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What is typography?

"This is what I call ty­pog­ra­phy: the arrange­ment of pre­fab­ri­cated el­e­ments on a page. These el­e­ments may in­clude im­ages, words, sen­tences and—above all—the space be­tween those el­e­ments. Ide­ally, this arrange­ment vi­su­al­izes and thus re­in­forces the hi­er­ar­chy of the mes­sage.” – Erik Spiekermann, foreword to Butterick’s Practical Typography

Typography is one of the most vital elements on your front and back cover. Your genre should be immediately recognizable by the font used on your cover, even if the rest is just an immaculate white background. Typography plays an even more important role in your book’s interior design, especially for print editions. The choice of fonts and composition of words on the page, though often widely underestimated, can radically change the reading experience. But where can you find a professional typographer with the right experience to craft the perfect fonts for your book?

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Cassia Friello
Cassia Friello

I have a passion for innovative & fun design, cooking and nature, which is probably why those are my favourite genres!

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Anita Soelver
Anita Soelver

Children's books creator! Bringing joy to the world one image at the time.

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Karen Greenberg
Karen Greenberg

I am a NYC based designer and illustrator with some hand lettering thrown into the mix.

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Rafael Andres
Rafael Andres

I am a professional designer, art director and illustrator who loves books and works for several publishing houses in Europe, USA and Asia.

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Kerry Cooke
Kerry Cooke

A book lover both professionally and personally, specialising in cover design, internal design and layout.

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Do ebooks need typography?

Typography is an important aspect of your ebook cover. Only a designer will be able to choose a font that will still be successful at conveying your brand when viewed at thumbnail size. It is important that your book is legible and recognizable at smaller sizes, so that it stands visible on the various ebook stores. Ebook formats give less control over the font style, size and spacing as any adjustments made can be overridden by the reader. However, there are still options to have fancy drop caps and chapter headings, small details that will make your book look more professional. Furthermore, ebooks need to be formatted correctly, in order for the text to display correctly on the many types of e-readers available.

Is typography different from typesetting?

Typography refers to the art of designing and arranging type, while typesetting is more about the actual process of composing the words on the page itself. Most traditional publishers who like to put great emphasis on design will have a set of pre-designed fonts and templates (that define their “brand”), and will then hire a typesetter for each book to set the type and create the final print format. We have some of the industry’s most experienced typesetters. Find them by searching for “typography” and “book layout design” on the Reedsy marketplace.

Learning from a world-class typographer

We had the chance to interview one of the most famous book designers and typographers in the business: Erik Spiekermann. He left us with a few great nuggets of wisdom

Learning from a world-class designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann – (5 min)

“Design works not because people understand or even appreciate it but because it works subliminally.”

“Most authors are their own worst enemies when it comes to designing their books. They are way too close to them.”

“I know nothing about e-readers. But the same goes for a screen that goes for paper: consider your text, your substrate, your audience and know the rules of typography. Most editors don’t and seem to consider designers a nuisance and a superfluous expense.”

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Cassia Friello
Cassia Friello

I have a passion for innovative & fun design, cooking and nature, which is probably why those are my favourite genres!

view profile
Anita Soelver
Anita Soelver

Children's books creator! Bringing joy to the world one image at the time.

view profile
Karen Greenberg
Karen Greenberg

I am a NYC based designer and illustrator with some hand lettering thrown into the mix.

view profile
Rafael Andres
Rafael Andres

I am a professional designer, art director and illustrator who loves books and works for several publishing houses in Europe, USA and Asia.

view profile
Kerry Cooke
Kerry Cooke

A book lover both professionally and personally, specialising in cover design, internal design and layout.

view profile

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