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Top 10 Free Fonts You Should Be Using When Writing a Book

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Free fonts are everywhere, but how do authors know which ones to use for their books?

Book design starts with typography, and one of the biggest decisions and headaches you’ll face is choosing the text typeface.

Should I go with a sans-serif font?

I like this font, but am I able to use it in my book?

These common questions are what may be going through your head (especially if you have a high level of attention to detail like me).

When it comes to fonts, authors and publishers have many options to choose from. Google Fonts have over 800 font families; however, many of those are un-versatile and unsuitable for book design.

However, don’t you worry!

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With the sheer number of Google fonts out there it can be overwhelming filtering through so many of the free fonts (and to be honest many are simply dreadful to say the least). So we’ve compiled ten of the best FREE Google Fonts that you can use which will bring your books to life.

Oh, and you can use them in every way you want, risk free…

Old Standard TT

Old Standard reproduces a specific type of modern style of serif typefaces. This personally is my favorite font when I am designing books with that vintage look as its specific features are closely associated in readers eyes with old books they may have previously read.

free fonts old standard tt style

free fonts old standard tt style

Lato

Personally Lato has to be my favorite Google free fonts and when you see the history behind this unique font you can only see why…

Originally, Lato was created as a set of corporate fonts for a large client – who in the end decided to go in different stylistic direction, so the family became available for a public release.

(QUE THE HAPPY FACE)

The semi-rounded font includes 10 styles all of which give Lato a feeling of warmth, while the strong structure provides both seriousness and stability.

free fonts lato style

free fonts lato style

Abril Fatface

Abril Fatface is a large typeface which was created and inspired by the heavy type of fonts used in advertising posters in 19th century Britain and France.

The thin serif’s and clean curves coupled with the boldness makes this font ideal for headlines, attracting the reader’s attention with measured tension by its curves and high contrast.

free fonts abril fatface

free fonts abril fatface

PT Sans

PT Sans was designed by ParaType and comes in 4 styles, normal and bold and with italic versions of each.

Now you may be thinking that only 4 styles may not be enough, however don’t be fooled. PT Sans has some funky characteristics such as the capital Q’s tail.

Funky, right?

Now if you are looking for a font pairing ParaType have now created PT Serif which was designed specifically to be used together with PT Sans.

free fonts pt sans style

free fonts pt sans style

Droid Serif

Droid Serif is a great font that can be used us a replacement for many of the favorite fonts families such as Arial, Verdana and Georgia.

With optimization in mind Droid Serif has been designed with open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance created which can be read easily on any mobile device, web browser and book.

free fonts droid serif style

free fonts droid serif style

Open Sans

Open sans is one of the most versatile Google free fonts out there coming in with 10 different styles!

That’s right 10; from light to extra bold, this free font is a true powerhouse.

The font itself is very simple, professional, and clean, yet very powerful. There are many subtle characteristics such as the capital J with a descender that goes beyond the baseline, but the extra bold and light variations are just truly sublime.

Please note there is also a condensed version which I think is far too condensed for my liking as it can be a tad too hard to read at small sizes.

free fonts open sans style

free fonts open sans style

Vollkorn

Vollkorn is meant to be a quiet, modest font that works well for everyday content. Personally I feel this font works great in headings, with its dark and beefy characteristics this serif font is a real force to be reckoned with.

Coming in with both normal and bold styles this free font looks great even on smaller sizes.

free fonts vollkorn

free fonts vollkorn

Roboto

Roboto is a great choose when looking to find a font family for your magazine or informative styled book. Roboto has 12 styles ranging from thin to ultra-bold. The font essentially combines the best aspects of classic fonts such as Helvetica, Arial, and Universe creating a font that is very versatile with a modern feel.

There’s a reason why this font is used in Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system.

free fonts roboto style

free fonts roboto style

Crimson

Crimson is great for body text, with it’s old-styled typeface and strong serif’s this has been designed to be used for everyday writing.

This is personally one of my favorite free fonts by Google that I like to use in the majority of novels that design for my clients.

free fonts crimson style

free fonts crimson style

Cardo

Cardo is an Old Style serif typeface and one font face I like to use on medieval and historical styled books. With a large character set Cardo can also be used in other situations where a high-quality Old Style font is appropriate.

free fonts cardo style

free fonts cardo style

Do you have a personal favorite? Have I missed any off my list that you like? I’d love to hear from you below.

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Samuel Breeze
Founder & entrepreneur Samuel Breeze has more than 10 years’ experience in print and design publishing including manuscript editing, book and magazine design, typesetting, layout, and ebook coding and development where he worked at a top design agency based in Soho, London. The skills he learned made him start up his own design & publishing agency ‘Breeze Books’ where he has helped hundreds of authors make their dreams come true and become best-sellers.
  • Hey T Paul – It’s ideally up to the writer what font they want to choose, as each font conveys a different message for the reader therefore is author dependant.

    Personally I feel that Abril Fatface can be only used for Headings.

    Where as the other’s have soo many styles making them universal such as Lato. This one is one of my personal favourites. However I probably wouldn’t use this as my main font when writing a novel, Crimson or Cardo would probably be my go-to there.

    One other thing to note as well – you could also choose to pair fonts. for example Lato goes great together with Crimson or Cardo; using Lato for your headings/chapter titles & then Crimson or Cardo for your body text.

    Hope this helps 🙂