed onto one side of the stock, then, after die cutting, the cover is made by folding panels over and gluing, resulting in double thickness panels (aka: DOUBLE-WALL CONSTRUCTION). Of course, with this method, you can use the double thickness to create disc pockets, or (as in the case of the plum colored example below) a clever way to hold the book ion place you still allow it to be removed. If you want to, you can put the inside border that looks like the 4C wrap into your art, like this:
Simulated Book Binding
(the burgandy Edge is in the artwork)Actual Book Binding
(The black edge is from a glued on wrap)
When you design your CD or DVD Book style package, you'll need to determine the following features:
- What should the overall size be?
(5inch and 7inch heights are common)
- How many pages in the book? How are the pages bound together or stapled and how will they attach to the package?
- How heavy should the booklet covers be?
- How will the disc (or discs) attach?
(tray, hub, pockets or glue don sleeves are common)
A spec for simulated book binding project might look something like this:
Qty: 500 (min order)
Packaging: 4pp Traypak with 5inch clear tray
(Double Wall Construction)
Printing: 4C / 4C (includes the reverse side of the paper, we call this PIPS Printed Inside Pockets and Spines....it gives you the continuous art flow and no white spines showing through. With bookbinding, the 4C Wrap is continuous across the inside, so this feature achieves that continuity)
Stock: 18pt uncoated stock
Booklet: 4pp covers + 12pp inner pages 4C/4C matte aqueous, stapled to center panel
Assembly: insertion & shrinkwrap
Shipping: we'll include, let us know where
Proofing: PDF + Test Disc & Color Matchprint, Unprinted Mock up is recommended as well
- What should the overall size be?
Popular CD Book Spec & DVD Book Specs - Disc Replication & Packaging
We tend to see two basic sizes in cd and dvd books; 5inch and 7inch horizontal format. That doesn't mean you can't go larger because we can make any size you would like. However, if you want it constructed based on the plastic tray sizes you are limited to variations of 5inch and 7inch trays.
5Inch tray example:
7inch horizontal trays:
Keep in mind that everything we do is custom built. There are no pre-existing units sitting on a shelf, waiting to printed.....it doesn't work that way. These are manufactured to your spec so you can change most features. That being said, here are the number one requested specs for CD & DVD Books:
Most Popular Spec for CD BOOK with perfect bound book inside
Packaging: CD Book with 5 inch clear tray
BOOK BINDING CONSTRUCTION (chipboard core + 4C glued wrap)
Booklet: Perfect bound (28pages+), glued to inside panel
Thicker cover/Thinner pages, 4C/4C
Assembly: insertion & shrinkwrap
Shipping: we include
Proofing: starts with PDF, progresses to test disc (glass mastered & printed) & color matchprint for the CD Book and up to 22pages of the booklet pages. An unprinted mock up is also recommended.
Most Popular Spec for DVD BOOK
Packaging: DVD Book with 7 inch clear tray
and all the rest might be the same
Big variations: disc type, size of tray, type of tray (clear plastic, paper) or using a glued sleeve, book binding construction versus simulated book binding construction, number of pages in booklet, booklet construction, paper stocks and finishes, and of course special printing effects like embossing or foil on the cover.
Using a Glued on Sleeve or Swinging Sleeve to Hold the Disc
We can also make a sleeve out of card stock paper and glue it to the inside over. We can even do this as free swinging sleeve.
Softbound CD book Cover
with a, free-swinging disc sleeve
Free Swinging Sleeves
in DVD Book Style packaging
Glued on Sleeve, Black Uncoated Pulp Paper
in CD Book Packaging
See More examples at: CD Books with Sleeves
Looking for a Classic LP Pocket? CD Book LP Album Packaging
CD and DVD book covers can be made using the vintage LP packaging style, which is very similar to standard book binding / hardbound book construction. For a CD or DVD book project, we build in an LP pocket (one or two). The difference between a standard hardbound book cover and a vintage LP pocket is that the core material is two pieces of thinner stock. Forgot about that style of record cover? Take a look at one of your old 1950s or '60s Verve or Blue Note LPs.Check out our special page on the LP packaging style:
CD Covers with Bok Binding Construction, LP Style
Options for Your Book's Pages - Stapled Booklet Glued to the Cover
CD Book with Stapled booklet
Attached to back cover
For smaller booklets, one cover of a saddle-stitch (stapled) booklet can be permanently glued to the inside front or back cover of the main package. This is a very cost effective solution. The booklet is sized up from the standard, pocketed size, to better fit the panel.
Options for Your Book's Pages - Perfect Bound Booklet Glued to Spine
For longer books—up to 100 pages and beyond—perfect binding and spine glue is the way to go. Perfect bound books are square-backed, with the edge of each page glued to a backing to form the spine. The book cover is glued on and anchored under the front and back inside covers, with relief to allow easy opening.
To simplify construction and to provide a more authentic experience, the booklet panels are usually cut larger than conventional disc inserts.
Options for Your Book's Pages - Companion Books
Perfect Bound Books vs Saddle Stitch Booklets
Saddle stitch is the traditional way to create booklets for disc packaging. Basically, saddle stitch means "stapled". Typical page count for saddle stitch is 8 to 24 panels*, but twice that is not uncommon. The page count for saddle stitch almost always includes the covers. If the cover needs to be a different stock, the inner pages can be run separately. Most of our booklets are full color throughout, including Pantones, although black-only is an option, too.
Perfect binding is the process of creating books by gluing a block of pages at the spine, which gives a square back. As any reader of Dune on paperback can confirm, a perfect bound book can have a nearly unlimited number of pages, but for CD and DVD projects, the higher-end page count is 100 to 200 panels. As an entry point, we'll say 40 panels and up make a good thickness for this type of construction. It gives a square spine and has at least a bit of bulk to it. Page count for perfect-bound books excludes the covers, as the covers are made from heavier stock and provide the spine.
*Note: "Panel" or "Page" both refer to one side of a printed sheet. A single print spread will typically contain 4 panels.
Cloth, Fabric, Leatherette Covered CD / DVD Books — Limited Editions!
Silkscreen Printing or Foil Stamping
We can do your CD or DVD book with binding cloth and make you a stellar "Limited Edition" release. Printing on binding cloth or binding paper is a lot different from printing on standard paper. Ink is generally silkscreened, rather than offset printed, so solid-color designs are generally recommended over art containing halftones.
The inks available include the Pantone™ metallics, or you can even choose hot foil stamping!
binding paper and cloth samples:
fabric, leatherette, and patterned styles
Check out our Fabric Wrapped CD / DVD Book Page!
Ways to Hold the Disc - Clear Trays, Paper Trays, Sleeves, Hubs
There are basically four ways to hold your disc: trays, pockets, sleeves, and hubs:
Trays are the most popular way to hold one or two discs into a DVD or CD book. They allow a view of the entire disc surface, and since the trays are normally clear, you can see the art underneath. You have the option of aligning your disc art with the panel beneath. Trays can be used with any method of construction.
See more examples at : CD Books with Trays
See more examples at: CD Books with Sleeves
A variation on the plastic tray is the Natural Paper Tray. Paper trays are made from 100% recycled paper and have a cork hub. It's a very earthy look.
Pockets are a popular way to hold the discs in many types of CD and DVD packaging, since the standard jacket construction style inherently gives you both sides of a pocket. Pockets in a book package are generally up-facing or out-facing. The out-facing pocket style is also very popular in LP disc packaging / cd albums.
Sleeves are a variation on the pocket, being made from thinner stock, and either attached to an inside cover or made to swing freely like a book page. Multi-disc sets can be made this way, with two discs per page. You can make the sleeves from coated or uncoated stock. You can print them as you would your other book pages or you can have them a single color, like a vintage '78 box set.
Foam hubs are a great way to mount your disc, showing it off in its full glory. Hubs can stick on any surface and are available in black or white. We can also do clear gel hubs. Hubs are great alternative to plastic trays.
See also: CD LP Albums
CD DVD DigiBooks wih Trays
CD DVD DigiBooks with Sleeves
CD DVD DigiBooks with Hubs
Fabric Wrapped CD DVD Books
Packaging Coatings & Finishes(Matte or Glossy) and Effects (Embossing, Foil, etc)
Your DVD or CD book can have any finishes we offer. For more detail on matte lamination, embossing, foil stamp and ore, check out disc packaging finishes and special printing effects.
Also check our the paper stocks section (matte uncoated stock, fiberboard stock, etc) , as this will have a big impact on the look.
Don't forget the disc can have fun effects to match! Here is an example of spot gloss on the disc (see disc varnish page) matching the spot gloss/matte lamination done on the packaging:
Slipcases - Tube, Box, Double Walled / Lined, Die Cut
Slipcases can be as simple as slip-sleeves (TUBE, open at both ends), usually allowing you to slide the package in from the side. If you want your slipcase to open from one side, with a spine and be more like a BOX, we can do that, too.
Side-load box-style slipcases can be further improved by having printing on the inside surfaces. You can go with lining, in which flaps of the outer stock are folded in and glued, or you can opt to do 2-sided printing to the stock.
If you need the ultimate in protection and presentation, you can have your slipcase made in the hard bound style, made with heavy board, wrapped with fully-printed stock of your choice, including all the finishes and special effects you could ever want. Die Cut / knock outs are especially fun in slipcases!