Folios, Size? The Best on the market at the Best Price?

November 2, 2021

The folio is a type of sheet of paper or parchment, usually used in books, codices or notebooks. Commonly, the manuscripts used to be numbered in folios instead of pages, using Roman numerals for this (this practice was carried out mainly from the 13th century).

The folios are used in various areas that require the presence of stationery materials, these being an option that is taken into account due to its various characteristics.

Parts of the folios

The front and back of the folios have their own designations, which gives a different purpose for each one.


It is the front part and it usually has an “r” marked that identifies it as such; usually on this side of the page it can be written in separate conventional handwriting.


It is the back face of the page and is marked with a “v”; this face is usually written with cursive and worked type, having the type of lines that this type of writing requires.

Both sides play a very important role, adapting to two different writing styles for greater comfort.

Difference between a folio and a sheet

Although they can be considered as two very similar elements, the sheet can be made of different materials, such as metal, wood, paper, among others; being a thin sheet and with different characteristics.

For its part, the folio, although it is a thin sheet, usually has more weight and is thicker than a sheet, having a higher density and being only made of paper or parchment . The folio in turn has its characteristics, among which its marks stand out so that each face can be identified.

The sheets usually have different patterns, being smooth, lines, dots, squares, among other types, depending on their own manufacturer. On the other hand, the folios are usually flat or with their own stripes, in very few occasions with other kinds of designs.

The most important detail that makes a clear difference between the sheet and the folio is the resistance, the sheets of paper (the most used) are generally quite delicate, having very little resistance when exposed to moisture, water and paper material. wet drawing (paints, watercolors, markers).

For its part, the folios have a greater resistance to these media, although direct water continues to be a problem. Drawing on a sheet of paper with paints or watercolors gives good results thanks to its resistance, the same happens when writing with markers (whether based on alcohol, oil or another material).

Types of folios

There are two types of pages that offer different characteristics: explanatory pages and numerical pages; both are very important, so they must be known in depth, let’s see:

Numerical folios

In a book, these are only responsible for pointing out the page number , sometimes being two points smaller than the bodies used for text. In some cases exceptions may be made, such as those works made with two columns, where it is possible to work with a size slightly larger than that of the other pages.

This type of folio can be located at the top, bottom or on a centered side; in the latter case, placing it on the outside of the text, that is, where the end that would face the side farthest from the space between pages is located.

Explanatory sheets

These folios, in addition to their own number, have a title or writing . In this type of folios the name of the author (or an abbreviation in case of being very long), the title of the book, the number of the volume, the name of the chapter or the number of the chapter can also be located; This varies depending on the book, being able to place up to 3 of these data simultaneously, ensuring that the design is not affected.

Indications on the folios

The pages have various indications that are related to the way of ordering the chapters and the data that will be present in them.

  • When a chapter ends on an even page, the next title will be placed in full if it starts on an odd page.
  • In case the work locates its chapters without implicit separations, when a new chapter is started after finishing one with a very short remainder, the title will be placed above it and the remaining text below it; this applies when ending on an even page and about to start an odd one.
  • When a chapter on an odd page is finished and a small text remains, it is placed on the next page for that text together with the title of the finished chapter; the next chapter title will be placed on the next odd page.
  • When a title is quite long and occupies more than half the page, the remaining text of it should be ignored and the title should be changed to that of the previous chapter.

The folio in history

Bearing in mind some of the main rules about the folio, its historical evolution is also an excellent point to deal with on this element.

When the folio began to appear, the manuscripts made were only numbered in odd pages, which were named straight folio, which would also lead to the denomination of the even pages that became known as verso folio.

When books and printed works began to be created, the folio was not yet used because it was not experimented with in that area, however, later, in 1471, the explanatory folios took on an important role, being used for the first time in a printed work that had the name ” Quodllibeta” , written by Saint Thomas and produced in 15th century Germany.

Since then, the folios have progressively evolved to where they have become known today; Similarly, they have come to provide various functions and rules that allow you to take full advantage of your writing potential.

Folios are a very essential element of stationery and writing, which is why knowing everything it offers is very important. It can be said then, that it is an element loaded with great functionality, resistance and adaptability for whatever is necessary.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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