Good Header & Body Text Fonts for both print & online readability?


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pthom

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I'm designing an ebook. Finished product will be in PDF. With ebooks, as you know, some users like to read online and others prefer to print them and read. Therefore, I want to select fonts for my section titles and body text that work well for both online AND print reading. Everytime I think I've found a good combination that looks great online and is easy to read, ends up being not very easy to read in print (and vice versa).

What are your recommendations?
 
NeedForBleed

NeedForBleed

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In my view, I think a key factor is what font size you're displaying really. The difference between say an 8pt and 12pt font could prove signifcant. If it's smaller, perhaps stick to a thinner font, just to maintain the clarity of the shape, however, finer text can sometimes be a git when printing. I would also avoid any serif fonts where print is concerned.
I always say Century Gothic (perhaps bold in this instance) is a good all round font, but it is used everywhere, and the letter 'T' isn't kicked on the bottom in lower case form, which may upset some. Obviously everyone has a different outlook on viewing text, but this is one font I'd consider.
 
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LovesPrint

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In my view, I think a key factor is what font size you're displaying really. The difference between say an 8pt and 12pt font could prove signifcant. If it's smaller, perhaps stick to a thinner font, just to maintain the clarity of the shape, however, finer text can sometimes be a git when printing. I would also avoid any serif fonts where print is concerned.
I always say Century Gothic (perhaps bold in this instance) is a good all round font, but it is used everywhere, and the letter 'T' isn't kicked on the bottom in lower case form, which may upset some. Obviously everyone has a different outlook on viewing text, but this is one font I'd consider.
First, I am print not web so my comments only apply there.
I can see where you are coming from with this comment, but I don't necessarily agree with you, I think they can work well and be readable depending on your choice. I personally am not a fan of century gothic, for the reason you stated - it's used everywhere. Also, I find it too fat! Don't go any smaller than 8pt if you want good readability, and if you have black text, make sure it's 100% black only not cmyk as you will get a crisper finish. (no haloing from many plates).
 
Stationery Direct

Stationery Direct

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Don't go any smaller than 8pt if you want good readability, and if you have black text, make sure it's 100% black only not cmyk as you will get a crisper finish. (no haloing from many plates).
Good advice :icon_thumbup:
 
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