January 10, 2015 in 

Known by various names such as end leaf or end sheet, the front free-endpaper (FFEP) is a blank sheet of paper affixed to the inside front cover of a book. It matches the text block in terms of paper stock and finishes.

This seemingly insignificant page holds two essential functions—giving the book a polished appearance and serving as a space for critical details such as the title, author, illustrator, and publisher to be printed. As it is often the first page that greets readers upon opening a book, designers carefully make it visually appealing. Along with featuring the title and author’s name, there may also be an image of the book cover, illustrator’s credit, or even the publisher’s logo.

The FFEP shares the same purposes with its counterpart, the back free-end paper. Positioned at the inside back cover, it provides a finishing touch to the book’s presentation while offering space for printing critical information. Just like on FFEPs, designers put effort into creating an attractive layout, considering readers typically see it last when completing their reading journey.

In addition to safeguarding against damage and providing room for vital textual elements like titles and authors’ names alongside publishers’ logos or illustrators’ credentials, if applicable—we can sometimes find supplementary content on these pages. From maps to illustrations or other visual components, some books utilize this oversized surface creatively.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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