Infographic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fonts

Fonts make the publishing world go round, but there's more to a font than just characters on a screen.

As you can see in the following infographic from Cartridge Discount, fonts used for the web differ from ones designed for print (but we already know that). This graphic also explains the difference between serif and sans serif, and how most people have been mistakenly using the word "font" when writing online about "typefaces".

The use of typefaces (fonts) in ebooks is largely left up to what the major ebook platform support, and many have developed their own typefaces. Google has Literata (also Roboto), Amazon has Bookerly, and Kobo has a typeface called Nickel.

This infographic should help you understand why they went through the effort and invested so much money in developing unique sets of the same 26 characters.

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About Nate Hoffelder (11579 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

6 Comments on Infographic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fonts

  1. “For a long time, Sans-Serif was the defacto choice of font for novels and magazines.”
    In what world was that?
    In my experience, we’re only now moving from Serif towards sans-serif, but only slowly. (Especially in novels.)

  2. Very cool. I am always looking for new fonts for use on covers.

  3. Nice looking infographic, but all the grammatical errors set my teeth on edge.

  4. Nope, referring to the Infographic. It’s always a little sad when people can’t use their own language.

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