What fonts do books usually use?

Which fonts are recommended for books?


There is no such thing as THE one font that is best suited for a book set. However, not EVERY font is suitable for book typesetting. The fonts are specially developed by font designers for a wide variety of areas. There are fonts that are particularly suitable for the screen and fonts that are particularly effective when printed.

There are two things to consider when choosing a font for a book:

1. The easy legibility of the font in large quantities

2. The font should be appropriate to the content

Each font has its own character and can even be described using adjectives such as old-fashioned, elegant, factual, funny, etc. based on its origin and design. A font can even unconsciously trigger feelings in the reader and convey a certain mood. (In the running text, however, the writing should not distract from the content)

On the website www.100besteschriften.de there is an overview of the most popular fonts and a lot of background information. At www.linotype.com you can test and buy fonts with a short sample text.

The font for your book text should not be too small, not too playful, not too black, not too weak, etc. In letterpress printing, it is important that it is and remains good and, above all, easy to read in large amounts of text. Depending on the font, the font size should be between 8pt and 12pt. Theoretically, you can choose any font for the headings, e.g. to emphasize the character of the book content. If you work with a clear, sans serif font for the text, you can choose a suitable serif font for the heading and thus create a contrast.

In typography, a general distinction is made between sans serif fonts and serif fonts. Sans serif fonts are characterized by letters with clear lines without flourishes (no feet below, no highlighting or different widths = serifs see Wikipedia). Sans serif fonts are for example Arial, Helvetica, Myriad and Frutiger.

Serif fonts have these "serifs", so-called small end cords on the letters (also called feet). With these ending strokes, the letters appear as if they are easily connected to each other. This makes it easier for the eye to quickly read and grasp a lot of text. For this reason, serif fonts are often found in books. Examples of serif fonts are Garamon, Caslon, Palatino, Antiqua, Bookman, Times, Minion.

Another tip: Use accents in the text sparingly, as too much italic or bold text would disturb the flow of reading. It is better to italicize or bold only individual words that you might want to emphasize.

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