The standard page

The standard page (Normseite) goes back to the times of the typewriter. Nevertheless it still serves as a basis for calculating the extent of a book or long text.

A full page typed with a typewriter contains 30 lines with a maximum of 60 characters each (incl. spaces). It is not correct, however, to assume that a standard page consists of 1,800 characters. A page of text always includes incomplete lines (i.e. not completely filled with letters) and space lines, or a page may only be half-full, for example at the end of a chapter.

Experience has repeatedly shown that one standard page consists of 1,500 to 1,650 characters on average. For simplification, the German copyright collecting society
VG Wort has therefore determined the extent of a standard page with 1,500 characters.