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Need a readable font set for a book on PDF

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Last Modified: 2017-07-23
I have a book coming out in digital media and need fonts, point sizes, stylings, etc.

for :

Chapter Name
Section Name
Paragraph text

and whatever else I may be forgetting.

This needs to be readable, on portable devices also.

What do you suggest?

It will be Word (2017) saving as a Docx, but I need to SaveAs PDF.

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Edward PamiasTeam Lead RRS Desk
Top Expert 2016

I am just fishing for info since I am not really an expert in this. Are all the fonts set in the word DOC?
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer


I can set them to any that I want. I need to know the most readable fonts and point sizes...
Top Expert 2012
This is very subjective, so there isn't a single answer to this. I suggest that you choose the font(s) and sizes that suit you in the your development platform and then check in any other environments that you can access.

You might become the expert in multi-platform fonts, perhaps even writing another book on it.

Good luck.
There's plenty of stuff you can find online relating to this.

You can even go into the psychology of different font styles and colors. https://www.crazyegg.com/blog/psychology-of-fonts-infographic/
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer


I understand it's subjective, but I am not the first one to publish a book on PDF.

There are lots and lots of devices that support PDF and hope that others have already come to some conclusion about fonts and point sizes which get them the least complaints.

I am open minded. I just need font names and point sizes...
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer


Wow! I love the chart!

I wil investigate...

I did just notice a nice looking font on one of my chapters:
System Font R...  (12)

But I can not find it in the list of fonts. And when I copy text in that font to another instance of Word (2017 for Mac) the font does not come along with the text.

Any idea how I discover that font?


System Font R...
here's a sample at 200%
Sample at 200%
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer



This font you show it Times. It is most likely located in the System (/System/Library/Fonts/Times.dfont) and thus called System Font.

How ever, when making files where the file like in this case a Word file, is going to rely on the fonts that the reader has installed, it is wise to choose the fonts from the list of fonts that are likely to be installed. Office suite, which Word is a part of installs the same fonts into the computer whether they are pcs or macs. The computers, on the other hand, come with different fonts. For instance, Helvetica does not come installed with the Windows operating system.

The original question's answer is debatable but I have a suggestion for you. Choosing from the fonts what come with Office

Chapter Name or Title: Constantia 28pt
Section Name: Constantia 24pt
Paragraph text or Normal: Constantia 10pt

The look will depend much on the line height, so you should give generous space after the Chapter name and Section Name, 24pt line height and the Paragraph text 12pt (usually talked about as 10/12pt (10pt for the type and 12pt for the leading).

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