# Inserting a blank left starting page in a Koma-script book

I am finishing my dissertation, and I'm using the Koma-script scrbook class. My text starts on a right page, which is exactly what I want, but for printing I need to add a completely blank, unnumbered left page to the beginning of the file. Using \clearpage or \newpage, however, produces two blank pages, the first one starting on a right page.

Of course I could use the resulting file and manually remove the first blank page in Acrobat, but I would really prefer to get it right at compilation, to minimize the risk of mistakes in printing. I'm including a mwe below.

\documentclass{scrbook}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\lipsum

\mainmatter

\chapter{Test}

\lipsum

\end{document}

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Hm, why do want to add an blank page? If you want to hard cover your thesis build a hard cover layout in a separate tex file with 4 pages: Title, backsite of title (the empty one?), second-last page (empty), last page (backsite of hard cover). Give both files to your printing company, they should know what to do. If not change the printing company ... – Kurt Apr 29 '13 at 13:15
There's a standard preamble for my department that comes in a separate file, after which there needs to be a blank page. That file will be sent to the printers separately, and not by me. – standard_error Apr 29 '13 at 13:32
Unusual, but still your question is not clear for me. What contains the separate file? Title page and ??? What have you to submit? First ToC? Why do you not build a complete thesis with your own title and delete your title page for submission? Much more easier than everything else ... – Kurt Apr 29 '13 at 14:39
The separate file contains two different title pages, one with a logotype, and a page with contact information for my department. These are standardized, and can't be easily replicated in Latex (at least not in the time I have left). Simply put, that is not an option for me. The only option other than solving the problem I posted is, as I said, to generate the version with two blank pages and remove one using Adobe Acrobat. – standard_error Apr 29 '13 at 15:08
Then do this. You could use option anyside but that will give you a lot of other problems. If the department is not able to include that missing blank side (they really should do it!) delete one blank side with Acrobat. – Kurt Apr 29 '13 at 15:12

1. Change the default behaviour of scrbook for starting new chapters: \KOMAoptions{open=left}.

2. Add something, that is not printed, like \mbox{}. Make sure the page number is not printed, too (pagestyle empty).

3. Insert the page break.

4. Reset the page counter to page 1.

5. At end of \frontmatter, directly before \mainmatter (or in frontmatter directly before you start the next chapter like the table of contents or table of figures) reset behaviour for starting chapter pages in scrbook to default: \KOMAoptions{open=right}.

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}

\frontmatter
\KOMAoptions{open=left}

\thispagestyle{empty}
\mbox{}
\clearpage
\setcounter{page}{1}

\lipsum[1-15]

\KOMAoptions{open=right}
\mainmatter

\chapter{Test}
\lipsum[16-20]
\end{document}

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I'd prefer \mbox{}, but it's just me. – egreg Apr 30 '13 at 0:09
@egreg I just didn’t think of this. – Speravir Apr 30 '13 at 0:12
This still produces two blank pages, since scrbook insists on starting on a left page. Thanks for the help, though! – standard_error Apr 30 '13 at 7:14
@standard_error OMG, I first simply misread your question. See updated answer. – Speravir Apr 30 '13 at 19:46
Yes, this solves the problem. Thank you! – standard_error May 1 '13 at 8:15