Hardcover Book Printing Know-How: Printed Endsheets and Endpapers

When printing a hardcover book, it’s a good idea to think about your endsheets during the design and typesetting phase. A well-designed printed endsheet can add a real “Wow!” factor. And at Bookmobile, we offer a lot of options for endsheets, so consider taking advantage of them!

What are Endsheets?

Endsheets (also referred to as endpapers or endleaves) are the pages at the beginning and end of a hardcover book. Endsheets are typically made from a separate, heavier stock then the paper stock used for the interior pages. An endsheet is a single sheet of paper, folded in half. The illustration below shows the parts of a hardcover book and where the endsheets fit in:

Hardcover Book Printing

More questions about hardcovers? Read Parts of a Hardcover Book.

Here are the endsheet choices we offer at Bookmobile.

Plain Endsheets

For a hardcover, we’ll spec your endsheets to match the color of your interior paper stock as a default. So a poetry title printing on our 60-lb. cream stock will get cream endsheets, and an art book printing on our 80-lb. white stock will get white endsheets. All hardcover books at Bookmobile get endsheets—some printers do not offer them on low page counts, but we do (and our minimum page count is just 16 pages).

Rainbow (Solid Color) Endsheets

We also offer solid color Rainbow-brand endsheets. To see the color choices available at Bookmobile, see our paper stock list. Don’t see the color you want? If you’re ordering more than 100 copies with us, we can special order a Rainbow endsheet for you and all the Rainbow color choices are found here.

The book pictured below is a hardcover with a melon endsheet:

Hardcover Endpapers

 

And the image below shows how a solid-color endsheet peaks out from the interior pages when the book is opened:

Hardcover Endsheets

Printed Endsheets

Printed endsheets are a very fun option that we offer at Bookmobile. We typically print endsheets 4-color on 100-lb. uncoated white stock, but we have used other stocks when requested and possible. Keep in mind you can print on all three “pages” of the front and back endsheets: the page glued to the interior of the hardcover, and the front and back pages of the sheet facing that. The front endsheets and the back endsheets can also be different designs.

The book below has 4-color printed endsheets on 100-lb. white uncoated stock:

Printed Endleaves

The book below has 4-color printed endsheets on 80-lb. cream uncoated stock, to match the interior stock’s 70-lb. natural:

Hardcover Printed Endpapers

More Endsheet Options

Even more endsheet options are available—just ask! We’ve had one publisher use a black end sheet at the front of their hardcover, then a white endsheet at the back.

We’ve also had publishers who’ve used a different stock for the two pages/one sheet that follow the glued-down page. The book below has black printing on cardinal red endsheet stock (lefthand side), then the next two pages/one sheet is our 80-lb. cream endsheet stock, with no printing (righthand side).

Printed Endpapers

Print Files for Printed Endsheets

If you have plain white, cream, or Rainbow color endsheets, we do not need a print file (or blank pages included in your file).

For printed endsheets, we want two files: one for the front endsheets and the other for the back endsheets. The endsheet files should also be separate from the cover file and interior file.

We’ll need 1/8″ bleed provided; the first and second page of the endsheet should be sent as a spread, and if the third page is going to have printing, it should be at the book’s final trim size (plus 1/8″ bleed).

Any questions? Contact me!