Cloth, Fabric, Leatherette, Vinyl CD and DVD Books
Deluxe Book Printing, Packaging and Disc Manufacturing
If you are looking to make a really special edition package, fabric / cloth binding material is an incredible way to go. We have fabric choices from hemp to vinyl to old cloth linen style, and depending on the type of material they can be silk-screened or foil stamped.
CD Book and DVD Book Packaging with Fabric Wrap
Book Binding Style—Hardbound
Book Fabric Style to Choose From,
Silkscreen Printing or Foil Stamping
We have a variety of cloth and material types to choose from, depending on the look, feel and artwork you are envisioning.
If you would rather have the outer wrap be 4C paper, check out our CD / DVD Book Manufacturng Page that shows examples without fabric.
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
Packaging: CD Book with 5 inch clear tray
BOOK BINDING CONSTRUCTION (chipboard core + 4C glued wrap)
Booklet: Perfect bound (28pages+), glued to spine
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.
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 instead of a tray
Yes, we can also make a sleeve our of paper stock and glue it to the inside over. We can even do this as free swinging sleeve.
Oria Blue, a small CD book with A custom, free-swinging disc sleeve
Looking for a classic LP Pocket?
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:
LP Style CD and DVD Packaging
Options for your Book's Pages - Booklet Glued to the Cover
4pp Traypak with glued in booklet
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 - 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
dVD Traypak and Companion book in a slipcase
Companion booklets are cut the the exact size of the disc packaging, then are inserted alongside the packaging into a slipcase. These are usually perfect bound, which allows spine printing.
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!
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
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.
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.
Printing Finishes(Matte/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!