< Back to blog posts

How to create and print an awesome hardback photography book


We showcase a recent hardback, photobook print project to give you ideas and inspiration on what can be achieved with printing.

'In Bohemia' from Willem Jaspert is a brilliant example of a hard back photography book printing. Check out the front cover and look at the typography! 


It's a kitchen sink job this one, everything has been added to it. We have red foiling over the yellow material cover. We buy all of our hardback cover materials from Winter&Company and this is 'Dunkengelb' from their Wicotex range. Red foiled allowed over the top soaks in and gives a slight deboss. We have the name of the publication and the author down the spine. Foiling is a way of finishing printing with an elegant appearance.

It is a bespoke book page size at 253x210mm. This means the important biddles on this book are a width of A4 with a few centimetres trimmed off the height to create a more unique, bespoke size.

When you open the cover, you are presented with this double factor of Colorplan Vermillion endpapers. The brilliant thing about using Colorplan for your endpapers is the entire sheet is that colour including the edges. You don't end up with a white edge to the paper which you do if you were to print white on one of our 'house' papers. It can really push print to the next level.


There are 50 colours to choose from within the GF Smith Colourplan range. Let us know which you will work for your project and we can buy them in.

The endpaper is a wider double page spread which folds in half. The left hand half is glued to the inside of the hardback cover cover and the right hand side forms the fly sheet.

The text pages here are onto 150gsm silk. This is a classic photography zine with a wide range of visually exciting image making. Bohemian photography from Willem and a potential award winning book and something itsnicethat, Creative Review and the Digital Printer Awards should enjoy.

The whole book is digitally printed on our HP Indigo press to give a pure print, life-like appearance to the images. The reproduction is crisp on the choice of silk pages. Remember, Ex Why Zed are litho printers to for the ultimate print quality on longer print runs of the 700 copies or more.

An extremely well styled and well presented coffee table publication and a great example of how to self publish a book.

News, articles and whats what
Take a look at some of our other blog posts.
UK Book Sales 2021: Highest Record in 10 Years
By Mike Heaton

UK Book Sales 2021: Highest Record in 10 Years

Sales of fantasy, science fiction, romance, crime novels, and personal development titles increased by 5 per cent compared to 2020, owing to strong demand. The sales totalled £1.82 billion, a 3 per cent increase over 2020, and, for the first time, sales have surpassed £1.8 billion. Short run hardback book printing was in high demand […]
Insight into the State of Book Markets in the UK and Beyond
By Mike Heaton

Insight into the State of Book Markets in the UK and Beyond

The book markets in the UK, Europe and the USA, along with many others worldwide, experienced a strong year in 2021. That’s reassuring as the bounce back took place against the backdrop of emerging COVID-19 variants and the pressures on supply, staffing, and pricing that resulted. In China, though, book sales have yet to recover […]
1 2 3 23
© 2021 Ex Why Zed Ltd. All Rights Reserved | A suggestion to the rest of the print industry - why not use some brain power and creativity to write your own content rather than copying ours again? | Website by Catchfish Online