The French flaps style is also called a gatefold. They are the extension of the front cover and / or the back cover of a soft cover book.
One French flap or two French flaps?
There can be one or two French flaps. Flaps are functional as well as decorative.
The reader can tuck a flap into a book to save their place. The flap can hide a CD or DVD in a tamper proof pouch.
The cover can be printed on heavier stock which means it can better protect the CD or DVD pouch. The author can add a biography and a summary of the book, just as you would do on dust jacket. Some self-publishers prefer to leave them blank. Another use is to have a simple logo for a clean look. If you are already adding an emboss or a foil to the book cover, foiling or embossing the logo on the front cover French flap is usually no extra cost.
The width of a flap can usually be nearly as wide as the book. But, this also depends on the size of the book and therefore, the sheet size on press. Everything we do is custom, so let’s talk it over!
Flaps are a custom option
Adding flaps is a custom option not found at print-on-demand services. Star Print Brokers caters to self-publishers. We offer choices and options self-publishers cannot get with print-on-demand service providers. Self-publishers like our customization options, and our pricing too! When you are ready to transfer your files to us, we have an FTP, or you can use DropBox.
Start with a quote today with an option for French flaps! We can talk more about your book and the possible options. But, let’s start the conversation. We often requote several times when a self-publisher is unsure about the options for their book. It is not a problem!