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Belonging to the ISO 216 standard, DIN B5 is a paper size that holds significant importance in the world of print and design. This particular size measures 176mm by 250mm, or approximately 6.93 inches by 9.84 inches, making it an ideal choice for various applications.

As part of the B series in the ISO standard, DIN B5 is larger than A series counterparts but smaller than C series envelopes. This unique positioning allows it to serve as a bridge between different sizes, offering versatility that few other paper sizes can match.

DIN B5 paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

DIN B5's dimensions are derived from an aspect ratio of √2:1, a characteristic shared across all ISO paper sizes. This ensures that when you scale up or down between sizes within the series, the aspect ratio remains constant - a feature that greatly simplifies resizing tasks.

Interestingly enough, DIN B5 isn't just confined to ISO standards; it also finds its place in ANSI/ASME Y14.1 - an American National Standard for drawing sheet size and format. Despite being less common in North America compared to 'Letter' or 'Legal' sizes, its presence in ANSI standards underscores its global relevance.

In practical use cases, DIN B5 shines as a preferred choice for notebooks and notepads due to its convenient size which strikes a balance between portability and writing space. It's also frequently used for brochures and flyers where more information needs to be conveyed without compromising on compactness.

DIN B5 stands out with its unique blend of versatility and practicality within both ISO and ANSI standards - making it an indispensable asset in diverse printing scenarios worldwide.

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Interesting facts about DIN B5

1: DIN B5 Paper Size

DIN B5 paper is part of the ISO 216 standard, which was first introduced in Germany in 1922. It measures 176 x 250 millimeters (6.93 x 9.84 inches) and is commonly used for books, brochures, and flyers.

2: The "B" Series

The "B" series of paper sizes, including DIN B5, is based on the geometric mean of the A series sizes. This means that if you fold a sheet from the A series in half parallel to its shorter side, you get a sheet from the corresponding B series size.

3: Envelope Compatibility

DIN B5 paper fits perfectly into a C5 envelope, which measures 162 x 229 millimeters (6.38 x 9.02 inches). This makes it convenient for mailing purposes without needing to trim or fold the paper.

4: Japanese Equivalent

In Japan, DIN B5 paper is known as JIS B5. While they have similar dimensions (176 x 250 mm), there are slight variations between them due to differences in measurement standards.

5: Popular Notebook Size

DIN B5 is a popular size for notebooks and notepads in many countries around the world. Its dimensions provide enough space for writing or sketching while still being compact enough to carry around conveniently.

6: Historical Origins

The ISO standard for paper sizes was based on earlier German standards developed by Dr. Walter Porstmann in the early twentieth century. These standards aimed to create a consistent system that would simplify paper production and usage.

7: International Adoption

The ISO 216 standard for paper sizes, including DIN B5, has been widely adopted by countries worldwide. It ensures compatibility and interchangeability of printed materials across different regions, facilitating international communication and trade.

8: Efficient Paper Utilization

The B series sizes, such as DIN B5, are designed to minimize waste when cutting larger sheets into smaller ones. By maintaining the same aspect ratio throughout the series, less material is wasted during the production process.

9: Common Printing Option

DIN B5 is a common option for printing booklets or pamphlets that need to be folded in half. Its dimensions allow for easy folding while still providing enough space for content and illustrations.

10: Paper Weight Variations

DIN B5 paper is available in various weights or thicknesses, typically measured in grams per square meter (gsm). This allows users to choose the appropriate weight based on their specific printing needs or preferences.