Before we share some recommended fonts to use when you are book detailing, our very first advice is to outsource it. We strongly recommend that you are using a typesetter for your book. It is to make sure that the design and layout of your book will appear as professional as possible. However, you can also make it easier on the typesetter and reduce your cost by learning the basics of choosing the best fonts in a book, in addition to which ones to avoid at all cost. Keep reading!
The general rule of thumb says that professional editors will tell you that titles and subtitles are best typed in “sans serif” fonts, while the text are best with “serif” fonts in book detailing. There is logic behind that, since “serif” fonts are much easier on the eyes. This may seem like a trivial detail, but it does have a great impact in terms of reading experience as it affects your readability. Well, to start your quick lesson, we will briefly explain the differences between “sans serif” and “serif” fonts.
“Sans serif” fonts refer to those without small projecting features we refer to as “serifs” found at the end of strokes. There is less line width variation in sans serif fonts than in serif fonts. In prints and book detailing, they are commonly used for headlines as they can help guide your eye along the lines in large chunk of text. However, they are also accepted in use for body text in Europe.
On the other hand, “serif” fonts in typography refer to those with a small line being attached to the end of a stroke in any letter of symbol. That small line is what we refer to as a serif. You can find it in handwriting that is separated into different units for a typesetter or typewriter.
Here are the best fonts we highly recommend you to use for your book detailing:
Unlike Arial, Helvetica is a sans serif font that is not as overused. For titles and subtitles in book detailing, this font looks as a more creative choice.
Aside from being the default font for headings and titles in Microsoft Word, Calibri also works in word processing as you type of manuscripts. It works for publishing, but too recognizable to print in your final book.
Garamond is a serif font with clean and professional look for your book’s text.
If you are not going to use Garamond, then use Georgia for the text of your book.
With Courier, though, it looks good only in a part of your article or book you specifically want to appear like a typewriter. It is supposed to be only in short busts as proportional fonts can flow better.
- New Gothic MT
This is another sans serif font ideal for book detailing which can go really well for titles and subtitles, depending on what kind of “feel” you try to pursue with your book.
As a default font for text in Microsoft Word, Cambria surely is not offensive. However, it is not the most appealing choice either. But if you don’t plan to fuss too much over choosing the perfect font, defaulting to Cambria is always the most effective way.