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On 01/18/2012 05:52 AM, Sylvia Schmidt wrote:
Okay, from the top: Yes, I'm using linux -> Ubuntu 11.10.

I've talked to the printing company and they said it should be "real" blank pages as the backs. I do not know why exactly, it has something to do with the binding and the 4 pages printout used. (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.)

I even know how to get that using Indesign, but Indesign is a real pain as a 'writing tool'. So I thought I'd try something else... I didn't even think of changing the finished pdf, but that's a great idea! I'll look into your suggestions. Thank you for that.

They print a 4 pages on each side of the sheet of paper and use the equipment to fold, cut, and bind them to make the physical document/book/etc. Modern hardcover novels, using the large print companies, end up printing 16 pages per side of a sheet-block on a web-press. Then these sheets are printed on each side [32 page faces at a time] then take these folded groups and have a machine merge each 32-page group together to make the 400 - 1000 page hardcover, and even mass-paperback books. This is a standard printing method, instead of printing a single 2 sided page at a time. It is easier to bind the 32-page group than the single double-sided pages as well. Easier for printing and cost less in the long run.

That is why the blank pages; to fill the rest of the large size, multi-page, sheets. They want the author to do this, not their people. They do not want to edit your PDF file. Print-on-demand companies, like are do the same, but to a lesser degree.

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