Marginalia, or should there be margins?

In talking to various people about PDFs we came across two schools of thought.

School one says, leave the book as is when you make the PDF. In other words, leave the white margins.

School 2 says, the whole reason that Nooks and Kindles became white, was to create the illusion of margin, which gets lost with reflowable text.

The iPad comes in 2 versions, black or white margin.

The decision we came to was, with the exception of adding a bookmarked TOC (table of contents), we’ll be creating PDFs as an exact copies of our books, meaning we’ll be using a 6  x 9  (paper size) page setting.  This is smaller than our PDF page setting now, which is 8 x 11, which is what our printer requires to make a printed book.

Leaving the set up as 8 x 11 means huge white margins.  Bringing the paper setting down means readers see the book as it is in real life, but there is still a 1/2 inch margin on all sides.  It’s walking the middle road. But feel free to make a different decision.

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