The spine thickness of my thesis?

Determining the spine thickness is essential for anyone who wants their book to look neat. The standard reason is that you want the title of the book or dissertation to be printed neatly centred in the middle of the spine! Another reason may be that your cover image continues across the spine. The text on the front cover also needs to be correctly aligned, so the cover and spine thickness are closely related. If you have any questions about spine thickness and the cover of your thesis, please contact us for advice.

Proefschrift expert Fred Feij

Fred Feij
Your personal dissertation coordinator

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How do I calculate the spine thickness for my dissertation?

To determine the spine thickness of the cover for your dissertation, you need to consider the number of pages. The more pages, the thicker the spine. A simple calculation allows you to determine approximately how thick the book block will be. By book block, we mean all the pages of the book without the cover. The book block is compiled by a machine that applies pressure before the cover is glued around the pages. However, just doing the maths is not enough.


Let’s take an example. You’ve decided to use 100-gram G-print HVO. In practice, there is a small difference in the thickness of the book block between different suppliers. If you have done the calculations without testing this in practice, you may end up with an inaccurate spine thickness, and the title that you had placed so neatly in the middle may be misaligned. This is because the G-print 100 grams coated HVO of supplier X is slightly thicker than that of supplier Y. That is why we always advise you to ask the printer what the actual spine thickness should be for the number of pages you have. Another option is to send an open file of your cover to the printer and ask them to adjust the spine for you. This is a service we always offer!