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This wikipedia page sums it up quite nicely https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentionally_blank_page Such pages may serve purposes ranging from place-holding to space-filling and content separation. And the reason I see it most often Intentionally blank pages are usually the result of printing conventions and techniques.... Book pages are often ...
You don't see it in all books. You sometimes see it--usually in books that are more academic or legal in nature. Essentially, it's nice to have in a publication where a user might expect there to be content on that page. A standardized test, or a legal contract are examples where every page needs to be accounted for--even the blank ones that are there.
It is very useful with single sheets being printed on both sides, where you want to be able to update the sheets. You would have pages 1+2 printed on one sheet, pages 3+4 on one sheet, and so on. If you made a change and a chapter changed from 12 to 13 pages, all the following pages would need to be reprinted as well. Instead if you want to insert a single ...
Printing sheets are done with 8 or 16 pages. This arrangement is much more important in offset printing. If there is any added or deleted context, pages shall be re-organized. Extra empty pages may be added for keeping the same production line. For not confusing the end user, these empty pages carry that message instead of just being empty.
I didn't think it was anything to do with publishing issues. I thought it was the US Dept of Defense wanting to the distinction between a deliberate blank page and an accidental blank page very clear because an accidental blank page might mean vital information is missing.
It can have another explanation for this: Most people read books from left to right ~> the page which is needed to turn is on the right ~> when scrolling a book, the right page is easier to see ~> title of a new chapter should be on this page ~> if the previous chapter has its last page on the right too, there will need a blank page before starting a new ...
Where corresponding users start to read and where their sights are landing on the page intuitively to start processing the page. For LTR users that would be left, for RTL users that would be right.
When I first started to reply to your question, I felt like I was pretty firmly in the paging camp, but as I researched and thought about your question more, I think I've landed in the scrolling camp. Pro-Paging: Level of Control I found an article that compares the "fine grained control" of scrolling, vs letting the user read the story. It talks about ...
Especially in ebooks it is a nice way to let the reader know that he/she isn't missing something, there is nothing wrong, the blankness of the page really is intentional.
Some kinds of work are printed "as a unit"; before a group of pages is printed, the number of pages preceding it will be known. If a particular printing press is set up to print groups of 24 pages and there are 202 pages before the first page of Chapter 12, then the group containing the first page of Chapter 12 will also contain ten pages from the previous ...
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