There are so many kinds of paper sizes that we talked about – A Series Paper Sizes, B Series Paper Sizes, C Series Paper Sizes and so on. All paper sizes have their importance, and we can not discard any of them. Each of these is important for some particular purpose. Those purposes cannot meet without having the specific paper size. But there are still some paper sizes that we have missed. Can you think of one such paper that we use every day but haven’t talked about yet? We see it every day, read it every day, and still, it comes so far behind in the list? Not fair. Still can’t think of the name? It’s the Newspaper! We have not talked about Newspaper Sizes yet.
Newspapers are one of the most common things that we use every day. We read the daily news on newspapers, get aware of things happening in our society and also find job opportunities. Newspapers come to our homes every day. And most often than not they are quite big. Two of our hands are not enough to hold a newspaper. Have you ever questioned how difficult it would be to make a newspaper size paper? Very difficult.
Newspapers are generally very thin to help with transportation. As we sell them in bunches but this hampers the quality and durability. We know these things very well that newspapers can easily tear. Hence, it is a challenge to design paper that can maintain a balance between being easily transport and being durable. This is precisely why we need to know about the Newspaper Sizes.
Newspaper Sizes have not been standardized under the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and hence do not have standard sizes like other paper sizes. They generally print the newspaper on stock Newsprint paper of dimensions 24 in × 36 in which the uncut size of the paper has used in the newspaper. You can find more information about Newsprint paper stock uncut sizes here. This uncut size later cuts into smaller cut sizes.
|Format||Width × Height (mm)||Width × Height (in)|
|Broadsheet||600 × 750 mm||23.622 × 29.528 in|
|Berliner||315 × 470 mm||12.402 × 18.504 in|
|Tabloid||280 × 430 mm||11.024 × 16.929 in|
|Compact||280 × 430 mm||11.024 × 16.929 in|
|Nordisch||400 × 570 mm||15.748 × 22.441 in|
|Rhenish||350 × 520 mm||13.78 × 20.472 in|
|Swiss||320 × 475 mm||12.598 × 18.701 in|
|Canadian Tabloid||260 × 368 mm||10.236 × 14.488 in|
|Ciner||350 × 500 mm||13.78 × 19.685 in|
|Norwegian Tabloid||280 × 400 mm||11.024 × 15.748 in|
|US Broadsheet||381 × 578 mm||15 × 22.756 in|
|New York Times||305 × 559 mm||12.008 × 22.008 in|
|Wall Street Journal||305 × 578 mm||12.008 × 22.756 in|
|South African Broadsheet||410 × 578 mm||16.142 × 22.756 in|
|British Broadsheet||375 × 597 mm||14.764 × 23.504 in|
The most common of these cut sizes are Broadsheet, Berliner, Tabloid, and Compact. These cut sizes are generally the sizes that we refer to when talking about sizes of newspapers because these are the sizes in which newspapers are delivered to our homes. It is a convention to write Newspaper Sizes as the size of the folded pages.
Broadsheet Size has dimensions of 600 mm × 750 mm (23.5 in × 29.5 in). However, in Australia and New Zealand, Broadsheet Size Newspapers are Newspapers printed on A1 Paper Sizes of dimensions 594 mm × 841 mm (23.4 in × 33.1 in).
Background of Broadsheet Size
In 1972, the British government imposed a tax on newspaper manufacturers based on the number of pages that were there in a newspaper. This movement by the government caused the manufacturers to print newspapers on biggest papers available and also reduce font and thus reduce the number of pages.
These newspapers started to print on single sheets of political satire and ballads which they sold on streets known as Broadsheet. Recently, Broadsheet is losing popularity, and many newspaper manufacturers are using Tabloid Size instead of Broadsheet Size.
Berliner Size has dimensions of 315 mm × 470 mm (12.4 in × 18.5 in).
Background of Berliner Size
The word Berliner originates from Germany and German Language where a Berliner means something is having its origin in Berlin, Germany. So, it is possible that this Newspaper Size originated in Berlin, Germany. We also call the Berliner Size as Midi. It’s one of the most popular Newspaper Sizes among Newspaper Agencies in Europe. Although, there’s a Newspaper named “Berliner Zeitung” which is locally known as Berliner is not printed on Berliner Size Newspaper; hence it creates confusion about the Berliner Size amongst people.
The dimensions of Tabloid size are 280 mm × 430 mm (11.0 in × 16.9 in).
Background of Tabloid Size
The name Tabloid originates from the word Table. It can mean something that can easily keep on a table of smaller size. Which is right for a Tabloid Size Newspaper- it can easily read just beside your tea on the table, and it won’t take up much space. It is the size of a modern full-size Tablet Device. The word can also be traced back to Tabloid Journalism that compacted stories into simple, short and understandable forms. The Tabloid Size is often called as “The Half Size” of a Broadsheet Size Newspaper. Although, this is just a common perception; not reality because Broadsheet has dimensions of 600 mm × 750 mm (23.5 in × 29.5).
Tabloid Size is very close to the A Series Paper Size A3 which has dimensions of 297 mm × 420 mm (11.7 in × 16.5 in) and hence it would be easy for the long term to make a transition from Tabloid Size to A3 Size for printing Newspapers because nowadays everything gets standardize. But even then, Tabloid Size is the most used size for Newspaper printing worldwide in countries ranging from the US, the UK, Russia to India, China, Australia, etc.
Compact size has the same dimensions as the Tabloid Size, i.e., 280 mm × 430 mm (11.0 in × 16.9 in).
When prominent Newspaper and Press Agencies like “High Brow” and “Quality” transitioned from printing newspapers in Broadsheet Size to printing in Tabloid Size; they wanted to use the size but wanted to avoid the aura of Tabloid Journalism that surrounded the Tabloid Size.
This is because they did not want their news stories to be compact; small just because we print them on Tabloid Size paper– they are big agencies; they wanted to maintain their style of presenting news. Hence, at that time, Newspaper Agencies coined and started this term Compact Size. So, this was all about standard newspaper sizes.