CD DVD Books with Sleeves - Glued or Swinging!
Hardbound Book Binding DigiBook Packaging, Chipboard Core


There are many ways we can make CD & DVD Books. We can vary the dimensions, vary the booklets or inner pages, change the material, and we can hold the disc in a multitude of ways; plastic trays, paper trays, glued on sleeves with printed paper or uncoated solid color, swinging sleeves, or hubs (foam or cork). Did we forget any ways? You let us know if we did! Almost all of our books have some sort of customization. After all, did you really want it to look like everyone else's? We didn't think so. Let us know what you have in mind!

Our CD and DVD Book packaging does have one common element though - they all have a chipboard core and use book binding construction.

  • Digibooks with Glued on Sleeves - Uncoated Matte Paper or Printed

  • Digibooks with Swinging Sleeves - Great for Multiple Discs

    You can glue on the sleeve, OR you can make a panel that holds the sleeve that swings freely. If you have multiple discs, this is a great solution. You can also incorporate the swinging sleeve into the booklet construction. Lots of ways to go. Here are a few examples of swinging sleeves:
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  • Hardbound CD Book and DVD Book Packaging - Basic Features

    Keep in mind that everything we do is custom built. There are no pre-existing units sitting on a shelf, waiting to doesn't work that way. These are manufactured to your spec so you can change most features. But, the "classic" hardbound book has a few basic features:

    • Thick Chipboard Core
      The cover is a lot heavier than the cover on a paperback or a jacket. We use a thick chipboard core. Construction can be one pice or three piece depending on the other features and wrap material. Thickness can be 390gsm, 24oz or 32 oz. It all has to work together!
    • Inner Pages / Booklet
      The inner pages can be flush with the book or smaller. They can be stapled and attached to the spine, or glued to a panel. They can also be part of the sleeve mechanism, If you have enough inner pages, you can do a perfect bound book so the booklet has a spine. You need at least 28pp to have a perfect bound book.

    • Outer Wrap
      The outside material that covers the chipboard can be a paper wrap (120gsm) printed 4C with a matte or gloss lamination, kraft paper, uncoated paper, or fabric. Fabrics come in many different types and textures. Linen, leatherette, hemp, etc etc etc. Printing on fabric can be silkscreening, metallic inks or foils depending on how well the fabric can take the print.

      Holding the Disc
      Lots of options here:
      Trays, plastic or paper
      Hub, foam or cork.
      Sleeves, glued or swinging.
      LP style Pockets

      Don't they vary! As a very general rule, cd books are about 5inch and dvd books are about 7.5 inch.
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  • Simulated Book Binding CD LPs-- 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 in 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 our "Natural Sound of Japan" project!

    Simulated Book Binding
    (the burgundy Edge is in the artwork)

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  • 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!

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    binding paper and cloth samples:
    fabric, leatherette, and patterned styles
  • CD & DVD Fabric Wrapped Books

    Fabric wrapped hard bound book packaging can give your release just what it needs to get the attention it deserves! (Fabric can also be silkscreened or hot foil stamped)
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  • Perfect Bound Books vs. Saddle Stitch / Stapled 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.

    Perfect Bound Book
    See more examples at : Perfect Bound Books and Spiral Notebooks

  • Options for your Book's Inner Pages - Stapled Booklets

    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. cd digibook binding glued booklet

    Another we can attach a stapled booklet, is to the spine:
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  • Options for your Book's Inner Pages - Perfect Bound Book

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    Perfect Bound Books in digipaks:

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    4pp 2-disc digipak - 40pp booklet,
    Perfect bound, glued into the 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.perfect bound book cd dvd set

    To simplify construction and to provide a more authentic experience, the booklet panels are usually cut larger than conventional disc inserts.

  • Alternatives to Sleeves - Trays or Hubs

    We can also make cd and dvd books using trays. Clear plastic trays are popular and are available in the normal 5inch and 7inch sizes. We can also do paper trays which are currently available in the 5inch size only.
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    See CD and DVD Books with Trays for more examples.

    Hubs are another way to hold the disc(s) and are available in black or white foam, or cork material.
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  • Making Chipboard Box Sets

    We can also make a box set for you. This is a great solution if you have multiple discs, a large book, or need strong shelf presence.
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    Check out our Box Set Collection page for more examples.