I would like to convert the following margins that I have found in my MS word document to geometry package.

Top: 2.38cm Bottom: 2.38cm Inside: 2.29cm Outside: 1.52cm

Gutter: 0cm

Here is MWE:



The main issue here is that createspace is complaining that the gutter is insufficient and should be atleast .75". The margins that I have provided are from their word template but when I submit it for review I get an insufficient gutter margin error that states I need gutter margin of atleast .75in and inside, top, bottom, outer, margins of atleast .25in. Does my code follow those specifications?


Here is an image from createspace's interior file reviewer. You can see that the page is coming out the dotted lines. On the left you can see the errors that have shown up. This image includes the answer that was suggested by @DL6ER enter image description here.


I already have had my book approved for a book proof and have already recevied the proof. The only reason, I want to change the margins is because the margins I used to get the book approved were odd. The text was too close to the gutter. Here is the code that I used, maybe, someone can manipulate it so the text isn't so close to the gutter and the outside margin isn't so large.

\geometry{ paperheight=8.00in, top=.75in, bottom=.75in, paperwidth=5.25in, inner=.38in, outer=.75in, bindingoffset=.75in, }

Here is image of it on createspace. Aside from the showframe, the dimensions are fine (according to createspace). The main issue that I am having is that outside margin (the one indicated by the arrow) is too in so if that could be stretched then that would be perfect or even if the entire text could be centred then that would be fine also.

enter image description here


I have contacted Createspace and they have informed that only the first 18 pages of my document are a little bit outside of the required amount, the rest of the book is perfect. I have reviewed the other pages as well and that seems to be exactly the case. My Introduction is the only portion of the book that is outside the margins, otherwise, the rest of the book is fine. What could be the issue?

  • I do not really understand why they complain about the gutter margin, when there is no in the word document. Are you sure you got the right margins from word? All your other margins are greater than .25"...
    – MrD
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 16:38
  • @DL6ER Yup, I got the margins right from word.
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 17:01
  • Your geometry settings comply with the specs you've posted at the top of your question. Can you post the exact error message you get from createspace? A wild guess: createspace may not appreciate overfull boxes. I noticed you get some overfull boxes in your document; for instance, on page 2, "Morbi" sticks out in the right margin (this is obvious if you load the showframe option of the geometry package). Increasing \tolerance a bit will help getting rid of overfull boxes and might resolve the problem.
    – jub0bs
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 17:05
  • @Jubobs I have included an image that shows the errors by createspace's interior reviewer and you are correct about overfull boxes. I have one overfull vbox with following error Overfull \vbox (13.59999pt too high) has occurred while \output is active [] [7] [8.
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 17:39
  • @gekkostate: Ok, thanks for the picture, but I have to admit that I don't understand what they are doing there, because (to me) it seems like they use the same page for the left and the right side (see the line on the right side of the textarea which indicates a right side, the line on the left of the textarea indicationg a left side). I my eyes everything is setup just fine and the check of which you posted the screenshot is judging wrong! They are using the "right-side" margins on the right side (no warnings here), but also on the left side - of course there the margins are wrong!
    – MrD
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 18:54

2 Answers 2


After several comments the problem seems to be rather on the side of createspace. There is a package available on github, that was made for creating books with LaTeX for publishing on createspace. Hopefully this helps: https://github.com/aginiewicz/createspace/blob/master/createspace.sty

Reading the package contents is seems like


is better than all the geometry-stuff. Page size will be calculated automatically. In addition you might also want to play with the additional options trim and bleed.

Making the borders visible

Add showframe when you are loading the package geometry, then you can see for yourself:


This picture shows your settings on a A4-page: enter image description here

As you can see, the marginpar is leaking outside of your original dimensions, to remove it, add marginpar=0cm in your geometry-settings.

  • I have updated the post with your answer but it makes no difference.
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 17:39
  • @gekkostate: Answer updated
    – MrD
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 21:03
  • I am familiar with this createspace package and as a matter of fact have used it but there is a bug in the package that I found and contacted the author about it. Due to this, I changed to geometry. I posted a comment regarding the setting I used to get approved before. Is it possible to manipulate that in some way so that the page is not so close to the gutter? EDIT: I have updated the post to contain an image of the other dimensions that I posted.
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 21, 2013 at 21:24
  • I have third update. It seems that only a portion of the book is out of line, namely the Introduction. This doesn't make much sense because the content before and the content after is perfectly formatted.
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 14:21
  • Ok, do they say that the Introduction is out of margin or did you checked if it leaks outside the displayed (remember the showframe feature) margins?
    – MrD
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 13:46

You might have better luck using the page layout stuff built into memoir. The class option largecrownvopaper corresponds to your dimensions of 8in x 5.25in, so from there you just need to make sure the margins are correct. This looks pretty close.





You can also check the dimensions with the layout package.

  • My dimensions are actually reversed, they are 5.25in x 8in. Is there are option for that or is that what you meant?
    – Jeel Shah
    Commented Apr 22, 2013 at 12:29
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    I meant the height is 8in and the width is 5.25in.
    – erik
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 7:02

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