Chronicle Books' blog: "From the design desk: Ends"

Another inside peek at the way the brains of the Chronicle Books designers work: this time, it's a fairly glorious exploration of bookbinding details – all about endpapers. 

Another integral element of every hardcover which deserves some special attention are the endpapers. Also commonly known as end sheets, or endleaves, around here we usually just refer to them as “ends.”
These are first and last pages found in a hardbound book. Half of each endpaper is glued onto the inside of one of the covers and the other half joins that cover to the textblock. (The inside pages of a book all together are referred to as the text block or book block.) The part of the endpaper which is pasted to a cover is called the pastedown endpaper, and the unattached half is called the loose endpaper or flyleaf.


Watch this: a video tour of Oxford University Press USA's distribution center

Personally, I never get tired of watching videos about how giant warehouses operate. Ever since my first in-person experience visiting Chronicle Books' warehouse (prior to their relationship with Hachette) up in Reno, NV many years ago, I've been enchanted by the size & scale of how publishing companies deal with both big and small orders.

This video from one of my client publishers – Oxford University Press – will show you the tall racks with multiple levels of pallets, as well as the smaller shelves with individual piles of books. 4.5 million books in stock at any given time! That is a lot of books.

And they mounted a camera on a box on the conveyor belt! Awesome!

Thanks for the tour, OUP!

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Lisa Congdon:

Last year I became smitten with something I read on Brain Pickings: a list of Art Department Rules by artist & teacher Sister Corita Kent and composer & writer John Cage. While I was laid up after foot surgery last year (with hours of time on my hands to kill!) I decided (with Maria Popova’s encouragement) to hand letter the rules in my own style. What you see above is the result.

Via Brain Pickings – and Lisa Congdon's own site.