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I would like to create a mass-market paperback size book using scrbook. The book in question is approximately 400 pages long at 6x9 dimensions. I would like the text to still be readable, but I'd like this version to have as few pages as possible. What packages are recommended, or what techniques/tricks can be used to best accomplish this?

I tried to search the site for answer, but I am caught in a captcha infinite loop. The first two or three times there were pictures, now I just check a box before I get yet another captcha. Hence this question.

\documentclass[fontsize=10pt,headings=small,BCOR=.25mm,openany]{scrbook}
\usepackage[paperheight=6.88in,paperwidth=4.25in, left=1cm]{geometry}
% will the binding correction affect the margins?
\addtokomafont{disposition}{\rmfamily}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[DIV=15]{typearea}
\usepackage{fontspec,xltxtra,xunicode}
\defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text}
\setromanfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Times NR Condensed}
\linespread{.9}
\raggedbottom
\begin{document}
blah blah
\end{document}

The following lines were deleted because LaTeX reported that they were causing conflicts with scrbook. It's odd the crop package caused a conflict.

%\usepackage[small,compact]{titlesec}   %added to save space
%\enlargethispage* %added to save space? didn’t work
%\enlargethispage{3\baselineskip}
%\usepackage[cam,a4,center]{crop} 

I tried reducing the font to 8 pts but it's really not readable. Are there any other suggestions, or packages that might help?

marked as duplicate by Ulrike Fischer, Johannes_B, yo', Community Apr 29 '15 at 10:34

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    And what exactly is the question? Beside this: don't mix KOMA-tools to set the page (typearea, options like BCOR) and geometry. This is at best confusing. – Ulrike Fischer Apr 29 '15 at 8:33
  • Edited question. Is there a way to set a non-standard page size in Koma without using the geometry package? – Michael Kane Apr 29 '15 at 8:54
  • I don't see an improvement. What is your concrete problem? And what do you mean by " I am caught in a captcha infinite loop"? – Ulrike Fischer Apr 29 '15 at 9:00
  • 1. I am seeking recommendations for limiting the number of pages in an scrbook project. This is different from a "it doesn't compile" or, "this package doesn't work" question. For example, using a .9 linespread is one such recommendation. Are there any others? 2. a.enter text in site search box. Hit return. Captcha pop-up appears. Attempt to click within captcha box. Additional picture pop-up appears requiring the selection of photographs similar to a given photograph. Click on matching photograph(s). Picture pop-up disappears. Click on box within captcha pop-up. Green arrow appears. – Michael Kane Apr 29 '15 at 9:08
  • then...Captcha pop-up does not disappear. Close out captcha pop-up. Enter text in site search box. Repeat. Same Result. Repeat. Same result. This may not mathematically be an infinite loop but it appears to yield the same result. – Michael Kane Apr 29 '15 at 9:12
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There are times when squeezing isn't worth the trouble.

michaelKaneScrbookSqueeze

\documentclass[paper=4.25in:6.88in,pagesize=auto,fontsize=10pt,headings=small,BCOR=.25mm,openany,DIV=16]{scrbook}
\usepackage{showframe}
\addtokomafont{disposition}{\rmfamily}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\linespread{.9}
\raggedbottom
\RedeclareSectionCommand[beforeskip=0pt]{chapter}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\blinddocument
\blinddocument
\blinddocument
\end{document}

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