Taming LaTeX’s Page Layout: A Visual Template and Toolset for Book Authors

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Have you ever struggled to configure a book layout with LaTeX—setting the paper size, book page size (trim size) and margins? In this post we explore the relationship between LaTeX’s model of the page and the conventional model used within the world of print and design. Using a set of Google Slides, which contain detailed page-layout illustrations, we show, step-by-step, how to formulate some very simple equations which provide a link between LaTeX’s layout model and a typical specification that might be produced by a book designer or print-on-demand company. We also present and discuss a brand new Overleaf template which offers an implementation of those equations and provides visual page guides and rulers to preview your book’s text area and margins:

Screenshot of the Overleaf template

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