Some people use empty pages to make sure that the front page gets printed on a single piece of paper (example).

I think this is a bad solution, as some people might want to print every page on a new piece of paper. They will get some empty pieces of paper. It is also bad for people who read the document in a PDF-reader.

Is there another possibility to make sure that the front page (or other pages) get printed on a new piece of paper without adding an empty piece of paper?

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    That looks more like the settings used ensure that new sectional divisions at the 'chapter' level (so, including things like the table of contents) start on a 'recto' or odd-numbered page. Usually, you can use an option like openany in your \documentclass declaration to change this behaviour. E.g., in the book class, openany will start a chapter on a new page, regardless of whether it is even or odd; without this option, it will start them only on an odd-numbered page. – jon Aug 14 '12 at 18:41
  • FWIW, I always offer my clients two builds, one with twoside, and one with oneside. Either is right for hard copy, depending on how they want to print it. On the other hand, PDF isn't all that friendly for non-paper reading; oneside is better for this, as the pages don't change shape as you turn them. – Brent.Longborough Aug 14 '12 at 22:59
  • The source is also available: mitschriebwiki.nomeata.de/data/Ana1.tex - So the empty pages are a result of twoside and there is no better way than offering one document with twoside and one with oneside? – Martin Thoma Aug 15 '12 at 8:12

At the highest level here, you have only two options: oneside or twoside.

  • Avoid inserting blank pages manually; use \cleardoublepage if needed. (memoir has \cleartorecto and \cleartoverso.)
  • If you're going to print on just one side of the paper, use oneside

  • If you're going to print on two sides of the paper, use twoside

  • Using twoside, other options such as openany can reduce the number of blank pages

  • PDFs are pretty awful for screen reading, but if you're going to do that, then use oneside, since the layout stays the same 'shape' when you turn from even to odd pages and vice versa.

Oh, and if it's not 'you', then ask your audience and offer them both options.

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