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Old 02-19-2010, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Best Ebook font + size?

What is the best font to use on free ebooks, which are to be passed around the net.

Especially onthe part which says,......."for more information click here" (the viral twist)

For your own viral twist fonts- "for more information click here" from your stats and optin rates, what methods work best for you?
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My personal favorite is Calibri at size 14. It's a smaller font than others so 12 is a little too small for it.

I find it to be a very easy font to read and after a lot of testing and playing around that's what I've settled on for my books.

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I like Verdana size 12, but for something that I want to stand out, like "For More Information, Click Here" I might make it 14 or even 16. Also putting it in bold would help attract attention.

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Default Re: Best Ebook font + size?

I make mine between 12 and 14, but sometimes it depends on the choice of font and style you want with your ebook. Don't sweat this too much though because PDFs are designed to be customized by the reader with very little quality loss visually.

In an extreme example, if you wrote a page in 6 font, the reader would think your are a wanker, but then proceed to enlarge his view option to make it readable.

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I personally like Verdana, 12 pt.

14 pt is ok too, but if the font gets any bigger than that I always have to adjust the size of the PDF to be able to read it comfortably.
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Arial font size 12 works for me. Single spacing comfortably fits around 350 words per page.

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Hi guys! I'm just now (after 3 years!!) FINALLY getting around to writing my first eBook, so this forum is a wonderful wealth of info for me - I had the same question as "Entry" above, so thank you all for your input. I'm going to try a couple pages of Calibri, Verdana, and Arial and play around with it a little.

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My personal favorite is Calibri at size 14. It's a smaller font than others so 12 is a little too small for it.

I find it to be a very easy font to read and after a lot of testing and playing around that's what I've settled on for my books.
Exactly what I found, Calibri at 12-14 is great because it looks more "special" than just the normal I-typed-this-in-Word Arial or other options.
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My personal favorite is Calibri at size 14. It's a smaller font than others so 12 is a little too small for it.
I've only now tried this font and it looks very good. Aside from using it in .pdf files, does any Warrior know if it will function correctly in the usual range of browsers, if I were to use it in my text based newsletters?

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Personally I like Arial 14. If you are uploading to Document sharing
sites then you may want it a tad bit bigger, but 14 should do just
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I've only now tried this font and it looks very good. Aside from using it in .pdf files, does any Warrior know if it will function correctly in the usual range of browsers, if I were to use it in my text based newsletters?

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Here you go Jeff, try this link:

Fonts on the web and a list of web safe fonts | Dustin Brewer Web Design

I also like Cambria, I think it's exotic looking.

But both are best reserved for PDFs only as they aren't that widespread outside of the latest MS operating systems. For web work I stick to the boring basics that are supported by the most platforms.
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I like Palatino Linotype 12.

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Thanks very much Catherine, I'll read the contents of your link right away.

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It is all about how the text feels with your layout and graphics.

You want to go with something that is easy to read.

Here is an interesting, but dated article about it: Usability Tip: Select Easy-To-Read Fonts

Since Calibri is the new Times New Roman for Microsoft Word, you can safely think of it whenever Times is listed in this article.

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Personally I like Arial 14.
Same here. I checked out a lot of other ebooks, and chose font and margin settings that resulted in about the same words on a page other ebooks had... because people were complaining about the small number of pages in my ebooks, while I was also buying books with these big fonts and wide margins that the same people were praising even though there was less info in them. 250 words a page is about right.

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I've only now tried this font and it looks very good. Aside from using it in .pdf files, does any Warrior know if it will function correctly in the usual range of browsers, if I were to use it in my text based newsletters?
No, it's just available in Vista and 7, not on Macs.

Also an added problem with it is that (as mentioned already) it is a smaller font. If you specify it and the browser doesn't have it, Arial and Verdana take up more room. The browser will substitute and that can make a mess of the layout.

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Calibri 14 is the best for me so far. It's perfect for reading on the screen. I find anything less to be hard to read for most (or at least my bad eyes).
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In our opinion Times New Roman or Arial in a size 12 is the most commonly used and really customers like simple fonts more so than a crazy looking unique font. However, I would agree with a lot of replies on here that it is eye catching to use a bigger size and using the bold, italic, and underlined options..... but not all three at the same time . You don't want to over do it but when you get to your Click Here button you want a 14 or 16 font size in bold to really catch the customers eyes.

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Andy Fletcher wrote
"Microsoft have spent a small fortune researching fonts for Office 2007. If Cambria (headings) and Calibri (body) are good enough for them they're definitely good enough for me. "
on another WF post - Best font/size for ebook?
Might pay to check it out as well.
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I prefer Verdana 12 pt. It looks quite good and clear.
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I've spent years in publishing both electronic and physical publications. There is one font that stands head shoulders above all others for me, and I use the SAME font for both e-book publishing and physical offline books:

Minion Pro

No other font comes close, IMO, to the comfortable readability, professional look, and elegance of Minion Pro

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I use Georgia for the body text, because a lot of people print things out, and serifed fonts are easier for most people to read in print. Georgia isn't difficult on screen, either, so it makes a good compromise.

Size is usually 12, unless it's a very long document. Then I'll go to 13, to help reduce eye strain on the reader. I also recommend justifying the text, as ragged edges in a PDF document look sloppy, and that can distract from the message.


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I've only now tried this font and it looks very good. Aside from using it in .pdf files, does any Warrior know if it will function correctly in the usual range of browsers, if I were to use it in my text based newsletters?

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Jeff,

CatherineC gave a great link. My two cents on this is also that you can BYPASS the font issue by making your headers an image.

Use the font you want for your headings (that's not necessarily web safe) and just make an image out of the words.

e.g. -


This is your paragraph text that is really cool and sells stuff.


This font is absolutely NOT web safe - it's called Kingthings from here:
Kingthings homepage

I just made text in the font and color I wanted and saved it as a graphic.

Of course, you need actual text for the body, so use something web safe there, but it's a decent balance to jazz up your pages.



To the O/P - I like Calibri as well, however you may want to test with Georgia.

To some it seems to flow easily.

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I use Georgia for the body text, because a lot of people print things out, and serifed fonts are easier for most people to read in print. Georgia isn't difficult on screen, either, so it makes a good compromise.
I always wondered what you used Paul. I like how your ebooks look, and how easily they read.

Otherwise I've always liked 12 pt. Tahoma or Verdana.

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I go with 12pt Verdana, 1.5 spacing.

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I should have read and considered this before i started my ebook, i think im going to go back and adjust it to make it better visually. Went with a raw approach

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CatherineC gave a great link. My two cents on this is also that you can BYPASS the font issue by making your headers an image.

Use the font you want for your headings (that's not necessarily web safe) and just make an image out of the words.
Thanks Gary, but it's probably not a practical or viable solution in my circumstances. I am grateful for the suggestion though.

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Verdana 12 (although I need to increase my spacing) and while I like Georgia and know it's good for reading I think Verdana is better. Michael Campbell has sent out some really good emails on font design and which ones are better for computer screens, print and road side signs (eg. Arial).

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