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Matte versus glossy covers

Not so long ago people in bookstores would reject a trade-published book for being self-published simply because of the glossy lamination on the cover. Now both Lighting Source and CreateSpace offer matte lamination, so the people who dislike self-published books will have to find other criteria.

Whether you select matte or glossy lamination for your book really depends on the particular cover. I’ve seen one book with a hot pink cover that is absolutely stunning.

I tried a matte cover on one of my books and immediately switched to gloss. The matte lamination made the green background too dark in indoor light. Outside in natural light the colors faded.

Front covers of two books printed by Lightning Source.

Matte on left, glossy on the right. Photo taken in daylight. Books printed by Lightning Source.

About Sandra K. Williams

Sandra K. Williams loves books, both printed and digital. Since 1996 she has worked with authors and independent publishers, editing and designing books for print. Since 1999 she has built easy-to-use, accessible websites, and she uses her HTML and CSS skills to design reader-friendly e-books.

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