Choosing a font set is always a bit of a matter of taste. However, it is usual to see in (company) manuals sans serif types like Arial (ususally because no one bothers to check for anything else) or the Calibri font that came with the newer MS Office suites.
I used to opt for Helvetica instead of Arial, mainly because the numbers were clearer in Helvetica. But that was clearly before Calibri times. ;-) Some serif fonts come to mind. I am working with a book now about a certain institution, and I decided to use the old Cheltenham for body and Myriad Pro for headings. I have spent a lot of time through the years looking for and comparing fonts, and in one instance, trying to decide on the best font for the dim-sighted, I made four copies of sample text with different fonts and had people test read (from a distance to closer up). The one decided upon seemed to help the dyslexics too. So, if you want to study fonts, you will be spending a lot of your free time. But it is fun! But your customer will not complement you on it, becaus he/she/they do not know what it really is that makes them like or hate the looks of the book. There are so many things to consider. But you are right: Readability counts. So, not Arial! And not fancy fonts. Probably this is of little help, but it is Friday night. :-) And, I could send you some samples in pdf if you like. Main thing is: What does your font library consist of? New fonts can be very expensive. Have a nice weekend! Bodvar, Iceland On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM, VLM TechSubs < techs...@vibrantlivingministries.org> wrote: > Hi everyone,**** > > ** ** > > I’m not sure whether this post went through, so I’m trying again. **** > > ** ** > > In the past, I’ve worked on writing, editing, and functional template > design, but in general I’ve left “pretty stuff” such as font selection to > others. So I really don’t know what fonts might be most readable, or most > popular, or how to pair a body and a heading font, or the like. Of course, > much is written all over the Internet, but I thought that here, there would > be people with specific experience writing and publishing books. So that is > why I have directed this inquiry here. I hope it’s okay. :)**** > > ** ** > > Thanks,**** > > Elchanan**** > > *From:* VLM TechSubs [mailto:techs...@vibrantlivingministries.org] > *Sent:* Thursday, August 15, 2013 3:22 PM > *To:* Framers; Free Framers > *Subject:* OT: Font suggestions for book?**** > > ** ** > > Greetings everyone,**** > > ** ** > > I’m working in FM 8, Win 7 x64 on a book that will be published this Fall. > I’ve now been asked to do the book design, in addition to most of the > writing and basic template design. The subject matter is primarily > financial … it’s a book about the history of taxation. It’s not a scholarly > work at all, but rather one designed to “wake up” American teens and young > adults to some of the issues involved. Footnotes are used here and there, > but more for explanation of background/details than in a traditional sense > as references. The book will be published in a standard 6x9 format, > paperback. **** > > ** ** > > All that having been said … What are people’s favorite or recommended > fonts for such a project. And since this is being published on a shoestring > budget with a nonprofit/educational bent, suggestions of free fonts would > be most welcome. **** > > ** ** > > Well, thanks in advance!**** > > ** ** > > Best regards,**** > > Elchanan**** > > _______________________________________________ > > > You are currently subscribed to framers as bod...@gmail.com. > > Send list messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. > > To unsubscribe send a blank email to > framers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.com > or visit > http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/bodvar%40gmail.com > > Send administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visit > http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info. > >
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