I made my first hardback book yesterday. This is really just a trial run, but I am really happy with it and I learned a lot from the process. The book is cloth bound and the pages are sewn in.
I even put in a bookplate! Check out this amazing resource for vintage images.
I really like the texture of the cloth, and it was so simple to put together. My reference was this tutorial. If anyone has any questions I would be happy to give my input.