Updated June 2017.
When it comes to eBook fonts, your best bet is to stick to standard fonts and let your readers choose the size and style they like best.
Regardless of the font you choose for your eBook manuscript, once the file is converted to ePUB format, the CUSTOMER will decide which font they want to read your book in. This fact is sometimes frustrating for book designers/typesetters, but it’s great for the end-user – and you!
To ensure maximum readability (across multiple devices, screen sizes, etc.), you will want to eliminate anything in your manuscript that might unnecessarily complicate the eBook conversion process. When it comes to eBook fonts, we recommend you use only ONE font in your book, and that it be a standard one: Arial, Times New Roman, or Courier.
Fancy fonts (especially fancy serif fonts) might look great, but oftentimes they are converted into strange characters and symbols. Your eBook could look like a garbled mess. If you’re a font snob, look at it this way: by sticking to a safe, boring font, you’ll ensure nothing gets lost in translation – or conversion. You don’t want to risk the language itself for the sake of typography.
If you want to include other elements like bold, italic, or underlining, use the format font menu or the buttons on the tool bar. If you need to use characters that aren’t on the keyboard, be sure to choose them from the menu with the same name as your font – not wingdings, symbols, or special characters.
Like the font itself, the font size will be customizable by the reader. The conversion process will go smoothly if you avoid very large or very small font sizes. We recommend 12 point font size for body text and 14-18 point for chapter titles.
In a world where a text can be discovered, accessed, and customized to reader preference on multiple devices (computers, phones, eReaders, tablets, etc.), maximum readability benefits the author as much as the consumer.
Hopefully these font tips will help you avoid any conversion gremlins along the way.
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