Picking the Perfect Typeface

What font should I use? is the most asked question from self-publishers when they are sitting down to format their first book.  I asked it when I formatted my first print book and you probably did too. There’s lots of advice out there, but most of it isn’t very good and some of it is […]

Picking the Perfect Typeface Part 2

Cost The first consideration is cost. Do you have access to Adobe Fonts? If yes, skip to part 3. Do you rent fonts from Fontstand? Yes? Skip ahead to part 3 . Have you purchased a design cuts bundle with a decent serif? Feel free to skip ahead to part 3 if you said yes. […]

Picking the Perfect Typeface Part 3

Fiction or Non-Fiction?  A book is either fiction or non-fiction. There is no way for a book to fall into both groups. It can be a narrative non-fiction that follows the shape of a novel, but it’s still non-fiction. A novel can be a historical drama relying on facts and and dates and real people, […]

Picking the Perfect Typeface Part 4

Tone & Personality If you have a scale where dramatic and serious is on one side and humorous and light is on the other, where does your book fall. As long as it’s not smack dab in the center (which is probably isn’t), it will favor one side more than the other. Is it serious […]

Picking the Perfect Typeface Part 5

Genre Let’s look at genre and how that can play a role in choosing a great typeface. For instance, Sabon is perfect for Romances, regardless of the type of Romance. Dante is ideal for Paranormal and Urban Fantasy books. Janson shines in Science Fiction and Electra is great for actions and adventures. Part of that […]

Finding the Perfect Font: Baskerville

Baskerville is the grand daddy of the typefaces for print. It is a steady and traditional typeface that when placed on a printed page demands the reader pays attention to the words. Before Amazon hired Dalton Maag to design Bookerly for the Kindle, it used Baskerville as the default. However, because it’s the grand daddy, […]

Finding the Perfect Typeface: Bembo

Bembo is a legible typeface perfect for print books and very familiar to UK readers. The Roman is modeled on the Renaissance types of Griffo (from Venice), and the italic received its inspiration from Tagliente’s types, also from Venice, but 100 years later. There seems to be a love hate relationship with this typeface. Either […]

Finding the Perfect Font: Electra

William A. Dwiggins designed Electra specifically to be used for extended text in print form. Even more specifically, it was designed to be used in books. A perfect typeface for self-publishers. It’s a neutral typeface that can be used for almost every project, but still has a spark of personality. Electra is not a revival […]

Definitive Designer’s Typography Bundle from Design Cuts

A few things I want to clarify from the get go. I am not affiliated with Design Cuts in anyway. I don’t get any kind of reimbursement from them. I am, however, I huge fan of their bundles and believe most are worth grabbing. You can purchase the bundle here for $29. This is a […]