I am working on a fiction novel. I want to print this in a comfortable size for carrying and reading. I will have the pages printed, cut to size, glued together, with heavy paper added to the outside to form a cover.
I found the
octavo class, which gives a nice look, however, the documentation is a bit confusing. I will print at a local print store. They usually just print on A4 or A5 paper. If I give the store any strange sizes, they'll likely add extra space around the pages, or distort the size to fit their printing machines. Can I use any of the paper-size options (e.g.
octavo) to create a PDF that I is ready for printing at my local print store? Can I trust octavo to give me enough white-space in the middle of the book, where the seam is?
Are there any other classes or packages I should consider for creating a novel? I had difficulty finding anything related to this in CTAN.