CD Book / DVD Digibook Packaging
Custom Features


CD Books / DVD DigiBooks are really hot on the market. These are the top of the line, hard bound coffee table, limited edition titles that everyone wants to produce. Many features can be modified and that makes manufacturing very interesting for us! You can customize the size, the covering, the way the disc is held, have multiple discs or items like usb or video panels added, do a box set, add a slipase, and do all kinds of variations on inner pages / booklets inside. We have a lot of fun with these! Read on for some options and features on the spec.

  • CD Book Packaging Photos
    ( 5inch Height )

  • DVD Digi Book Photos
    (7inch Height)

    DVD Packaging is usually around 7inch, like the old movie cases. Digibook height is roughly set by a dvd tray which is just about 7inches. If however, you are using a hub or sleeve (glued or swinging), you don't have to stick to this convention.

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    DVD DigiBook packaging hardcover made with chipboard core
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  • Ways to Hold the Disc - Clear Trays, Paper Trays,
    Glued on Pockets or Sleeves, Swinging Sleeves, Cork and Foam 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.
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    cd book paper cd Tray cork hub 100% recycled

    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.
    CD Book Glued SLeeve POcket Black Kraft Paper

    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 setdvd digibook packaging swinging sleeve customcd book Swinging Sleeve retro vintage disc packaging ideas.

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    Both Glued on Sleeves and Swinging .do can mix and match.
    CD DVD Book Glued Sleeve Pocket Swinging Sleeve Black Kraft Paper
    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.
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  • Multidisc CD & DVD DigiBooks

    Check out these examples....
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    multidisc dvd digibook 4 dvd disc set packaging
    dvd book set 4 disc digibook set
    cd book 2 disc glued sleeves oversizedcd book 2 disc set hubsMultidisc 2 dvd set digibook 6pp tall book and slipcasecd book two disc set glued pockets
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    Record Album Book 12inch cds hubs

  • Hardbound Book Construction - Book Binding

    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.
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    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.

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  • Simulated Book Binding -- Easy on the Budget

    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 close up of cd book packaging

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

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    Actual Book Binding
    (The black edge is from a glued on wrap)

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    dvd digipak simulated book binding

    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)

  • 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:
    cd book tray 5inch

    7inch horizontal trays:
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    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.

    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.

  • Swinging Sleeves to hold the Disc

    These are great examples of swinging sleeves....

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    Softbound CD Cover
    with a free-swinging disc sleeve
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    Free Swinging Sleeves
    shown in DVD Jacket
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  • Looking for a classic LP Album / Blue Note Style?

    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.bluenote cd LP vintage
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    CD LP Book packaging with inner sleeve
    CD LP Cover with two LP style pockets facing Outward
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    LP CD DVD book hard cover packaging
    CD DVD Hard bound album cover packaging

    Check out our special page on the LP packaging style:
    LP Style CD and DVD Packaging
  • Options for your Book's Pages - Stapled Booklet Glued to the Cover

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    CD Book with Stapled booklet
    Back Page Glued 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 - Companion Books

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    DVD digipak 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.

    Perfect Bound Book spine

  • 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
  • Packaging Coatings & Finishes(Matte or Glossy) and
    Special 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.
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    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: disc spot gloss using spot varnish on discspot UV gloss printing matte lamination tall dvd 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.
    DVD Slipcase Packaging Box Set

    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!
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