Best Fonts for E-Book Readers According to Book and Type Designers

Choosing the right font for your Kindle or Nook can improve your reading experience. Some fonts are pleasing to the eye, some have a special personality, and some tell their own stories. Here are some of the fonts experts recommend for your devices.

Mark Wilson of Fast Company asked several book and typeface designers what typefaces give the most realistic book experience. Anna Thompson, book designer at Penguin Random House, and Robert Slimbach, chief type designer at Adobe Systems, both offer Baskerville. It is easy to read, less eye fatiguing during long sessions, and looks stylish. However, Baskerville may not work on some devices such as smartphones. Because of this, type designer Tobias Frere-Jones offers a lower contrast, thicker serif like Georgia. It displays clearly on all screen sizes, yet has enough personality to make it feel like you’re reading a real book.

For something more distinctive, Thompson and Charles Bigelow, co-authors of the Lucida and Wingdings fonts, have Palatino. Of course, the best font will always be the one you like the most. But if you’re not sure, hopefully these suggestions will help you find what you like.

What font should I use on my Kindle? | Fast Company


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