Newspaper format

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Comparison of some newspaper sizes with metric paper sizes. Approximate nominal dimensions are in millimetres.

Newspaper formats vary substantially, with different formats more common in different countries. The size of a newspaper format refers to the size of the paper page; the printed area within that can vary substantially depending on the newspaper.

In some countries, particular formats have associations with particular types of newspaper; for example, in the United Kingdom, there is a distinction between "tabloid" and "broadsheet" as references to newspaper content quality, which originates with the more popular newspapers using the tabloid format; hence "tabloid journalism".


Manfred Werfel Research Director and Vice President of IFRA predicts a trend towards the Berliner format.[1] In 2006, Manfred Werfel revised the DIN 16604 from 1975.

In a recent trend,[1] many newspapers have been undergoing what is known as "web cut down", in which the publication is redesigned to print using a narrower (and less expensive) roll of paper. In extreme examples, some broadsheet papers are nearly as narrow as traditional tabloids. An average roll of 26.4 lb (12.0 kg), 45 in (110 cm) diameter newsprint rolled out is 9.7 mi (15.6 km) long.

Sizes in mm x mm (aspect ratio)[edit]

Comparison with ISO 216 (1.414)[edit]

  • A2 594 × 420
  • B3 500 × 353
  • C3 458 × 324
  • A3 420 × 297
  • A4 297 × 210


  1. ^ "Press web". Retrieved 2010-12-12. 

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