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Page Numbers
It's not a simple 1, 2, 3:
Yes, No, Consecutive, Roman and/or Arabic?

Traditional Standard | Common Variations | Subject Variations | Additional ideas

Traditionally, any book that carries numbered pages will find this true:

Song with a Tenor Lead Boyd Book Interior with Photograph ExampleWith a book open to a double page spread, the page on the left (back of sheet) is even and the page to the right (front of sheet) is odd. Likewise, the beginning of most elements (title, table of contents, acknowledgements, chapters/sections, index, etc.) are on the odd side - facing the reader when looking at a book with it's back resting flat.

Long accepted standards:

  • Total consecutive numbering - the title page is page 1 (numbered or not), continuing on, in order, to the final page.

  • Numbering the "before pages" with consecutive Roman numerals (ending on an even number), then starting the main part of the book with 1 and continuing. Title/verso may or may not show number.

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Other commonly used format variations:

  • Adding alternate numbers, in sequence, when more information needs added: for example a family book has been numbered and already indexed but new photographs or generations need to be added between page 6 and 7 this can be done by adding 6a/6b/6c/6d or 6i, 6ii, 6iii, 6iv. This is not recommended - renumber the book or add cross reference addenda pages - better yet offer the new data free of charge (open source) on your website.

  • Choosing not to number a bound book. This is not recommended - many publishers guarantees are keyed to using consecutive page numbers for quality control. Likewise, any reader of your book will have a hard time referencing anything in the work. "Did you see the item on the 15th sheet of paper in the book, the page starts 'as if...'".

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When considering a page number strategy, the following subjects may also influence your choice:

  • Does your subject have specialized page number format(s)

  • Traditionally plates (fine art, etc.) are un-numbered inserts printed on one side only and have their own table of contents. Furthermore, tradition allows these to be a heavier or different quality paper - causing possible issues in the long term quality of the book binding.

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Additional variation ideas:

  • accent page numbers by using graphics, fonts/symbols ( *4* ), or even dashes (- 4 -) Another example

  • Use a different size font for your page number than the rest of the text.

  • Choose where you are placing the page numbers on the page (top/inside-center-outside, bottom/right-center-left, etc.) Just be sure they are always numbered in the same place throughout.

  • Use an accent font for header and page number.

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