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Pease Bindery
111 Oakcreek Drive
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: (402) 476-1303
Fax: (402) 476-2978



All About Endsheets

End Sheet
Endsheets must be constructed of at least 80lb. text-weight stock to provide sufficient strength.

Quick what parts of a case-bound or Smyth-sewn book are critical to its overall strength and longevity? The spine is obvious, but would you guess the endsheets are the key stress points in a case-bound book? Therefore, they must be carefully considered during the project planning process. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Endsheet Specifications
Endsheets are typically four-page forms tipped to the first and last signatures of the book block. They are then glued to the insides of the covers. Endsheet stock should be stronger than the book block in order to perform their function properly. At Pease Bindery, we recommend uncoated stock of at least 65lb. cover weight for maximum strength and adhesion. Keep in mind the weight of the endsheet stock should increase in proportion with the bulk, weight and trim size of the book.

Planning Tips

Maintain Consistent Trims: Endsheets should be uniform in size as untrimmed signatures to facilitate the binding process.

Knock Out Inks and Coatings: While printed endsheets are popular for many applications, inks and coatings will reduce strength and longevity. Knock out all inks and coatings 1/8 along the spine of both the endsheet and the book block where the end sheets will tip to the first and last pages.

Keep Paper Grain Parallel: Paper grain direction, an important consideration for all book binding products, must be parallel to grain direction of the board on case-bound books. As paper accepts or releases moisture after books are bound, it expands and contracts. Cross-grain endsheets to the cover board may cause warping and wrinking as these two materials work against each other. To combat this problem, we recommend Pease Bindery supply endsheets for your books to ensure uniformity with the case.

The Pease Advantage
At Pease Bindery, we treat endsheets with the same care and attention to detail that we put into every other aspect of your hardbound and paperback books. We invite you to take advantage of our many years of experience during the planning stages of your project to ensure the most efficient production and professionally-bound product possible.

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