Have you ever wondered about this?

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  1. Doodlehead profile image77
    Doodleheadposted 5 years ago

    Why do companies print books with pages that are all blank except they say, "this page intentionally left blank".   

    What do you think?

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
      Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Sherry Hewins profile image95
        Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
          Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          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...

    2. PegCole17 profile image92
      PegCole17posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
        Rochelle Frankposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Maybe: "This page was intentionally left blank before we added this statement about it being previously blank, intentionally."

        1. PegCole17 profile image92
          PegCole17posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Hahhhah. smile

    3. snakeslane profile image84
      snakeslaneposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I never experienced this and never wondered about it, that is the honest truth.

  2. LeanMan profile image89
    LeanManposted 5 years ago

    This comment is intentionally left blank.

  3. Toytasting profile image65
    Toytastingposted 5 years ago

    Yeah, it sounds funny to me. But, even I wonder why pages are left blank and that to intentionally.

  4. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 5 years ago

    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.

  5. profile image0
    Beth37posted 5 years ago

    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!

  6. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 5 years ago

    Since there is actually something printed on the 'supposedly' blank page, maybe we should charge the publisher with false advertising...

  7. enamateur profile image68
    enamateurposted 5 years ago

    I think instead they should put "This page intentionally left MOSTLY blank". That would be hilarious.


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