Hello, planner friends! Today we’re going to chat about Half Letter Size VS A5 when it comes to planning in your A5 planner. These are just my thoughts on the size difference, and why I only offer half letter size over in my printed insert shop. Used to, I don’t offer printed inserts for sale any longer as of 2023. I don’t print A5 size inserts myself, I know some shop owners have figured out a way, but for me, it’s not economical at this point in my shop to offer both. I know a lot of people are wondering what the difference is, so, let’s get into it.
Half Letter VS A5 Dimensions
While Half Letter size inserts are sold for A5 size planners, the size is slightly different than traditional A5 size. You can see above, the A5 size is 5.8 x 8.3 inches, while half letter is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. The half letter are slightly thinner and slightly taller than the A5.
In my opinion, you can use both of these sizes interchangeably in an A5 planner, but there are some people who do not like it, because you can tell that the pages are different sizes. It all will depend on how particular you are with your planner.
Is A5 the same as Half Letter?
No, the sizes are not the same. However, when you order half letter inserts on Etsy, they are hole punched the same as A5 inserts, and are designed to be used in A5 size planners. If you would be bothered by your inserts and dividers not matching up on the edges, you won’t want to mix and match the sizes. Though, for reference I always just order A5 dividers for my planner, and use half letter inserts with them. It is all totally a personal preference.
Why I Don’t Offer True A5 Inserts
While I am beginning to add true A5 sizes to my printables (two per A4 size page), I do not offer A5 size in my printed inserts, and here’s why you might see that from me and a lot of other US sellers.
First of all, half letter is simple because it is half of a letter size piece of paper. This paper is standard in the US. For A5 size, it is half of an A4 piece of paper. These paper sizes are standard in other countries outside of the US.
Easy enough, right? Just order A4 paper online. Well, it has been a struggle for me just to find the paper, and when I do, shipping costs are high. I would hate to offer something in my shop and then not be able to fulfill the orders if there was ever an issue with getting the paper, and I would have to sell them for more because of the price difference. I could print one A5 page per letter size page and trim them, but that would use twice the amount of paper that half letter uses, so they would in turn need to be more expensive.
Then, there’s the issue of paper quality. When I looked at A4 paper and even the alternative of using US Legal size paper, I could not find the same paper quality that I currently have for my half letter inserts, and that’s really something I would not want to sacrifice on, because you guys love the quality of the paper I use for my inserts.
To Sum It Up…
To sum up half letter size vs A5, that’s basically it. It is pretty difficult to find A4 size pages in the US, then there are the issues with paper quality, and either way I tried to configure it, true A5 size would have to be more expensive, but honestly I think that the half letter size is great.
I just love my paper supplier that I have right now and if A4 paper ever became more accessible in the US and I could print two A5 pages to an A4 sheet of paper, I’d be happy to offer it. For now, I hope you continue to enjoy my half letter inserts.
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I hope this comparison of A5 vs half letter is helpful and helps you decide what accessories and inserts to use in your planner.
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Is A5 the same as half letter?
No, they are two different sizes. While they may not vary much in their size difference, they are different and it’s noticeable if you try to use both A5 and half letter inserts or other supplies in your planner.
Is A5 of half letter bigger?
Neither, really. A5 inserts are 5.8 inches wide, which is wider than the 5,5 inches wide half letter, but they are also 8.3 inches tall, which is shorter than the 8.5 inches tall for half letter.
Where can I buy half letter size paper?
You can’t really purchase pre-cut half letter size paper. You can cut letter size paper in half, and print that way, but it gets kind of complicated and I have never had good luck printing that way. It’s best to find printables like ours that are formatted to print on letter size and then cut in half after printing.
Is A5 the same as half A4?
Yes! While letter paper is the standard in the US, A4 is the go-to paper size for other countries, and just like half letter is half of letter size, A5 is half of A4 size paper
What is half letter size called?
It doesn’t have an official name- it is simply half letter size. It was created mostly by those in the US who wanted to have an A5 size planner, and still have an easy way to make inserts and accessories since A4 and A5 are not as prevalent here.
Also, I do want to note that I’ve seen some blank A5 size papers for sale on Amazon and other places, but you’ll still have the question of the quality, and then in my personal experience, my printers have never done well with printing a large quantity of smaller size pages like that, and I always end up with alignment issues, paper jams, and things like that. So, just something to keep in mind.
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