How To Choose The Right Fonts For Interior Book Design

Most Popularly Used Fonts In Interior Book Design

It may seem unlikely at first but the fact is the font that you choose to use in your book plays a key role in determining the success or failure of your book. Certain fonts are a lot easier on the eye when reading especially for a longer duration. When you are browsing the different types of fonts, you are sure to come across a few that look great on billboards, banner ads or one-page magazine ads and it can be tempting to go ahead and choose those. However, it is important to keep in mind that these fonts only look good because these platforms use limited words. They may not necessary be the best choice for a book.

Why Is Choosing The Right Font So Important?

The font (typeface) of a book, together with the size of the font determine how much space the text will take up in the book and how many words can fit on a page. It also determines how easy the page will be for a person to read. Too small the font size or too many words that are crammed into one page can make the book difficult to read. Most people are used to seeing only a few specific kinds of fonts in a book. Sticking to these fonts makes them feel more comfortable when they sit down to read it.

Fonts for interior book design—which ones to use?

Types of Fonts

Caslon Font: William Caslon came up with this font style in the 18th century. It then became very popular in a number of books during the 18th and the 19th century. This font has a very distinctive style and it creates a particular kind of texture on a page. Wondering where you have seen this kind of font? A number of old texts books favored this font for years and it is still commonly used for text books.

Janson Font: This font is very popular for fine bookmaking. It is a very elegant kind of font and it was developed in the 17th century by Nicholas Kis. The font uses both think and thick brush strokes that make it look regal and elegant.

Bembo Font: This font is even older than the Caslon and Janson fonts. It was developed in the 15th century by Francesco Griffo in Venice.  It was an extremely modern and smooth flowing script at the time and it has become an inspiration for many other designers who have based their font designs on the Bembo font.

Garamond Font: There are a number of versions of this font that can be found. It is an old font that was designed in the 16th century, inspired by the Bembo font. The Garamond font is known for its grace and elegance and this is why it continues to be extremely popular for all kinds of books and documents.

Sabon Font: One of the newer fonts, Sabon has been inspired by the Garamond font. It is criticized by some due to its italic nature but this feature has also helped to make this font loved by many. A lot of legal documents make use of this font since it makes the italic text easy to read.

If you are not sure about what kind of font to use in a book, choosing one of the above fonts will give you one less thing to worry about when you get your book published.

This is a detailed downloadable pdf of these fonts and a few more that I like in point sizes 11, 11.5 and 12. Usually a book for an older demographic will need a larger typeface.

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