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About fonts?

LarikaLarika Bibliophile
edited March 2019 in Author Workshop
My group is making a book. We want to use different fonts for different group members pieces. We will use the fonts accepted by Lulu. (Arial, Bookman Old Style, Century, Courier, Garamond, Palatino, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana, Symbols.) In my previous books I used only one font. Can the different fonts be used in one book,  or must we all use the same font? We will make it a PDF file.

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  • I should point out -- playing the Dutch Uncle here -- that too many fonts can be distracting. There should be a clear reason why the font changes from Times to Garamond to Arial to Castellar, and so forth, such as a change of author, change of subject, or an artistic choice in which a font change enhances the work.

    One of the critics' points on my first book (now retired) is that I used too many fonts.
  • Just KevinJust Kevin Lulu Genius
    Often 'art' can overwhelm readability. 
  • LarikaLarika Bibliophile
    edited March 2019
    Thank you all. On Wednesday I will bring up those points with my writing group and we will decide as to whether to use one font or different ones. I did check out the fonts allowed by Lulu and there is not too much difference between them. There are more exotic fonts but these would have to be embedded in the PDF file. I had always assumed that when you made a PDF file it automatically embedded the fonts but when I was trying to find out the answer about using different fonts in the same book(I couldn't find anything by the way) it seemed to be suggesting in Lulu's knowledge base that after one made a PDF file then these exotic files had to be further embedded.
  • You can use dopdf which is a free program to make the PDF. It allows you to embed the fonts before you upload your document. I know it works with MS Word, not sure what you are using at the moment.
    Although I use something different now, I have used dopdf in the past and it worked fine!
    Black Cat Studios
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