On October 22, 2019, we retired our blue and gray cloth covers in favor of a blue and gray Digital Cloth™ Covers with linen textured lamination. We also retired gold foil spine stamping for printed spine text in a non-metallic gold color. These changes will allow you to have more flexibility with cover colors, with or without dust jackets, in the near future. Stay tuned...
Below are some frequently asked questions containing additional information about these
Q. What is digital cloth?
A. Digital Cloth™ Cover is used to describe a textured digital image designed to mirror the look of our
original cloth offering.
Q: Will anything change during the title set up process?
A: Please see the following screen shots for changes:
Updated Binding Type to reflect “Digital Cloth™ Covers”:
Updated Book type information to reflect “Digital Cloth™ Covers”:
Updated Format text to reflect “Digital Cloth™ Covers”:
Q. What is textured lamination?
A. This is a new offering where our matte lamination is textured to give a linen-like feel to
the finished cover.
* Please note that linen textured lamination will not be available in our Australia facility and will
be replaced by our standard matte lamination.
Q. Can I still use the stamped text fields to enter the spine text I want printed on my hard cover book?
A. Yes. These fields will remain available but will be referred to as spine text only and no
Spine text is available for Hard Cover (HC) Digital Cloth™ Cover books. Digital Cloth™ Cover books are available in either blue or gray.
Up to 42 characters may be used on the spine in the following order and must not exceed the following number of characters per field:
- LEFT: 12 characters
- CENTER: 26 characters
- RIGHT: 12 characters
If the number of characters allowed per field is exceeded, text will overlap on the printed book.
The available characters include 26 uppercase and lowercase English-alpha letters, numerals 1-10, space, period, comma, hyphen, quote, apostrophe, and the two parentheses.
Please type the text exactly as it should appear on the finished book.
Spine text may match or be different from the title and contributor information entered under the title information for the book.
Q. Will the font used on the spine be the same?
A. Yes. The font has been closely matched to the one used for stamped text so it will have a
Q. What is the font name and size that will be used?
A. Cheltenham Book, 18 point
Q. What if I want to change my current spine text?
A. You can update this through your online account by editing your title information or by
contacting IngramSpark Support
Q. What if I want to change my book format to something other than digital cloth?
A. Contact IngramSpark Support for help with this.
Q. Will these changes impact my title availability?
A. No. Titles will not be removed from production as part of these changes, meaning there
will be no interruption to title availability.
Q. Can I continue to set up titles with a cloth cover between now and October 22nd, 2019
A. Yes. The cloth option will remain available until it is officially replaced on October 22nd,
Q. When is the last date that orders will be printed in the original cloth format?
A. October 21st, 2019 will be the last date that all orders will be printed in the original cloth
Q. When is the latest date I can place an order and receive the current cloth product?
A. You should allow for the maximum turnaround time of your selected print service level,
as outlined in the IngramSpark Publisher User Guide, plus shipping time to your delivery
Please note: you should also check your account for updates regarding changes to print
service levels as busy season is approaching and turnaround times are subject to change.
Q. Do I need to make any updates to the existing cloth titles in my library to accommodate
A. No. On October 22nd, all existing cloth titles in your library will be automatically updated
to the new digital cloth product in the original color you selected (blue or grey) and with
your current spine text. You are not required to take any action throughout this transition.
Photos of the new Digital Cloth™ Cover book types are available through the links below:
Please contact IngramSpark Support if you have questions.