# [texhax] Regarding margin for binding in thesis

Arvind bahuroopi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 23:17:49 CEST 2010

```Dear Alan,

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 1:53 AM, Alan T Litchfield <alan at alphabyte.co.nz> wrote:
> Arvind,
>
> There is no real convention with regards to inner and outer width
> dimensions. In some cases they are of equal width and in others they vary
> quite remarkably (both positive and negative variances). In some places in
> the world it seems there is an accepted wisdom that there should be a
> positive difference (US?) and in others it seems that there should be none
> or negative (Northern Europe?).
>
> Ultimately it depends on what kind of binding method you are going to use.
> For example if the book is thin and saddle stitched then you can get away
> with having no difference between inner and outer margins, whereas if it is
> thick and perfect bound (say a thick paper back) then a wider inner margin
> is desired because the volume will not lay flat and will be difficult for
> the reader push it open sufficiently to read. If the binding is sewn and
> hard cover bound then a wider inner margin is desirable but it may not be as
> wide as that needed for a paper back novel. Then, if you are going to spiral
> bind your thesis for marking then make certain the inner margin is going to
> be wide enough to accommodate the holes that will be punched through the
> paper.
>
> After several decades I have not encountered a publisher who has required
> that the outer margins should be wider than the inner, but that may be a
> geo-sociological issue. I am not based in western/northern Europe and
> conventions there may be different. I agree that this is counter intuitive.
>
> I am surprised that the thesis is to be printed on two sides however. From
> what I have seen, most are printed on one side only which makes the
> discussion moot since the page margins will all be the same. Then the most
> important consideration becomes how much margin space to allow for markers'
>
> In your case, I don't know what stage you are at. That is why I made the

Many thanks for the elaboration. I finally used old-fashioned
\oddsidemargin, \evensidemargin and \textwidth to adjust the margins.
I will discuss with the binding guy, and change the margins if
necessary.

As for your other observations, there seems to be no rule at my