How Will Your Dissertation Look?

The files for the inner content and cover will eventually be processed into printed books. But how will they look? The right choice for your book's execution depends entirely on your preferences. We're here to advise you on the options, alleviating decision stress during this busy time for you.

Let's take a brief look at the most common executions. If you have a specific request not mentioned here, feel free to ask about the possibilities.

Paperback or Hardcover

Almost all dissertations are produced in paperback. The paperback cover is flexible but sturdy, featuring a beautiful protective glossy or matte laminate. Hardcover is also an option, with a rigid cover and a headband.

Paper Types

Regarding paper types, the choices are vast! We'll gladly advise you on the best paper and finish. Dissertations often use MC paper, a sturdy, white, lightly glossy paper suitable for tables and photos. If you prefer a matte version, you can opt for white HVO paper. If reading comfort is paramount, cream-colored novel paper is an option. Paper weight and thickness are also crucial considerations, factored into the layout and execution of your book.


Dissertations are typically printed in the size of 17 by 24 centimeters—a format providing ample space for text, images, and tables while remaining manageable. If you prefer a different size, that's also possible.

Printing or Pressing Your Dissertation

Determining the right quantity for your dissertation isn't a one-size-fits-all answer. The minimum required copies vary by university. Most universities have a mandatory minimum number of copies you must submit. More information can be found here.

If you want to print your dissertation in quantities ranging from 1 to 250 copies, it's usually produced on-demand. Beyond that, offset printing might be more cost-effective. We offer both options. Nowadays, the quality of printed books is on par with traditionally pressed ones, offering various advantages.

We're Here to Help!

As you can see, we're here to help and brainstorm with you. You can always receive a physical proof copy for thorough inspection, often at no additional cost! We can also send you sample sheets of our different paper types in advance to facilitate your decision-making.