Thursday, 9 February 2012

The best fonts to use when formatting eBooks...

Keep it simple
It's amazing how often we see submitted manuscripts from would-be authors that contain a plethora of exotic fonts. In theory, it is possible to format and convert an eBook using virtually any style of font. However, experienced eBook publishers know that theory doesn't always match reality when it comes to converting an eBook.

When book manuscripts containing unusual fonts are converted into the various electronic publishing formats, many of the less well-known fonts are not recognized by the conversion software and end up being displayed as weird symbols, squiggles or even solid black blocks.

The best way to ensure a smooth conversion is to use mainstream fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial and Garamond. Our particular font of choice is good old Times New Roman. This classic typeface is also the choice of many traditional book publishers.

Right, now that we've decided on the style font to use, it's time to consider what size of font is most suitable when formatting eBooks. 

This is fairly simple, for the main body text,  sizes 11 -12 fonts are most commonly accepted as the norm. The book's title and chapter headings are best kept reasonably small because on compact hand-held devices, over-large lettering tends to fill up the small screen and look overpowering. For this reason we recommend that you should not use a font size larger than 18.

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