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a blank space around a section of printed text between the printed text and the edge of the paper

COMMENT: Margins should be wide enough to allow the book to be trimmed not only when it is bound for the first time, but if it needs to be rebound in a library binding. The four margins are not usually the same width: the back margin is the narrowest and the foot margin the widest. The ratios between the four margins vary from book to book and from printer to printer, but common ratios are: (back: top: foredge: foot) 2 : 3 : 4 : 6 or 1.5: 2 : 3 : 4. Note that the opposite is the case with magazines, where the top of the page is more important and has a wider margin than the foot.



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