Books & Magazines
Book CoversAt Xeikon Café North America


The way a book, its cover and in some cases dust jackets are printed reveals a lot about its genre and the quality of its content. The book publishing industry differentiates in terms of substrate, size, cover, imaging quality, durability, finishing and other features. The main feature of the book is the binding that holds the book together, the signature or sheets, which are in most of the cases made out of paper.

What is the value of digital printing?

Digital printing makes book and dust cover production profitable and flexible. Print-on-demand reduces to the smallest and still cost-effective run and therefore helps to eliminate the need for warehousing as well as cutting logistics and fulfillment costs. Increasing number of titles and electronic alternatives the need for short to medium runs with or without personalization does the rest.

Furthermore digital printing with Xeikon offers:

  • simplex offset quality for high coverage images
  • capable to print non-standard and high value formats (e.g. coffee table books) 
  • suitable for a variety of high quality papers
  • excellent deinkability to support and ensure optimized recycling process

Which is the preferred digital press for book covers?

The Xeikon 3500 digital printing press. The flagship in digital dry toner printing, which produces at true 1200 dpi for formats up to B2+ stunning speeds while offering with its digital front-end full flexibility:

  • wide substrate range: coated and uncoated paper between 40 and 350 gsm (27 lb. text to 122 lb. cover)
  • B2 format or bigger: 516 x 730 mm (20.3" x 28.7") or 516 x 1000 mm (20.3" x 39,4")
  • variable data capabilities: perfectly suited to personalize book covers and dust jackets with barcodes, personalization elements such as recipient names, limited edition numbers etc.
  • high quality printing: 1200 dpi with wide color gamut and spot colors
  • top web speed: up to 19.2 m/min (63 ft/min)
  • handles production volumes: 1,630 B2 sheets/hour

Which is the preferred digital production solution?

Below you can see an example of a full production set-up for book covers including a Xeikon 3500 digital press, a Web Varnishing Module which adds a high-quality UV or water-based coating for protection and a Pile High Stacker to accommodate longer print runs. It is our complete digital printing solution, which comes with all the necessary components for seamless digital graphic arts printing.

Digital production solution with a Xeikon 3500