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I am trying to produce a A5 size booklet. You might have seen these old small A5 size math books, with large size text in every page. They are very comfortable on the eyes to read and handy to hold.

I am using documentclass book. If I use a5paper, the produced PDF is still A4 size with the text being produced in top-left corner of A5 size. Also, the text is pretty small compared to the large font seen in booklets.

Are there LaTeX templates or packages I can use to easily produce this kind of A5 booklet? LaTeX newbie here :-)

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I usually use the geometry package, with a5paper option (and like 7pt font size). The use of a5 size is an excellent idea!

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How to specify font size in geometry? – Ashwin Nanjappa Dec 1 '12 at 1:38
I use amsart and specify the font size with that, I think the effect it creates is nice as amsart is a very compact document class and fits well with the smaller paper size. – John Salvatierrez Dec 1 '12 at 1:42
but anyway, something like \documentclass[10pt]{book} works (although the range of font sizes is very very limited, although^2 there might be some latex packages for that) – John Salvatierrez Dec 1 '12 at 1:43

You could consider looking at the source of the The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX, which you can either find on your machine


(or whichever language is appropriate)

Or else you can unzip lshort-5.01.src.tar.gz from http://tobi.oetiker.ch/lshort/ and you'll find lshort-a5.tex which you can use as a starting point.

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Have a look at external: A5 Reports with LaTeX and external: Formatting documents for the iPad, maybe you can pull something from these examples.

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