End papers are the sheets of paper pasted to the inside front and back covers of a book. Their primary purpose is to provide structural support to the spine of the book. End papers also help to protect the covers of the book from abrasion.
End papers are usually made from a heavier weight paper than the body of the book. This allows them to better support the spine and keep the book’s covers from being damaged. End papers are generally white, but they can be made in any color or pattern.
Some end papers also include a pocket, which can be used to store loose items such as tickets or receipts. End papers can also be used to create fun and unique bookmarks.
To make your own end papers, you will need a sheet of heavy paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, and glue. Begin by measuring and cutting your paper to the desired size. Then, use the pencil and ruler to draw a line down the center of the paper.
Fold the paper in half, and then in half again. Unfold the paper, and then fold the top and bottom edges in to meet the center fold. Fold the paper in half one last time.
Cut along the center fold line, being careful not to cut through the folded edges. Unfold the paper, and then use glue to adhere the end paper to the inside front or back cover of your book.
End papers can also be purchased pre-made from many craft and book supply stores.
End papers are a necessary and important part of the bookbinding process. They help to support the spine of the book and prevent the pages from tearing. They also add stability to the book and help to keep the cover from wrinkling. End papers are usually made from acid-free paper or cloth, which helps to prolong the life of the book.