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Belonging to the ISO 216 standard, DIN B6 is a paper size that holds its own unique significance. This standard, recognized internationally, ensures consistency in paper sizes across different regions and industries. The DIN B6 size is an integral part of this system.

Measuring 125 mm by 176 mm, DIN B6 strikes a balance between compactness and ample space for content. It's larger than the A series' A6 size but smaller than the A5, making it an ideal choice for applications requiring more room than a postcard but less bulk than a full-sized letter.

DIN B6 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

The aspect ratio of DIN B6 remains constant at √2:1 as with all ISO 216 paper sizes. This ingenious design allows for seamless scaling between different sizes without distorting the content or layout - whether you're enlarging from B7 to B6 or reducing from B5 to B6.

DIN B6 finds its use in various applications such as booklets, flyers, and personal stationery due to its versatile dimensions. Its popularity in Japan's manga industry is particularly noteworthy where it serves as the standard format for tankōbon volumes.

In comparison with ANSI series (the North American counterpart), there isn't an exact match for DIN B6. However, it closely aligns with 'Statement' or 'Half Letter' size (140mm x 216mm) used commonly in North America.

Understanding these nuances about DIN B6 can help you make informed decisions when choosing your next print project's paper size - whether you're aiming for international compatibility or seeking a distinctive format that stands out from common A4 documents.

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Interesting facts about DIN B6

1: The Origin of DIN B6

DIN B6 paper size is part of the DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) series, which was first introduced in Germany in 1922. The DIN B6 size measures 125 mm × 176 mm, making it slightly larger than a standard postcard.

2: A Popular Choice for Pocket-Sized Books

DIN B6 paper is commonly used for pocket-sized books and notebooks due to its compact dimensions. Its portable nature makes it convenient for carrying around and jotting down notes on the go.

3: An Ideal Fit for Envelopes

The DIN B6 size perfectly fits into a C6 envelope, which measures approximately 114 mm × 162 mm. This compatibility makes it an excellent choice for sending personal letters or invitations.

4: Variations Across Countries

The DIN B6 size is primarily used in Europe and Japan. However, other countries may have their own variations of this paper size. For example, in the United States, a similar paper size known as "Statement" or "Half Letter" (5.5 inches × 8.5 inches) is often used instead.

5: Historical Connection to ISO Paper Sizes

The DIN series served as the basis for the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) paper sizes that are widely used today. The ISO sizes expanded upon the original DIN sizes to create a more comprehensive range of options suitable for various applications.

6: Aesthetic Appeal in Design Projects

DIN B6's unique dimensions offer designers an interesting canvas to work with when creating brochures, flyers, or other printed materials. Its elongated shape can add a visually appealing touch to the overall design.

7: Compatibility with A Series Paper Sizes

The DIN B6 size is part of the B series, which maintains a consistent aspect ratio with the corresponding A series sizes. This means that folding an A5 sheet in half will result in a B6 size.

8: Notable Use in Japanese Culture

In Japan, DIN B6 paper is commonly used for manga (Japanese comics) and light novels. Its compact size allows for easy reading and handling, making it a popular choice among publishers and readers alike.

9: Availability in Different Paper Types

DIN B6 paper can be found in various types such as bond paper, coated paper, or even specialty papers like recycled or textured options. This versatility allows users to choose the most suitable type for their specific printing needs.

10: An Eco-Friendly Option

DIN B6 paper can contribute to sustainable practices as it requires less material compared to larger sizes. Using smaller-sized paper reduces waste and promotes environmental consciousness in printing projects.