Product Creation - Need your Opinions

by CDawson Banned
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Hello everyone,

If you don't mind sharing, what kind/type of font do you like to see in E-books, Do you like to see a big font for easy reading? A smaller font so the page number doesn't seem misleading? Do you like Courier new, times new roman, arial, etc?
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  • Profile picture of the author jrianto
    I would like to be reading medium sized fonts with Arial, but that's just me. Don't do too small or to large, medium is fine. We can zoom in and zoom out as we like as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Blaze
    Typically i use arial or this trebuche or something that is the default font choice for the openoffice software (free and includes a one click pdf conversion option).

    Why? Because both are professional and yet easy to read.

    Mark Blaze

    Edit: Size wise normally size 12 and 14 to 16 on sub-headings.
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    • Profile picture of the author webwriter
      I use Arial for the same reason. It is easier to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author ic7
      I usually use Verdana 12 point. But I'm raising that to 13pt because it looks more readable, stronger, and still not too big.

      Good info here: HTML E-Mail: Text Font Readability Study

      Paul
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      • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
        For me i like just a normal arial font.

        But i do like the font size a little on the larger size.

        I dont read much off my main computer but i do alot on my laptop.

        As you know most laptop screens arent very big as it is.

        So i seem to strain on smaller font size.

        Then again maybe im just going blind.
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        • Profile picture of the author butters
          Verdana for me, it looks kind of like Arial but it seems slightly bigger and easier to read for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author sumeno
    i just use normal arial font...its easy to read
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  • Profile picture of the author Chad Eljisr
    Tahoma and Verdana were designed especially for legibility on the screen, while Arial is better if your final product will be printed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ppbiz
    Verdana or Arial for sure- easy on the eyes and a decent size. 12 font is best.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shaleniie Devi
    Like most have said here, I use Verdana too, size 12 - 14. I find the finished product reading to be ALOT easier on the eyes.

    Using Verdana or Arial - you shouldn't go wrong.

    Shaleniie Devi
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  • Profile picture of the author Tasso Pepi
    Hey... Just thought I would give my two cents... I prefer to use verdana 13 pt...
    I find it clean and very easy to read, plus it looks pretty on the page...

    I like the pages to have a decent sized text, I am one of these guys who when I see a huge sea of small text my heart sinks.... haha

    Good luck with your book

    Tas
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  • Profile picture of the author fitz10
    Arial or Veranda in 12 pt font looks best on screen to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Nguyen
      i like medium sized verdana or times new roman when reading pdfs of my laptop
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperSmartEbook
    I like courier new / arial - medium size. Add some pictures, also use bold - italic - underline
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    • Profile picture of the author jamespereira
      I prefer Arial because of it's readability.

      Font sizes I use are 16 for Chapters, 14 for subheadings and 12 for body.

      I also prefer to use double spacing instead of single.
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Brock
        One thing that really pisses me off is when someone says they have 100 page ebook and when you open it up you see they are using like 22point font.

        Just a thought....
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        • Profile picture of the author Jacer
          Originally Posted by Daniel Brock View Post

          One thing that really pisses me off is when someone says they have 100 page ebook and when you open it up you see they are using like 22point font.

          Just a thought....
          Exactly. I think everyones suggestions are right on. Around 12pt font for content and a bit larger for headlines and chapter breaks.

          Oh and please refrain from putting one or two huge pictures on each page. The last couple ebooks have had way too many pictures. I think one every 4-5 pages is ok.
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          • Profile picture of the author Peeps66
            It is best to use a sans-serif for a small amount of text on a line, but serif for a long line of text.

            The sans-serif font gives words a greater readability because the letters are clearer (sans-serif -> without serif -> without the fiddly bits)

            However when you use a serif font, the serifs make the lines of text stand-out more as if you were drawing out a line, thus making it easier to read across the page.

            You will find in lots of books on the subject, that they will suggest sans-serif for titles/headers and serif for normal text.

            The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) recommends using Arial or Helvetica when producing things in large print presumably because the words are easier to read individually and there will not be enough words on a line for the serifs to 'draw out' a line.

            Hope this makes sense!

            Peeps
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        • Profile picture of the author Chad Eljisr
          Originally Posted by Daniel Brock View Post

          One thing that really pisses me off is when someone says they have 100 page ebook and when you open it up you see they are using like 22point font.

          Just a thought....
          Yes, that's so true. Actually, when I see fonts over 12 pt for the main text, I begin to ask myself how serious is that eBook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    That's really interesting ... was just researching what most newspapers use and they all seem to very Times New Roman like ... hadn't thought about paper vs. online.

    Have written my reports in Arial using Verdana or Tahoma for headlines and additional notes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Bauthues
    In ebooks in PDF format or some other external format, I would use Verdana 12pt. If my content is available online, such as a free report or even a sales letter, I break it up into several pages and use Cambria 12pt-13pt.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    There were studies clearly proving that for reading online it is better to use sans-serif fonts (arial, verdana etc.) and for reading something printed (real book, newspaper etc.) it is way better to use serif fonts.
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