This is Our List of the Best Fonts for Books!
When it comes to book formatting, one of the biggest decisions we have to make is what fonts to use. There is a lot to consider, and each formatter will have their preferences to what they like to use. There are classic fonts which almost all formatters will use consistently, but when it comes to the main chapter headings and body text we need to look at various things.
For example, the genre of the book, target audience (younger vs. older generations), etc.
We are going to give you our top 5 fonts for headings and body text. We are also going to throw in a few of our most popular fonts.
The fonts we chose for this category range from serif to sans serif to script. There is always a time and place for these fonts. Genres play a huge part in this process. Some fonts can be used in any genre, while other fonts would look off or out of place. We also play with the font sizes, as an increase or decrease can dramatically change the look and feel of the book.
- Trajan Pro (serif)
- Bebas Neue (sans serif)
- Oranienbaum (serif)
- Source Sans Pro (sans serif)
- Lucida Calligraphy (script)
When choosing body text, you have to think like a reader. Is it hard to read? Too small? Too large? Picking the wrong font can make a book impossible to read for some readers. Serif fonts are the most popular type of font used for books, but there is always room for sans serif fonts. Caution: Sans serif fonts tend to be harder to read for longer periods of times where serif seems to be easier on the eye. A few examples of where you could use it is cookbooks, short non-fiction books, and children’s books.
- Adobe Garamond Pro (Garamond Family) (serif)
- Baskerville (serif)
- Palatino (serif)
- Bodoni (serif)
- Helvetica (sans-serif)
Other Favourite Fonts
These some more of our favorite fonts that don’t get used as much but when a book comes along, you just know that one of these will work. These are for all those special areas or even headings depending on what the book calls for.
- Sketchnote Text
- Rieven Uncial
Just remember that when you are getting your book formatted you have the final say. So, if you don’t like the font being used, then ask for something different. We will always give you our opinion as professionals, but when it comes to the final product, we want you to be 100% happy. Fonts are used to bring your book to life! But just remember that you hired us for a reason, so if we don’t think something will be best for your book we will tell you.