When disseminating your research with a preprint, is there ever a disadvantage to using (almost) the full printable page area? I see overwhelming advantages to using the entire page:
- The page count is lower,
- hence the document is easier to navigate
- and the printed stack is cheaper and lighter
Possible disadvantages include:
- Some people may want ample space for their own annotations
- Some people may dislike long lines
Whether to use the full printable area is more important in mathematics because one of the dominant styles for formats, namely the ones used in AMS publications, leaves side margins that basically cover >40% of the entire page. This seems rather excessive.
But I also know that many (recent?) formats in mathematics go fairly close to the printable area. So what are the most reasonable side margins for a (mathematics) preprint?