A wide variety of cloth colors are also available, along with several embossing patterns. Pilot facilities, such as the ICG/Holliston plant in Church Hill, Tenn., can be used to create narrow webs of any custom color desired.
ICG/Holliston has served a leadership role in setting the standard for color pallet offerings. Our participation in the Color Marketing Group, in Alexandria, Va., an international association of 1,700 color designers, has led to the introduction of many new colors in our Arrestox and Kennett cloth lines, and others will follow.
Foil stamping is the most widely used means of decorating natural cloth finishes, and a number of decorating techniques can be employed on coated materials. Typically one thinks of screen printing, foil stamping, and even appliqués on coated products. Several types of coated cloth can also be offset printed.
Once the cover material for the hardbound edition is chosen, the construction of the cover becomes the next important issue. The construction must meet the end-use needs of the book, and for certain editions, industry specifications might apply.
This can include NASTA (National Association of State Textbook Administrators), LBI (Library Binding Institute), or ANSI (American National Standards Institute), depending on the book's intended use.
In order to deliver a hardcover book with maximum longevity, the cover material, reinforcing components, and how the book block is anchored to the case play an integral role. If any or all of these aspects are not considered, even the strongest cover material won't compensate for poor quality construction.
With the cover material and usage being equal, books produced using a diligent manufacturing process will last for years. Those produced without attention to all crucial aspects of the manufacturing process will literally fall apart in a few weeks or months.
In a nutshell: when constructing the hardbound cover, it's as important to select the right suppliers and construction processes as the cover material itself. The best suppliers can serve as technical advisors throughout the process, to ensure the final book is of the highest quality possible.