Hardcover or Softcover Photo Books

What kind of cover do you want?


Want to keep both options? No preference on cover.

There are 16 printing companies that make hardcover books, and 11 companies with softcover books. We have a total of 243 hardcover books in our database, and 37 softcover photobooks.

The first step is to decide whether you want to make a hardcover or softcover photo book.

  • Hardcover books offer a variety of cover choices ranging from die-cut covers, to linen, leather or metal covers to full photo versions.
  • Hardcover books are normally case bound (the hard cover is wrapped around an adhesive bound or sewn book).
  • If you're making a book for a special occasion, hardcover is a better choice. Affordable hardcover options are also available.

  • Softcover books are similar to paperbacks and offer a variety of cover choices including die-cut paper covers to full photo covers in matte or glossy finishes.
  • Softcover books are usually cheaper, so they can make good affordable but personalized gifts.
  • Softcover books are usually stapled or perfect bound (pages are glued to the cover).