If you are an avid reader of books, you may have come across Paperback or Hardcover. However, there are books which publishers directly print on thick paperboard. Now, usually you may not come across them in usual reading scenes, but they are pretty popular in children’s books. Remember the books that Kids have poems and rhymes in? Publishers make them last longer than other paperback versions. Usually, this type of books consists of two-page binding, which makes for one page. On this, the publishers print up with impact font and double spacing to make it attractive. However, most of the Board Book usually come out for children’s books. Therefore, most board books support high definition images.
Advantages of Board Books Over Hard Bound:
When you pick up a hardbound, you can immediately see the difference it has to paperback. The back cover is thick, almost card-bound, and the overall weight of the book is more than say a paperback. The fundamental advantage of having a hardbound cover is that the book in itself remains undamaged. Even if you store the book for extended periods of time, you can still see that the papers within the book are still good. This is because Hard Binding protects the interiors of the book, and thus its contents as well. You can see that the same benefit is there for Board Books. This is more so because this type of the books have to remain properly for years to come, as they are for children who grow over the years. Hence, publishers need to take care of making it as hard as possible.
Hard Bound Features:
Hardcover books, also known as hardbound usually have thick and durable covers. Serious book collectors prefer hardcover books than paperbacks precisely because they are durable. Also, because of the cover’s thick material, publishing houses usually make them more artistic. Hardcover books are usually really just made out of cardboard covered with various materials such as cloth or leather and printed on acid-free paper. Publishers specifically choose this in the Board Books too. However, here, they make the bindings in all pages. The pages become thick and are easy to turn.
Features In Comparison:
Board book, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. Publishers usually make the book out of thick paperboard or binding two or more pages together. If you compare these books to hardcover books, the difference is towards the cover. The cover in Hard Bound is hard and durable, and the pages are still the standard material and texture of the paper. In Board Books, the entire book, down to the pages, are of paperboard, so that it can take wear and tear. However, publishers cannot use this method to publish all the books coming to them. Mostly, board books are exclusively for children because the entire book is durable. We all know that children do not handle material things very well as they do not understand their value yet. As such, children can easily tear off pages of hardcover books, perhaps just leave the covers intact. With board books, children will have a hard time tearing the entire book apart.
Difference Between Board And Picture Books:
As we can see above, Board Books are usually for children and have just pictures in them. Does that make them Picture books? The answer to this is both yes and no. While it is true that Publishers use Board Books for pictures, it is just a format. Not all of these books just picture books. Rather, many clients want to have these Board Books for their industry manuals and brochure materials as well. Thus, you cannot consider that only these are only Picture books. The vice-versa is also true, as not all picture books are just board books. Hence, we can safely say that Board-books is a type of formatting, and Picture books a genre of books. Usually, publishers to appeal to most people, opt to have Picture books, both in Board Books and also Hard Cover versions. Usually, play schools and university boards specify the format that they want for the book. This depends on the end use of the books. Usually, the age group for such type of books is three yrs and above.
Publishing Books For Your Work:
One thing that you shall have to remember is that Board Books are just the format. You cannot prepare a material specifically for Board Books. You can only make material generally, and send it to a publisher. However, at this point, you can ask the publisher to print the book in Board format. The only thing is that you may have to spend much more than simpler books, as the binding for each page costs more. However, at times it is better to leave the decision of printing to the publisher itself. It may turn out that for your work a hardcover is a better choice. And publishers analyse the material, and depending on its value; they suggest the same. You shall have to see that most publishers are not up for printing Board Books, as they don’t have much of a market for them. However, there’s no harm in trying.
Approaching A Publisher:
As per the discussion above, you can see that it is considerably difficult for a standard author or writer to convince a publisher for a Board Book. However, there are things you may use to do so. You can approach a publisher, with a standard manuscript or material, and say that it is for children reading. This makes the publisher look at the options available for him, and there is a good chance that he may opt for Board Book. However, you as an author can only imply that you may want the book to be in such and such specifically design. Publishers mainly consider the chances of this book in the outside market and consider factors such as pages, content, images, pictures, reader age base, changes and editing in future, etc.
Content Which Publishers Usually Take in:
As per the above discussion, we can say that Board Books are generally for children needs. When we search for Board Books, the highest number of results come from portals which offer children’s books. We can see that top board books such as ‘Good Night Moon‘ or ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt‘ usually design the books only. The publishers write the content within this in a very simple English language, taking care not to use any big words. The idea is to speak more through the pictures, and images than just text or content. Having said that, the words need to show the meaning of the pictures within the books. Usually, the publishers are looking to make three or four books which are telling the same content as a continuous story. Say a collection of stories or passages. The chances of you getting a Board Book deal are higher if it is a part of a group. Well-known groups or regarding a particular character.
Interactive Board Books:
What are interactive e-books? Now that we know where the Board Books point to, we can look at ways of enhancing it. Board books require a higher cost investment than other formats like Paperback or Hard Back. Add to this, if you want to connect to the toddlers, you need some extra features in it. As it is, these books are means of education as well. Each page needs to have colourful figures, simple bubble dialogues and so forth. To make the children connect to the book, you may have to bring something to the table. This is where as a publisher, you can include the puzzles, games, join the dots, or even sounds within the Board Books. Since the publishers make the books in thick pages, they can infuse audio video chips inside. If the toddlers press on, say something a figure of a cow, the audio within will speak out the word. This is helpful in making children learn the phrase in a much easier way.
Best Examples Of Interactive:
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell:
This classic tale of a child’s visit to a Zoo has always become a standard for Interactive Board Books. The essential book which becomes a highly effective learning activity. The basic factor for the success of this book is its ‘flip to reveal an animal.’ The premise is simple and fun, talking about the perfect gift of an animal. Kid’s love the book for the past twenty or so years, and it remains to be an Amazon best seller.
Peek-A-Who By Nina Laden:
Colourful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in these two fun board books. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep youngsters guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise endings. The youngest readers will delight in trying to guess who–or what–is peeking through the window and can easily grip the baby-fist-size holes to turn the pages for the answers. The artworks or rhyming sentences in use within this book are already quite popular within school going children and younger.
Millie Moo Touch And Feel Picture Book By Roger Priddy:
Created by Roger Priddy of My Big Animal, My Big Truck, Happy Baby Words, Happy Baby Colours and Puppy, and Friends–each selling over one million copies, fame is the brain behind this book as well. A multi-award winning children’s broad book writer, Roger Priddy has redefined his status with this book. The additional great feature of this is, a child can place his hand on the little peep window and try and guess the animal picture that will appear on the next page. This helps especially in getting the intuitive abilities of a child to develop, keeping him excited as well for what’s to come on the next page as well. This book hones curiosity in your child.
As a writer who is focusing on producing works which appeal to children and toddlers, you should not stop yourself from trying enhanced Board Books. Their interactive value is high, and every child who picks up this will end up learning so much from it. However, as per the present situation, not many publishers want to go with Board Books, for various reasons. However, we believe that everyone should listen and read stories which help him grow. Hence, we take up Board Book preparation. Contact us and let’s get talking about how we can create awareness about Board Books.