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Question: What is Digest Size?
Books, magazines (such as Reader's Digest and TV Guide before going to a larger format), as well as some product catalogs and comics are often printed with digest size pages.
Answer: If you take a letter size piece of paper and fold it in half, that is roughly digest size. It's also a common booklet size and may be referred to as catalog size. Digest size pages are typically smaller than those of the standard mass-market paperback book.

The actual dimensions of a finished digest size publication can vary from 5.5 x 8.25 inches to some smaller variation depending on the size of the sheet of paper you start with and the amount of trim. Digest refers to the size of the individual page, not necessarily the full size sheet that forms one signature (4 digest size pages when printed front and back).

Some typical digest sizes (page sizes):

  • 5.5 x 8.25 inches
  • 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • 5.45 x 8.45 inches
  • A5 (approximately 5.83 × 8.27 inches)

Digest as a Style of Writing

Publications in digest size are smaller than larger publications such as journal size magazines and broadsheet or tabloid newspapers. They may contain fewer or shorter articles or condensed or summary content. For example, in addition to original content, Reader's Digest is a magazine that features condensed versions of stories and articles previously published in other publications.

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