Best Fonts For Book Publishing
Golden Rules for Book Fonts
- Text - 11-point Palatino
- Chapter Titles - 14-point Helvetica for chapter
- Section Headings - 12-point Helvetica
Fonts Not To Use
- Never use monospaced fonts such as Courier, except when mocking
- Avoid using unusual fonts - except for short items such as cover
items [title and author's name] or for chapter titles.
- Don't use too many fonts. Three should be enough for almost
Types of Fonts
There are three characteristics of fonts worth covering here:
- Serif or Non Serif
- Points and Picas
- Monospaced or Proportionately Spaced
Serif or Non Serif
Fonts are generally either serif and sans-serif. Serif fonts have
little curlicues on the ends of the letters. Sans-serif fonts
- Times Roman
is a serif font
- Arial is a sans-serif font
Generally, in print format, words written in serif fonts are easier
to read. However, online, words in sans serif fonts are clearer.
Serif fonts are smaller in height - you can see that the Times
Roman above looks as if it is in smaller font size - yet the size
for both fonts is the same. This means that publisers can get more
content on the page using a serif font.
Serif fonts also use less horizontal space - this is more noticeable
in a standard sentence:
I am really looking
forward to my book being published.
I am really looking forward to my book being published.
Points And Picas
A given font size is not the size of a specific letter. Instead,
it is the distance in "points" between lines, rather than
"single spaced" or "double spaced"
Print is measured in points and picas.
- One inch of print has 72.27 points. [A point is 0.3515 millimeters].
- Microsoft Word uses exactly 72 points to the inch - Postscript
A pica is twelve points ~ one-sixth of an inch [about four millimeters].
Therefore, a 12-point font will have six lines per inch unless leading
A third type of font rarely used are monospaced fonts. Many online
marketers use these types of fonts in text emails - to ensure that
the 60 character width rule is observed. Personally - i think it
is an uncomfortable font to read and would not use it under any
circumstance. There are other ways to control width.
- Courier is the most
common example of a monospaced font.
- In contrast Times Roman, Arial are proportionately-spaced fonts.
Monospaced fonts were designed for type-writers - and since we
no longer use type writers they should be made obsolete!!
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