Matte Covers on POD Editions

Sometime last fall, the print on demand supplier I use (Createspace) introduced a new cover finish. Until then, all covers had been glossy, but they began to offer a choice of finish: matte or glossy.

Beguiled was the first book for which I used the matte finish, and it really is lovely. Because I like it so much, I’ll be using it for all future books, and also working back through my publication list to switch older books over to the matte cover finish. The print edition of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is all locked and loaded, and it will have a matte cover. This week, I also switched over The Last Highlander to a matte cover because I was updating the interior anyway.

Just in case you like the matte finish as much as I do, I’ll keep you posted on my progress in changing the settings on the older books.

3 thoughts on “Matte Covers on POD Editions

    • The glossy covers also curl, with changes in humidity, Tez. Coated paper does that if it’s only coated on one side, but these books actually have clear plastic layer adhered to the outside of the book cover. It seems to be much more responsive to humidity changes than the paper (even than coated paper is), so there’s a definite curl to the book covers in the summertime. I keep them under weights and stack them to try to manage it, but the matte covers don’t do that.


  1. That’s interesting Deb, looking forward to seeing the books in the matte finish. I see a lot more authors go for the matte these days rather than the gloss.


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