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Layflat Books (Hardcover)

The ideal finish for photo books and lookbooks as well as a range of professional portfolios, layflat books give you a stunning finish with no part of the page lost in the spine.

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Product description

Hardback layflat books offer a premium finish with a sturdy, protective outer cover that adds a touch of class to your printed material. They open fully to reveal every millimetre of the content within, making them the perfect choice for those wanting to make a lookbook, photo book, or even for those wishing to invest in a unique personalised notebook.

Personalised notebooks look sleek and professional and add a personal touch to your day-to-day stationery. Opting for a layflat notebook means you can jot and plan to your heart’s content, without seams and spines getting in the way. We can print notebooks in a range of sizes and finishes, from basic to fully personalised and finished, small notebooks that slot easily into a handbag or laptop case to a larger A4 notebook, whatever you need, we can print and personalise it!

Whether for personal or professional enjoyment, a layflat photo book is the perfect way to keep all your favourite images in one place and show them off to either potential customers or your friends a family. Layflat photo books really stand out and make a lovely gift, and you can choose your finish from uncoated matte, silk, or gloss depending on your personal preference. WTTB’s range of hardcover layflat books can be fully customised, so anything you can’t find, please do ask – we are sure to have the perfect hardcover layflat book for your needs.

Use for: Recipe books, diaries, children's books, photo books, portfolios, look books, coffee table reads.

Technical Specification:
Available in 3 sizes
32 - 120 pages
Choose from matt, gloss or uncoated finish
• Extra-thick pages formed by gluing 2 sheets of paper together

Top tip: Add a special finish to make an eye-catching cover that readers will not be able to put down. Download our hints and tips below to find out how to supply your artwork.

Setting up your artwork:

To ensure your layflat book prints perfectly, please get in contact with our customer service team who will talk you through the process and provide you with the correct template.

Artwork tip: Please provide your cover, including spine as a single spread and your inner (text) pages as single pages.

Prefer a soft cover? You can order from our softcover layflat books page.


Artwork Template Downloads

  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - 148x148mm (Square) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - 210mm - Square Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - A4 (Portrait) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - A4 - Portrait Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - A4 (Landscape) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - A4 - Landscape Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - A5 (Portrait) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - A5 - Portrait Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - A5 (Landscape) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - A5 - Landscape Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Hardcover Layflat Cover - A6 (Portrait) Download the In Design template Download PDF
  • Text - A6 - Portrait Download the In Design template Download PDF

Frequently Asked Questions

No question is too big or small for WTTB. We understand that placing a print order online for the first time can be tricky, but we're here to help. If the below FAQs don’t provide the answer you need,get in touch via live chat or telephone. We love speaking to people, so don't be shy.

How does a layflat book work?

Layflat books are bound in a special way to allow the pages to lay completely flat. No information or design is lost in the spine. Pages are glued together to make them thicker and heavier.

When should I choose a layflat book?

You can use them for any publication, however they are best suited to applications where they need to stay open of their own accord, or if you'd like to showcase imagery. Images can flow across the pages seamlessly and will match from page to page with no interruption from the spine. You can use them to create manuals, portfolios, look books, diaries, notebooks, photobooks and even children's books.

Do I have to have a hardcover?

If you are on a tight budget or weight restriction, you can choose a soft cover for your lay flat book over on the softcover layflat books page.

What papers do you offer?

We offer a range of papers to enable you to make any book you like. There is a choice of gloss or matt lamination on all pages as well as an uncoated option for writing on.

Paper weight

Layflat books are produced by gluing pages together therefore the weight doubles.

For example: 170gsm silk becomes 340gsm silk.

The weights given are the total weight of the glued pages.

What sizes do you offer?

We offer 3 sizes, A4, A5 and 210mm square. This refers to the size of your book when it is closed.

You can also choose the orientation of your book. Landscape is best to showcase panaromic photos. Portrait is great for notebooks and choose square for a lookbook or art book.

How do I figure out how wide my spine is?

Our clever spine calculator can assist you. Choose the number of pages you require, remembering to add four extra for the cover and the calculator will determine the correct measurement in millimetres, which will appear beneath the page count. This measurement can also be located on your order confirmation and invoice.

How do I supply artwork correctly?

Hardcover Layflat Books must have an even number of pages and be multiples of 2.

Please supply 2 PDF files, one file for the cover and one file for the inner pages:

1. Cover PDF: One file containing front, spine and back covers. Your file should consist of 1 page. Export your file to a PDF as ‘Spreads’. This step is essential to ensure your artwork is not rejected.

2. Inner pages PDF: One file containing all your inner pages as single pages running in numerical order from your 1st page to your last page.

Cancel and return to WTTB

All designs and selections you’ve made so far will be lost. Do you still want to return to WTTB?

Your design will be saved within Canva but in order to apply this design to your WTTB order you must publish this design. Do you still want to return to WTTB without publishing?