Using Suitable Fonts for Works

     Pages turn in a book as a reader strains her eyes to interpret the text.  The plot is keeping the woman’s interest.  The characters are intriguing, and sound grammar is not interfering with his or her ability to follow the story.  However, the reader feels each sentence is giving her cataracts as she strains to understand the text.  Finally, she suddenly shakes her head before seeing if she can toss the book into a receptacle that is ten feet away as though she is playing basketball.  Having the most appropriate font has a fundamental effect upon keeping the reader’s interest.  It is something many authors frequently disregard because it may seem minuscule, but having the right font can reduce monotony, increase legibility, and validate size.

     Choosing a commonly used font can actually draw monotony to text.  Numerous readers are deterred by the selection of certain fonts if they are used very frequently.  Nothing is wrong with having a standard for readers to follow, but having it used too frequently can elicit subconscious associations with other subjects, which are not as entertaining.  Plus, the universal application of a certain font will signify attracting a general audience.  Having a general audience is fine if one is discussing a common experience for most people; however, this can be counterproductive if the topic is directed toward a certain group or demographic.  Times New Roman is a very ordinary font being used by countless publishers, writers, authors, and bloggers.  It can also be very redundant, so one should attempt to use other styles.  Contrarily, one should not use a very rare or unorthodox font for prose.  For instance, having an extremely fancy or ornate font can distract the reader from the text; therefore, it can deter them from the subject and material of the text.

     A font’s legibility is another matter to consider when selecting the proper font for one’s work.  Having an excessively ornate font can distract the reader before he or she has a chance to benefit from what the written work is conveying.  Some people will stop reading if they have to strain their eyes constantly to understand the information being conveyed through the writing.  Ensuring a font is easy on the reader’s eyes will undoubtedly reduce the probability he or she will ignore the book.  A good way to ensure the most legible font is selected involves having different people of different ages and sight read the written material for feedback.

     Selecting the best size for any written work is just as important as making sure the font is legible and reduces redundancy.  Selecting the right size for any given font is important for the same reason as having the appropriate style: The reader can be deterred if they have to strain their eyes to view and interpret the text if it is too small.  Knowing the amount of spacing for the each page in the book is also going to influence the application of the font’s size.  The cost of printing and material can increase because more pages necessitate its production with larger sizes.  Having an adequate size for all readers to peruse the text will enhance the enjoyment of the work. 

     Having the appropriate font for the text of one’s book will inevitably help the readers benefit from reading any given work.  Making sure the text is not too redundant or extremely unorthodox will retain the reader’s attention.  Having good legibility will also keep an author’s audience involved with the work.  A good publisher will have the best typesetting available for their authors, but those services are also available for paying authors who are self publishing.  Every font will increase or decrease followers.  

Courtney Smith