Anatomy


360° book: also known as a carousel book, the front and back covers touch to form a circle. Some 360° books have ribbons that tie the front and back together.
Carousel book: also known as a 360° book, the front and back covers touch to form a circle. Some carousel books have ribbons that tie the front and back together.
Casewrap: also known as a case cover or case wrap, the hard casing of the book made from printed paper wrapped around cardboard. See many examples here.
Concertina: an accordion-pleat, or zig-zag, book without front or back boards. See many examples here.
Debossing: an indented pattern on the surface of a book, like the title or another detail.
Die cutting: cutting paper, pages, and books into specific shapes. See some examples here.
Dust Jacket: the removable paper cover wrapped around a casewrap. See many examples here.
Embossing: a raised pattern on the surface of a book, like the title or another detail.
Endpapers: also known as endsheets, the papers at the beginning and end of the book that are glued to the inside covers. See many examples here.
Foil Stamp: a metallic effect added to specific details and/or text.
Gatefold: two parallel folds that create six panels altogether – three panels on each side of the paper.
Gutter: the space in the middle of a book where two facing pages meet. Take a closer look at books that are designed to emphasize the gutter here.
Leporello: an accordion-pleat, or zig-zag, book with front and back boards so it can still be read like a traditional book. See more here.
Recto: the righthand page of a spread.
Spread: two facing pages, side by side.
Trim size: the actual size of a book.
Verso: the lefthand page of a spread.