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On 18/01/2012 at 11:52, Sylvia Schmidt <> wrote:

There aren't that 
many companies around here that will print and bind books as hardcovers 
with only three copies. If the company wasn't recommended by my 
university I probably would have chosen a different one.

On the side of main topic:
I find it quite surprising. If that printing company is recommended by your 
university, perhaps there is some kind of agreement between company and 
university, and perhaps many students print their thesis in that printing 
company. And yet they are unprepared for continuously numbered PDFs that have 
to be printed one-sided? I doubt that MS Word makes solving your task any 
easier than LO Writer.

Or maybe most students send .doc file to printing company? But that should be 
more expensive, since additional editorial work has to be done (beside 

Or maybe most students prepare their thesis in Adobe InDesign (which, as you 
say, is capable of solving your task)? I find it quite hard to belive, since 
InDesign is really expensive software. But maybe your university has special 
agreement with Adobe that students can download and use InDesign for free?

Going further with offtopic, in Poland there are many small printing companies 
in close neighborhood of each university building. These companies usually 
have few photocopiers, few printers and one or two computers. You can print 
and bind your thesis in almost every of these companies, although only in 
preset hard cover (they usually say "Master thesis" or something similar on 
front cover and they look like [1]). So, if you would like to have your name 
or title of your thesis on your cover, it would be harder and more expensive.

Here in Poland we are used to believe that Germany is land of milk and honey. 
I find it surprising that - at least in that area - in Poland we are apparently 
in better position than you are. Having so many printing companies around, no 
one would care about inserting real blank pages into documents - they would 
just go to another company, the one that has no such prerequirements about 

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Sorry about offtopic, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts :) .
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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