Endpapers or Endsheets Need Not be a Source of Confusion.
Endpapers that will print on press, are a fine and relatively inexpensive enhancement. They add an elegant finishing touch to hardcover books of all types. The right color or design can help to make your book unique and especially attractive.
Traditionally, the endpapers print on thick uncoated paper
You may also wish to choose a specialty paper stock or even add a foil stamp or blind embossing as additional touches of style.
Endpapers are also known as ‘ends’ or ‘endsheets’.
The endsheet art should be presented as a separate file from the text. The proper preparation of the endsheets file often causes confusion among designers who are not very familiar with book design. While a simple one color end is easy to designate with just a 4C sample or a PMS code, there is a foolproof way to present the endsheets file no matter how complicated the content might be. This entails the creation of an eight page file that will be finally presented as 8 single pages with all printer’s marks (trim, 3mm bleed and color bars). When laying out the eight pages in spreads in your design software such as InDesign, be sure that page one is a right hand page just as with your text.
The 8 page endsheets file is comprised of:
Page 1. Glues to inside of front cover (blank)
Page 2. Inside front cover (left page on spread)
Page 3. Facing page (right page on spread)
Page 4. Page before the text block
The text block is between front and back endpapers.
Page 5. Page after the text block
Page 6. Facing back cover (left page on spread)
Page 7. Inside back cover (right page on spread)
Page 8. Glues to inside of back cover (blank)
Presenting the final PDF in this manner eliminates any source of confusion for the printer regarding pagination of your endpapers.
This is how to Set-up the Document. Go to File > New, select Document.
This is how the layout will look while working in InDesign. The color is represented here to show the ends at the front of the book, versus the ends at the back of the book.