Previously I’ve discussed 3 Great Fonts to use for Book Covers and tips for Createspace formatting. Today I thought I’d explain a few things about ebook formatting. Specifically which fonts work best. There’s a lot of discussion, and differing opinions regarding ebook fonts especially with the latest Kindle Fire launch.
Previous Kindles do not have the same abilities as the newer models especially when it comes to embedding fonts. These new features have caused many authors to want to make their ebooks stand out by utilizing these new features. But it’s important to note the features (at least not yet anyways) are not available on all ereaders. So you want to be sure to format your ebook for the widest range of ereaders possible, and in most cases this means being simple. There are ways to enhance your ebook and still keep it simple, but when it comes to fonts you really want to just use basic fonts most people have on their computers such as Garamond, Times New Roman, Tahoma, etc. There are a couple reasons for this.
The first reason is people have the ability to change font and font size on their individual ereaders. So even if you just love a particular fonts, chances are there are some people out there who won’t and they’re going to want to change it. Or even worse may pass up buying your ebook because they’re unable to change the font.
This is why it’s best to just pick a common simple font for the body text and allow the reader the option to change it. Below are some of the most common fonts that I use for ebook formatting.
Best Fonts for Ebook Formatting
- Times New Roman
If you want to get fancy and have special chapter headings or title page, I’d suggest using jpg images. This will require you knowing a bit of HTML when you go to set up your table of contents otherwise you’ll have a blank table of contents. However using jpg images instead of embedding fonts will ensure every person is able to read the specialized font and there will be no formatting errors regardless of which ereader the person is using. When it comes to ebook fonts, I tell my clients not to stress over it too much.
Ebooks aren’t like print books. There are no “pages” or things like that to worry about. While fonts are extremely important in print books, they’re less so in ebooks. The main thing you want to be sure of is that it’s easily readable even on a mobile device. And the best way of ensuring that is simplicity. Sometimes a simpler font really is just better.
Which font do you choose when formatting your ebook?