I forgot to mention, this exact behavior also happens if I save a layout as a new custom page layout.
Yes, I get that same basic behavior as well. But when selecting this new custom page layout, the above mentioned settings don't get applied. I am using 6.1.
I am now using v6.3 and -yes my custom pages are saved with the padding applied as wanted.
The custom Page in my Post#2 was modified by changing padding and then Saving as two 'new' custom pages- now I have these also! (My Images are set to "Fit" so my screen-clip shows horizontal images in the vertical cell!)
I cannot answer why yours does not work the same- maybe follow some standard advice- update to 6.3, reset the Preferences file.
Typography is not my 'forte' so cannot answer much for that.
Thanks, wobertc. I appreciate you taking the additional time to verify the padding is working for you.
Honestly, I've been waiting to upgrade to 6.3. I may jump in next week and see if that fixes my issue.
I'm running into all these problems too, this book module is nothing less than a nightmare. Custom layouts sometimes work, sometimes not. I tried every possible workaround, saved new custom layouts, deleted old ones, tried to copy layouts instead of applying a custom layout ... It is not possible to use different fonts in the caption field and in the page field, unless I edit every page again an again (although I saved separate text/font presets). When I unlock text fields from a photo it is suddenly linked to the photo again and I have to deselect the checkbox again. To get everything fixed I needed 10 x the time I would have spend if everything would work as promised.