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Ernest Slyman

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How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:13 AM
 
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In my ebook, I notice the top of the right hand page is higher than the left.

In my create space paperback version
the copy margins are so tight they squeeze words, push them off the page.
How do I adjust, expand gutter to overcome this problem?

Do I adjust the word file I uploaded to accommodate such a problem?


Thank you for any assistance.

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cdalebrittain

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Re: How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:31 AM   in response to: Ernest Slyman in response to: Ernest Slyman
 
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Are you talking about Create Space or KDP-Print? They are different, and CS is superior.

Assuming you really mean CS, by far the easiest is to use their templates, which have the margins pre-set. Do "copy" with your Word document, then "paste and match formatting" of the text into the template.

Ebooks don't have left and right pages, because it's just reflowable text, so I'm not quite sure what you mean, unless your book is fixed-format?
Ernest Slyman

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Re: How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:55 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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ERROR states on create space -- Insufficient gutter, books from 151 to 300 pages require at least .5" for the gutter (inside margin) and at least .25" for the outside, top and bottom margins.

Trim is incorrect. How do I rectify. Am I using the wrong template.
Or his my image for cover creating havoc with gutter and trim all at once.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:55 AM   in response to: Ernest Slyman in response to: Ernest Slyman
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I'm intrigued by your comment that in your eBook the left and righthand pages are different. Ebooks don't use left and right pages so I suspect you mean this is what you see when you view your Word document on a screen? If this is the case then there is a formatting problem somewhere which I think you need to address first as this is likely to lead to problems with the paperback.
I'm going to guess and assume you are using KDP Print Beta for the paperback, because I think you have to use a PDF for Createspace - though I might be wrong, not having used CS. What you need to do is format your Word document to the correct physical size, for example if the book is going to be 9" by 5" then you must set the page size in Word to 9" by 5". You also need to use mirrored pages, that is ones where there are left and right hand pages and this is how you set the gutter and margins. You can also do the same with footers so the page numbers are in the outside corners, if that is what you want to do.
This is all explained in the guidelines, page 18 onwards. https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1MMZZIUU7LTIB
An alternative approach is to download a template from the Amazon site and use that but it might be better to work out how to format the Word doc manually. There is another thread on here about the template and the problems someone had with it - which were overcome in the end.
Ernest Slyman

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Re: How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 10:17 AM   in response to: MR R J LAIDLER in response to: MR R J LAIDLER
 
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Thank you. The fault was in the doc margins.

I appreciate your assistance.
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Re: How do I change margins so words don't vanish?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 10:59 AM   in response to: Ernest Slyman in response to: Ernest Slyman
 
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If you are getting the error message "trim is incorrect" then this suggests you do not have the page size set correctly.
It would help if you could confirm whether you are using Createspace or KDP Print. :)
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