As I began my art career in Layout & Design, I learned to use fonts as a design element in advertisments, business cards, and posters. I learned that design work takes a particularly good eye for composition, and a love of shapes.
As a writer, I like to use New Times Roman as I pen my novels and short-short stories. It is easy to read, smallish, and clean. I try to avoid the overuse of italics and fonts that are scriptlike with lots of flourishes.
When I began formating my novel, Whispering, Idaho, for eBook publication, I researched the web and found Arial suggested as a good font to use for ePub. I think it looks decent and is easy to read. The suggestion is to choose a font sans serif (without serifs). Serifs make the type harder to read.
Upon discussing this with a friend recently, I was informed that she loves Georgia for her ebooks. She says Arial is boring. I tried it, but decided to go back to the Arial. Simplicity is akin to cleanliness and Godliness in my book. However, as I continue to ask around, I see that font-use is a personal choice…and though there are no hard and fast rules (except from publishers) we want people to be able to read our work. I’ve heard of people giving up on a book because of the typeface used.
What typeface are you using for your ePublications? Comment, if you like. I’d love to hear your opinion.
Cheers, Nancy Canyon, MFA I’m featured artist for Volume #65 of Bellingham Review. Here’s the link http://wwwbhreview.org/issue-65/