The Best Fonts For Ebook Readers, According To Book And Typeface Designers

The Best Fonts For Ebook Readers, According To Book And Typeface Designers

Picking the right font for your Kindle or Nook can enhance your reading experience. Some fonts are easy on the eyes, some have a ton of personality and some tell stories of their own. Here are some fonts the experts suggest for your devices.

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Mark Wilson at Fast Company asked several book and typeface designers what fonts give the most authentic book experience. Anna Thompson, a book designer at Penguin Random House, and Robert Slimbach, the principal type designer at Adobe Systems, both suggest Baskerville. It’s easy to read, fatigues the eyes less over long sessions and it looks classy. Baskerville may not work well for some devices, however, like a smartphone. Because of that, type designer Tobias Frere-Jones suggests a lower contrast, thicker, serifed font like Georgia. It renders clearly on all screen sizes, but still has enough personality to make it feel like you’re reading an actual book.

If you want something with a bit more character, Thompson and Charles Bigelow, co-creator of the Lucida and Wingdings typefaces, suggest Palatino. Of course, the best font will always be whatever you like using the most. But if you’re not sure, hopefully these suggestions will help you find something you love.

Which Font Should I Use On My Kindle? [Fast Company]

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