What Do The Stars At The Bottom Of A Page Mean?

4 July 2017, 16:04

Why are there asterisks at the bottom of some of the pages in a book?

Section break in a book
Section break in a book. Picture: Google

Mystery Hour Question

Why do some pages in books have two or three stars at the bottom?

Robert, Knightsbridge

Answer

Name: Non

Qualification: Worked in publishing for 10 years and has typeset books.

Answer: It’s to denote a scene break, where the end of the scene comes at the bottom of a page. If the scene break was in the middle of a page you’d have a line break, but you need asterisks when it’s at the end of the page.

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