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By default I have observed that the margin is always on same side of the page, i.e irrespective of the page being the left page or right page the margin is always on the right hand side of the page. Is there a way to make the margin on left page appear on the left and margin on the right page appear on the right?

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It's by design; see the sample-book.pdf example that forms the class documentation. – egreg Dec 16 '11 at 14:02
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Use the symmetric option of the class.

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