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In the same way that having an empty line between chunks of thoughts (i.e. paragraphs) serves as a visual marker which makes reading and scanning easier, a double space after a full stop / period serves as an improved visual marker for the end of a sentence. I can't recall the source, but I read a study a few years ago on just this point which found the ...


Can open. Worms everywhere. There is no canonical answer here as its still openly and vigorously debated. The Wikipedia page on the topic is very well written and has links to research (tl;dr: It's inconclusive). My own view on this from a UX perspective is: It's a design decision, more than a usage/dogma decision. For digital interfaces ...


You all missed one point. It's true that blank pages help reduce cost of pre-pressing. However, more relevant answer to such a question touches on the issue of securing the printing. That is, every industry standard printing machine is required to print special invisible to human eye codes that help identify the manufacturer, machine, cartridges, and so ...


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 ...


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.


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 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 ...


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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...

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