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.

Infographic: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fonts Infographic

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

11 Comments

  1. Popup11 August, 2015

    “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.)

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  2. Maria (BearMountainBooks)11 August, 2015

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

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  5. Liz Weishaar13 August, 2015

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

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    1. Nate Hoffelder13 August, 2015

      I hope you don’t mean errors in the text of my post; I don’t see any and it’s going to be really embarrassing if I missed them.

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      1. Frank13 August, 2015

        He must be referring to the infographic, the post is fine as-is.

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  6. Liz Weishaar14 August, 2015

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

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