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Dimensions of Books Paper Sizes | Folio, Quarto, Octavo etc.

Dimensions of Books Paper Sizes | Folio, Quarto, Octavo etc. Paper size

 

Books Paper Sizes

 

FormatWidth × Height (in)Width × Height (mm)
Folio12 × 19 in304.8 × 482.6 mm
Quarto9.5 × 12 in241.3 × 304.8 mm
Imperial Octavo8.3 × 11.5 in209.55 × 292.1 mm
Super Octavo7 × 11 in177.8 × 279.4 mm
Royal Octavo6.5 × 10 in165.1 × 254 mm
Medium Octavo6.5 × 9.3 in165.1 × 234.95 mm
Octavo6 × 9 in152.4 × 228.6 mm
Crown Octavo5.4 × 8 in136.525 × 203.2 mm
12mo5 × 7.4 in127 × 187.325 mm
16mo4 × 6.8 in101.6 × 171.45 mm
18mo4 × 6.5 in101.6 × 165.1 mm
32mo3.5 × 5.5 in88.9 × 139.7 mm
48mo2.5 × 4 in63.5 × 101.6 mm
64mo2 × 3 in50.8 × 76.2 mm
A Format4.3 × 7 in110 × 178 mm
B Format5.1 × 7.8 in129 × 198 mm
C Format5.3 × 8.5 in135 × 216 mm

 

The size of a book is generally measured by the height against the width of a leaf, or sometimes the height and width of its cover. A series of terms is commonly used by libraries and publishers for the general sizes of modern books, ranging from folio (the largest), to quarto (smaller) and octavo (still smaller). Historically, these terms referred to the format of the book, a technical term used by printers and bibliographers to indicate the size of a leaf in terms of the size of the original sheet.

 

 

United Kingdom

A common paperback size in the UK is B-format. For example, Penguin Classics are in B-format, which is 129mm x 198mm. This contrasts with A-format (110 mm × 178 mm) and C-format (135mm x 216mm).

 

Japan

In book construction, Japan uses a mixture of ISO A-series, JIS B-series, and several traditional Japanese paper sizes. A- and B-series signatures are folded from a sheet slightly larger than ISO A1 and JIS B1, respectively, then trimmed to size. The most commonly encountered sizes are listed below.

NameTranslationApproximate cover size (width × height)
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B4判JIS B410.1 × 14.325.7 × 36.4
A4判ISO A48.27 × 11.721 × 29.7
AB判AB8.27 × 10.121 × 25.7
B5判JIS B57.2 × 10.118.2 × 25.7
菊判Kiku(“Chrysanthemum”)5.9 × 8.715 × 22
A5判ISO A55.8 × 8.2714.8 × 21
重箱判Jūbako (“Tiered Box”)7.2 × 8.118.2 × 20.6
四六判Shi-Roku (“4 × 6”)5 × 7.412.7 × 18.8
B6判JIS B65 × 7.212.8 × 18.2
新書判/B40判Shinsho” (“New Book”) / “B40”4.1 × 7.210.3 × 18.2
小B6判“Small JIS B6”4.4 × 6.911.2 × 17.4
A6判ISO A64.1 × 5.810.5 × 14.8
三五判San-Go (“3 × 5”)3.3 × 5.88.4 × 14.8

 

 

 

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