I am using an irregular (for LaTex) paper size, but common for book manufacturing. The right/left margins I get are about 1/3rd too narrow. How can I change them without using the geometry package? Here's the MWE:





I am familiar with the scrbook package as well as memoir, but I have to use the book package and can't use the geometry package.

Also, the 12 point font size shows up as an "unused global option". So, to get that font size, should I use the extfontsizes package or??

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    The book class surely understands 12pt and is compatible with geometry. Without seeing what class you're using, it's impossible to help.
    – egreg
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 0:05
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    Is 'it` bookest? If so, you need to use the commands explained in its documentation, I suppose, and not those which might work with book. Note that there are other page layout packages you can use with book e.g. typearea, zwpagelayout etc. See ctan.org/topic/geometry.
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 0:15
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    Note that bookest requires geometry. That means that you ought only to change the page layout dimensions using the interface provided by geometry else its calculations will probably come out wrong and the results are likely not to be what you desire or expect. (Except that obviously it makes sense to use bookest's package options in this case where applicable since these just set the dimensions using geometry anyway.)
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 0:21
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    For example, you can just say \geometry{paperwidth=4.25in, paperheight=6.75in, marginparwidth=0pt, marginparsep=0pt} to set the page and layout dimensions after loading the class. 12pt is not supported by the class, however. As it is, you get a lot of bad boxes. 12pt would make this worse although there are obviously other things you can do to improve things.
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 0:29
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    @user26732 The best thing to do in this case is to leave a comment asking the person to turn their comment into an answer which you can accept and/or upvote and/or whatever. Putting an @ before cfr would have 'pinged' me so I would have known to do this. [It is not always obvious, as in this case, whether something will be helpful or not. So it is quite common to leave suggestions like this in comments and turn them into answers on request.] Glad the suggestions helped, anyway.
    – cfr
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 16:20

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If you are using bookest and are unable or unwilling to switch to a newer class or package, you should use its facilities to set the page layout dimensions where possible. You can supplement these with a call to geometry if necessary. bookest requires geometry itself so you do not need a \usepackage{}. You can just say e.g. \geometry{paperwidth=4.25in, paperheight=6.75in, marginparwidth=0pt, marginparsep=0pt} to set the page and layout dimensions after loading the class. You ought not set the page dimensions directly at all since this will confuse geometry's calculations (since it won't know what you've done) and is likely to give unexpected and undesirable results.

12pt is not supported by bookest. Since you already get a lot of bad boxes with a smaller point size, 12pt would make things worse (although there are obviously other things you could do to improve things).

If you are willing and able to use another class, you have more options. For example, book is compatible with a number of different page layout packages including not just geometry, but also e.g. typearea and zwpagelayout. Or a package such as the Koma-script book-type class can be used with its page layout facilities. (typearea is from Koma.) memoir is a further possibility. Some of these classes provide extended font size options. All support 12pt.

It is hard to give more specific advice without knowing which class you are using.

  • If I could modify scrbook to yield the bookest style, I would.
    – user26732
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 14:08
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    @user26732 The KOMA-classes are full of features and options. I bet you can get the style of bookest, but you need to tell us, what exactely you are after.
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:13
  • I'll make it a separate question.
    – user26732
    Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 11:33

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