About 77% of kids between 6-8 say that everyone they know enjoys reading. While this figure declines over the next few years, getting children interested in reading early has several benefits. It enhances their imaginations, boosts critical thinking, and opens doors for future passions and occupations.
Board book vs hardcover works is one of the greatest distinctions in children’s literature. Read on to learn how these two types of books differ and which one you should publish on your own.
What Is a Board Book?
Board books have the thickest pages of any printed material. Both covers as well as the internal pages are made from sturdy cardboard. They may in some cases be made from wood, though this is rarer.
These books tend to have fewer pages because the pages are so thick. It’s difficult to bind together too many pages, so the maximum number is around 32.
These books are almost always made for young children who would otherwise have trouble turning pages. They also tend to have fewer words and be more image-based. This is another reason that they’re ideal for those in preschool and kindergarten.
How Are Hardcover Books Different?
On the other hand, hardcover books are made for children as well as adults. Their covers are made from sturdy cardboard, but the inner pages are sheets of paper. They’re easy to flip through and often contain no pictures whatsoever.
These books are cheaper to print and purchase than board books are. This is because they require less material.
Since the pages are so thin and adult books often come in hardcover formats, their page limits are very different than board books’. Some hardcover books can contain over a thousand pages. This is especially important for those printing textbooks, long novels, or religious texts.
Publishing a Board Book vs Hardcover
Publishing a board book is significantly more expensive than publishing a hardcover. However, it’s a good choice for those looking to reach a younger audience. If your audience is over the age of 6, hardcovers are generally your best bet.
The process for self-publication is similar regardless of the type of book you print. A board book printing service will help you find the best printing prices. A reputable printer will also ensure that you can sell or distribute the highest-quality materials to your audience.
Hardcover publications can also be printed online in bulk. All you need to do is send your text (and images, when applicable) to the printer and wait for your shipment. You can then distribute or sell the book to whoever its intended audience is.
More on Spreading Your Message
Now that you know the difference between a board book vs hardcover alternatives, it’s time to learn more about sharing your message through literature. Check out the “lifestyle” section of our home page for unique information on publishing all types of books. You also may be interested in our “finance” tab if you’re looking to start a business by selling your work.