# [texhax] Regarding margin for binding in thesis

Torsten Wagner torsten.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 02:42:10 CEST 2010

Dear Arvind,

> I am a little confused about the binding space settings, for a thesis
> to be printed two-sided. I tried the package geometry. Here are the
> relevant lines:
>
> \documentclass[12pt,twoside]{report}
> \usepackage[twoside,bindingoffset=1in]{geometry}

I don't have the commands in my mind at the moment. But I know it is a
common error to believe that the margins which will create the middle of
the book have to be wider then the outer margins. Please check for this.
A correct set-up should give you exact three margins.
|------| Text |---*---| Text |------|
* indicate the book-middle. As you can see the left and right size
margins have the same width like both inner margins together. This
results in a uniform look margin,text,margin,text,margin....

Furthermore, depending on how many pages you have and which kind of
binding you choice there might be no need for an additional
bindingoffset. I can not remember exactly so please use this numbers
with care but for a hot-glue binding and less then 100-150 pages it
should work without corrections.
Other binings allow more or less to bind the book which might require
more or less correction. Check which kind of binding you will choice.
However 1 inch seems fare to much...

In general, an additional but unnecessary correction looks finally much
more wrong then no correction.

As a conclusion of my blabla... use it really with care