What am I doing wrong?

I am trying to make a 8.5 x 11 inch print book. I set those sizes in Word and then made a PDF


I then got this error message:


Your file is 8.264" x 11.694", but you have chosen 8.5" x 11" as your book size.
You can fix this problem by choosing a new book size, or changing your PDF file.


I then downloaded the Lulu 8.5 x 11 inch template, added my text and created a PDF

but I am still getting the same message.


Could someone please tell me what I am doing wrong?


  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    Take your 8.264" x 11.694" PDF and reprint it as 8.5 x11. You can use DoPDF and edit  Properties to adjust the size. Shrink to Fit, to make sure your text is not cut off.

     A citizen of the world.

  • wildwindwildwind Publisher

    Thanks Maggie, it worked! I started off with Lulu's 8.5 x 11 inch template so I assumed that was what DoPDF was creating! I guess it must not have been because when I told it to upscale to Letter size it worked.


    I am beginning to have second thoughts about using this size because the base cost for distributed books is higher than Lulu's whereas for a 6 x 9 it was less! It makes the book prohibitively expensive.

  • Em_PressEm_Press Professor

    I say  make it 6 x9. Try the shrink to fit and see how it looks.

     A citizen of the world.

  • Sounds like Word and/or your PDF "printer" defaulted to A4 instead of Letter size.
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