Why do companies print books with pages that are all blank except they say, "this page intentionally left blank".
What do you think?
It has to do with the way books are printed. Usually eight pages are printed at a time on one large sheet, then printed on the other side before they are cut and bound-- (this is why traditionally published childrens picture books are always 32 pages). If the page count doesn't come out exacty to fill the 8x- count, they might say "intentionally blank" to let the reader know that no pages have been omitted.
Coming from the print industry I agree with this, when it comes to books. But I get statements from by bank with Intentionally blank pages, that I don't get. They are individual pages.
Bank managers have to use a certain number of paper sheets per year or their paper budget will be cut in the following year. Also, bank statements look more impressive when they come out of a fatter envelope. But, sometimes, the blank page is the back of a page which is printed on the other side...
I think that if the page were truly blank it wouldn't say "This page left intentionally blank" it would just say "Blank Page", no that can't be right. Nevermind.
I never experienced this and never wondered about it, that is the honest truth.
Yeah, it sounds funny to me. But, even I wonder why pages are left blank and that to intentionally.
Rochelle has explained perfectly why there are blank pages at the back of the book. Some publishers or authors also leave blanks in the middle of a book, so that the next page (new chapter) appears on the side of the right side of the page.
Uh, Rochelle made a cute effort to explain, but in truth, she omitted the facts. Publishing companies leave some pages blank so that, should you feel the need to color some pictures (maybe you have Mark Ewbie's gift) or leave some notes for future generations... you will have the space to do so.
In addition, publishers are aware that we, for some unforeseeable reason, are always driving our cars when that all important call comes in on our cell and the only paper we have to write down an important number or address is of course, on the blank pages of the library book sitting in the seat next to us. In short, they've got your back. Thank you Doubleday!
Since there is actually something printed on the 'supposedly' blank page, maybe we should charge the publisher with false advertising...
I think instead they should put "This page intentionally left MOSTLY blank". That would be hilarious.
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