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    What is the most common and best used font?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The95Writer, Mar 26, 2014.

    I like to write in actual book format, I feel comfortable writing like this but I am wondering.

    What is the recommended font to use?
     
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    I guess that all depends on what you mean by "book format". If you mean as a direct manuscript, then Courier. If you mean the end product, an actual published book, then something like Garamond, Minion, or Dante.
     
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    ditto that...
     
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    Whatever it is, make sure it's serifed.
     
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    I used to use Times New Roman, but I changed to Courier because I learned from reading some of the discussions here that it's what publishers prefer.
     
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    Blech. There's so much wrong with Courier, from a design perspective. I'll switch the font before I send it out rather than stare at that weird kerning for 400 hours.
     
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    I use Book Antiqua.

    Not sure why, something in the fact that it has 'book' in its name ... (yes I know, totally mad but hey, I'm a writer, I'm supposed to be a little crazy o_O)
     
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    Book antiqua has some very weird line weights, it's not something that I would want to read for hours at a stretch. It's worth pointing out (as much as it's been denigrated on this thread) that the default font on the site is Times and I haven't seen anyone deviate from it.
     
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    There you go ... Book Antiqua! (I didn't know I could change it!)
     
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    Whole lotta fonts have 'book' in their names. Here are 900 or so you can peruse.
     
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    But not the ones that come prepackaged on every computer.
     
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    Well if it's not prepackaged ...

    I do like the look of Book Antiqua. I find it relaxing to read but then you can't please all the people all the time, as the saying goes.
     
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    You misunderstand, Book Atiqua is pre-installed by microsoft. A lot of the "book" fonts he's referencing are custom, you could write your book in them, but when the publisher opened up the file they'd see everything in Times.

    This is a big problem in the Design world, and it's generally understood that you have to take steps to preserve your fonts when you send them to someone, because in most cases the chance that they have the same font that you used are remote.

    I have, for instance, around 2,500 fonts on my computer, some under copyright and some not. I couldn't count on having a client be able to read a file that was written with the same font as the Star Trek VI title.
     
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    What I meant was, I'm not into fonts that much to go and download/buy any. If it's not already in MSWord (or whatever programme I'm using) then I simply won't use it.

    I have looked up a couple of fonts for a cover but I was more interested in the fact that they were depicted as neon lighting.
     
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    Well as far as that goes, it might just be easier to pay someone to design what you want.
     
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    I got the general idea from a website that generated a picture of whatever words you typed in and then I got out the old coloured pencils and redrew it how I wanted it to look.
     
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    I agree with you. All people have their differences and preferences.
     
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