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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ I took a couple of days off from everything just to chill and get over this cold, which seems to have worked! I will be getting back to writing like a mad thing this week.

I did do a bit of research on writing whilst I was ill and came across something interesting:

Fonts.

Which font to use when I self publish my e-books is not something I had really worried too much about.

To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about it!

But scanning around the internet for advice on self publishing, I came across the discussion of fonts quite often. Usually, some people argued that a clean, simple font is best where as others say that is too boring and won’t make your book stand out enough.

I am probably leaning towards using a clean, simple font, even if it might be a bit β€˜boring’. I will most likely use Arial, as that is what I use when I write anyway. It is straight, easy to understand and there is nothing confusing about the letters or punctuation.

I have come to this conclusion because I realised, when reading books, I never even notice the font unless it is odd. I prefer to be able to just download an e-book and start reading, rather than getting to the first page and having to decipher the too curly font or oddly slanted writing. But this is just my opinion.

The discussion of fonts is, as I said, something I had not even thought of, but I made a quick decision when I did. My proof-readers said they didn’t notice the font I wrote in, which to me is a good thing, as it’s not about what you type in but what is written.

Maybe one day I will branch out and have a look at some different, still easily-readable fonts but until then, Arial it is!

What is your opinion on fonts? What font do you usually use? Do you notice fonts in the books you read? Do you think Arial is a good font to use?

Progress Report:

Word Count: 887

Status of Second Manuscript: Writing First Draft (Total Word Count: 21807)

February E-Book Review: 82% Read

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48 thoughts on “Fonts

    • Yeah, I think simple fonts are probably a bit better. Pretty fonts are good, but can get very confusing to read, especially ’cause I normally read late on a night πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  1. Fonts are important for me. Arial is among my fonts of choice as it is a sans serif font. In former times we were told that serif fonts (e.g. Times New Roman) were nicer to read. If your eye sight is not optimal, you normally prefer sans serif fonts. Serif fonts stood for classic, romance, perhaps a certain warmth, whereas sans serif fonts were deemed sober, perhaps even cold.
    As I am for clear legibility my preference is obviously sans serif. Not necessarily Arial, as there are other sans serif fonts which seem more elegant.

      • Times New Roman is definitely classy – it is just hard to read when I am not wearing my contacts. Serif fonts seem to be swimming, making it difficult to read for a longer time.
        For hours of fun – I switch my eReaders fonts to sans serif options. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m with you and like clean and simple fonts. However, these days most e-readers allow you to change the fonts, colors and background and when reading from my phone I usually change the font to Georgia or Helvetica to sadly get a bigger font that is easier for me to read. Hope your cold departed πŸ™‚

  3. Now being a graphic designer, fonts are something very close to my heart (hence my blog name πŸ™‚ ). I do agree that legibility is most important especially when there is a lot of information. Simple fonts work best. Arial is a bit boring for me but it does the job πŸ˜‰ I would recommend Century Gothic and Helvetica Neue Light if you ever want to try a new font…

  4. I think there’s a difference between a clean, simple font and a boring font. I am actually quite fond of Times New Roman, but I’ve branched out in recent years. Something you wanna avoid is publishing a book with a Sans Serif font – it’s a huge red flag that screams, “Rookie!” in the publishing industry. To give your book a polished, professional look, always look to the Serif fonts. They don’t have to be fancy or hard to read – there are actually quite a lot of standard-looking, easily readable Serif fonts out there.

    Then again, we’re talking print books here. Whatever font you upload for your ebook can be is Edwardian Script for all that it doesn’t matter – each ereader has different options anyway.

    • So many options in fonts πŸ˜€ It’s definately another avenue I am going to have to research more.

      Thanks for commenting, and the advice, I am very grateful to recieve it whereever I can get it πŸ™‚

  5. Like you suggested, I think the key to a good font is actually not even noticing it when you read. For me, the font is merely the means of making the words accessible as universally as possible, so something simple and clear that carries no risk of distracting attention from the meaning of the words themselves is best πŸ™‚

  6. As with some of your other readers, I generally use Times New Roman. That said, I’m partial to Arial too. When I’m reading, or writing I like to use either of those two. It’s the titles I like to play around with – something that stands out and spruces up the page a little! That way it doesn’t take anything from the main text, because I agree, the less complicated the better for reading.

    I, like you, don’t really dwell on which font is being used, unless there is an issue with it. Paragraph spacing can irritate me, or character spacing. Indents and tabs used inappropriately can rub me up the wrong way too!

    Thanks for an interesting post. It’s nice to stop and think about such things, and you gave us food for thought.
    Mel

    • I’m glad it was a thought-provoking post πŸ˜€ It really is something I need to think of, and now is a good time to do it whilst I still got a while before publishing it out into the world!

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • Times New Roman seems to be a favourite, and I am leaning towards it now. Haven’t even begun to think of a font for the title! Slight panic now about how unorganised I am πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  7. Oh … a post on fonts πŸ™‚ I’m with you – clean and simple fonts give me as a reader an easier time of actually soaking up what has been written – rather than dabbling in deciphering what on earth the author wrote.

  8. When I first started to read your post I wasn’t sure whether you were referring to the cover or inside pages, but I see you’re talking about the manuscript itself. Every writing book I’ve ever read recommends Times New Roman so that’s the default for me. Good luck with your books πŸ™‚

  9. I’m a fan of Century, personally. But yeah, simple fonts are the way to go. If you’re noticing the font, rather than tha words written therein, it’s not doing its job.

    • I haven’t thought too much about font size either, though I do know that readers can change that on e-readers, so I’m thinking just average size is a good start point.

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  10. When I write I like to play around with the fonts, depending on what kind of story I’m writing. I’m a sucker for cursive writing but those are really hard to read. LOL. For publication, I believe a clean font is necessary though. Personally prefer Arial to Times New Roman. Don’t know if Garamond is considered a “clean” font but I tend to use that in my writing a lot.

    • It’s amazing how everyone has preferences, I never even considered fonts as a thing I should have a view on πŸ˜€ But now I can see how important it is and what a difference it can make to a book.

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  11. I think a simple font is smart. Arial or Times New Roman seems to be the general consensus. Like you, I prefer not to notice the font while I’m reading. It should be all about the story, not the IT elements. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I appreciate it!

    • Yep, it’s the story that’s important, if I’m too confused by the font then it doesn’t make me want to keep reading πŸ˜€

      Thanks for commenting and reading πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve always used Calibri (and it looks like I’m the only one here) πŸ˜‰ I’m pretty sure a publisher told me to use that once and I’ve always stuck with it πŸ˜€

    • Well, if a publisher says it, that’s probably very good advice! You’d hope they know what they are talking about when it comes to things like this πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  13. I asked that very question of an expert–I bought an hour of his time to help me clean up the look of my non-fiction books. I had been using Verdana, a wide sans serif font. He told me that serifs are for general text and sans serif is for inside text boxes etc. (which fiction rarely has–non-fic has lots of those). So I switched to Georgia.

    Don’t know if this applies to fiction also but wanted to share it!

  14. I’m a fan of a serif font myself, but honestly if a book is written in something like Arial I have no problem with it. As long as it’s not a fun, unique font (i.e. good in theory, horrible to read) it’s all good πŸ™‚

    • I agree, ‘fun’ fonts are cool and everything, but not if they distract me too much from the actual story I wanna read πŸ˜€

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Harliqueen, i see your blog comments and keep meaning to come across and look at your blog – well, finally i’m here, sorry it took so long πŸ™‚
    Fonts – i think they’re incredibly important. I’m a times new roman user when on pc, but kindle doesn’t have that option, so there i select Helvelica. ( there were more on the old kindle keyboard i have that the paper white i now use) If you’ve not paperwhite but want to know which fonts they use I’ll be happy to let you know. Recently i had a book for review where it was a publisher font and i couln’t change on the Kindle – that happens sometimes, don’t know why? Anyway i simply couln’t read it as the text was so faint and tiny, i’m guessing about 8pt, 10 at most. i could up contrast and put that to max, but ended having to ask for a pdf so i could change it on pc and then upload to kindle, and after all that the book was just OK!
    Back in the early days of self publishing before i was reviewer i’d trawl the knidle free lists daily looking for books, and there were several that were in faint text, or tiny and i couldn’t change. I know nothing of that side of publishing, but if there’s an option as a reader i’d suggest leaving it open as possible for reader to change as wanted. I’ve had simlair problem with text size, some books vary between too small, and then next choice is huge and means i feel i’m page flipping all the time. I usually select fifth up in sixe (there are eight on papaerwhite) as i have eyesight probelms and need reasonably large text but don’t want to change page too often…also there are page margins and line spacing, i lie to have narrowest margins and closest line space, again they help get most words on the page. sometimes fonts mean text is tiny so i change spacing to double but then we’re back to that page turning issue. Some publishers don’t allow these to be changed too, again if there’s a choice leave it to the reader .
    Well, thats my ramblings but i hope you can see just how very important fonts are to readers. Somthing i’d never realised til i got the kindle, and had choices. the right font and spacings make reading a so much more pleasant experience. It’s all co-incided with my eyesight problems, and where i’ve been a reader for many years and have a couple of thousand books at home ( one reason i was “encouraged” to get kindle by Him Indoors was the plies of dusty books everywhere..) but i find many of them really difficult to read now because of text issues, mostly the older ones gleaned from library sales and secondhand/charity shops.

  16. I always enjoy your reviews! Opens me up to books I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

    I didn’t know kindle didn’t have times new roman, and that some publishing formats can’t be changed. I still have a lot to learn about the actual publishing side of selling my books, I see! πŸ˜€ Knowing which fonts are avaliable would be a great help, definately going to have to research this more. Some great points though, font and layout are something I am going to have to be very careful about and ensure I get right, I know how much of a difference it can make, even on e-readers.

    Thanks so much for commenting, I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

  17. I stumbled across a similar article (or maybe the same one) recently as well. Then I researched it extensively after I learned it could be an issue. I tell ya, it just made me feel old! πŸ˜‰ It made me think of the old days back when the words were actually what mattered when you went to look at a book. Haha But seriously, it actually concerned me as well. I feared that there may be other articles such as that which I haven’t found yet and what if I go to self-publish and miss something important that I don’t even know exists. Why can’t “they” put all this information in one easy-to-find place? πŸ™‚ Great post!

    • I know exactly how you feel. That’s kind of why I started this blog, I’m still a couple of months off self-publishing yet, and hope to find lots of research on it and post it here for others to find, to help in their journey too.

      I am worried I will miss something important when I come to publish, that would have been glaringly obvious had I researched more πŸ˜€

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting πŸ™‚

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