At Bookmobile, we offer short run hardcover book printing with options. Unlike other short run printers, we offer choices like odd trim sizes, printed end sheets, large-area foil stamps, and more. And unlike offset printers, we can offer many of these options on a run of just 100 copies.

About Our Short Run Hardcover Book Printing

Bookmobile’s hardcovers are perfect bound and cased in, with a square spine (versus a rounded spine). Unfamiliar with hardcovers? Read our post, The Parts of a Hardcover Book. For books with coated interior paper stocks, we PUR bind the books and case them in—the cold glue of a PUR bind is more durable and flexible for coated stocks.

We produce anywhere from 25 to 3,000 copies of a hardcover. For runs of 500 or more, we often outsource to a local bindery for a quicker turn (and we only outsource locally so we can keep a close eye on quality).

The Options

Blind deboss on a linen case: Pictured above, The Pass Down Journal from Cleverevolution has a blind deboss on a Pearl Linen Khaki Beige case.

Printed end sheets: The Right Coast by the fine art photographer Susannah Ray is about surfers on the East Coast, and the wave pattern made the perfect printed end sheet.

Photography Book Printing

Black foil stamp on a black linen case: And We’ll Drift Away by the artist Hebru Brantley made great use of a large-area black foil stamp on a Pearl Linen Black case.

linen case

Three-piece case: Pictures from The Walters Art Museum with a Rainbow Antique Sage front and back cover, a Rainbow Antique Forest Green Spine, a large-area gold foil stamp on the front cover, and printed end sheets on Rainbow Antique Cardinal Red.


A two-color foil stamp: Stymphalos from the University of Toronto Press has two hits from the foil stamp in black and gold.


Printed case: Foiled from the American Folk Art Museum has a printed case with gloss film lamination. And Zachary Armstrong: Goodnight Bojangles has a printed case with matte film lamination.

Book PrintingAmerican Folk Art Museum

Dust jacket: Divinity School from the American Poetry Review has a Rainbow Buckram Paragon Case with a gold foil stamp on the print, and a dust jacket with 3-1/2″ flaps printed 4-color on 100-lb. gloss white C2S stock with matte lay-flat film lamination.

Custom Hardcover Printing

More Short Run Hardcover Printing Resources

Any questions? Please contact me! Browse our Gallery for more examples of the breadth of options Bookmobile offers. A list of the paper and cover stocks, hardcover case materials, headband colors, end sheet colors, and more options is on our Resources page, at Paper Stocks and Options. Considering a foil stamp or embossing/debossing? Please see our Guidelines for Foil Stamping, Embossing, and Debossing.

Also, a lot of these same options (foil stamp, debossing, dust jackets) are available for our short run paperback printing as well. See a full list of our options!