Self Publishing In The Age Of Information Overload #5

a_christmas_carolTWENTY-FIVE FREE FONTS SUITABLE FOR COVERS

The font you pick for your cover is important. It needs to help convey the tone of the book, the genre and be clear enough and bold enough to be readable even when reduced down to a small thumbnail.

One of the key issues I’ve tended to see with self-published and self-designed covers are fonts that are either unreadable or simply lack any real aesthetic style. I’ve put together a list of 25 fonts that are completely free (either public domain or the license has no commercial restrictions). The fonts should be easy enough to find and download with a search engine. Some of these fonts are lighter than I would personally prefer, but, some genres, especially literary and crime genres tend to use quite thin, modern styles on covers, so I thought it sensible to include a few in this vein. I’ve attempted to select across a range, but you’ll notice that there are no fonts here made out of hammered together swords, or dripping blood spatters or made out of flowers. Even if your book is wildly goofy, the title font should not be. About ninety percent of the time I suspect that a very straightforward but attractive font like Garamond or Helvetica would do perfectly well. However, that said, here are a few options.

APPLE GARAMOND

Apple_Garamond

 

 

BEBAS NEU

Bebas_Neu

 

BODONI XT

Bodoni_XT

 

 

 

 

CAVIAR DREAMS

 

Cavier_Dreams_Bold

 

CICLE GORDITA

Cicle_Gordita

 

COOLVETICA

Coolvetica

 

DERIVIA

Derivia

 

ELEGANT LIGHT

Elegant_Light

 

ESPACIO NOVO

Espacio_Novo

 

GASALT BLACK

Gasalt_Black

 

GENTIUM

Gentium

 

GEO SANS LIGHT

Geo_Sans_Light

 

GRAVITY BOLD

Gravity_Bold

HELVETICA BOLD

Helvetica_BoldLANE NARROW

Lane_Narrow

 

LIBEL SUIT

Libel_Suit

 

LIBERATION SANS BOLD

 

Liberation_Sans_Bold

 

MERIT

Merit

 

MINIMAL

Minimal

 

OPTIMA PRINCEPS BOLD

Optima_Princeps_Bold

 

ORANIENBAUM

Oranienbaum

 

QUICKSAND BOOK REGULAR

 

Quicksand_Book_Regular

 

TALL DARK AND HANDSOME

Tall_Dark_and_Handsome

 

THE BOLD FONT

The_Bold_Font

 

THE SOUL OF VODKA

The_Soul_of_Vodka

 

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