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I'm trying to output a document sides for the Kindle3 and have a preamble that looks like so:




I have two problems. The first:

! Class memoir Error: \headheight (12.0pt) and/or \headsep (18.06749pt) are  too large for \uppermargin (14.22636pt) by 15.84113pt.

Secondly, my font size directive is ignored: the default 10pt size is output. I do not rightly understand the first error and am rather surprised at the second. Would someone be so kind as to explain my mistakes?

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As for the second problem, 6pt is not one of the supported font sizes in memoir, the smallest is 9pt. See section 1.2 "Type size options" in the memoir manual for a complete list. – Torbjørn T. Jun 30 '11 at 18:03
True. Later in the document smaller font sizes are discussed, Computer Modern's 5pt. If possible I would prefer such a size as that, but I'm not clear on how to redefine the meaning of normal font size, or if it's possible. – troutwine Jun 30 '11 at 18:26
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This example will help you on your way, I think:

% !TEX TS-program = pdflatex
% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode

That said, please note:

  1. I'm using PdfLaTeX, mainly because I think microtype will help improve justification in such a confined space
  2. I've set the other lengths to zero, assuming that you'll be using the empty pagestyle.
  3. I haven't adjusted by dimensions to match yours exactly; I picked this out of an experiment I had lying around.
  4. My approach to your font size problem is to use a 9pt normalfont, then reduce the text with \tiny. I fully accept that this is amateurish, but I'm afraid I don't have the necessary skills to copy and convert mem9.clo as mem5.clo, which is what I think would be necessary to do a "proper job"

I hope that helps.

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