Why Did The Policeman Cross the Road?

By Stevyn Colgan

Not so much police intelligence as intelligent policing

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

February Update

Hey lovely shedfolk

I got the book back from the copyeditor yesterday. Thankfully, there were only a few notes and queries and I don't need to do much work in terms of editing (Yay!). I've also had the results of two proofreaders back so my job this week (in between everything else I have to do) is to go through the manuscript, make the necessary amendments and corrections and then submit the final draft to Unbound for typesetting. My work will be over (Yay again!).

On the subject of typesetting, we've been looking at typefaces. It's surprisingly important to use the right font. We've whittled it down to the following (click on the image to see a larger version):

Which do you prefer? Or don't you like either? I have my preferences but it's always good to canvass opinion.

Next update when I have it!


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Chris Emerson
 Chris Emerson says:

I don't know how much truth there is in it, but I had once read that sans-serif fonts are easier to read on a screen, and serif fonts easier to read in print. I have no strong preference either way really on the images shown though, so sorry to help you in no way at all!

posted 2nd February 2016

Liam Spinage
 Liam Spinage says:

I prefer the right hand side font. Though I'm half convinced that this is part of some interesting psychology experiment you're playing on us :)

posted 2nd February 2016

Garrett Coakley
 Garrett Coakley says:

I too suspect some kind of experiment *:)

I vote for the serif.

posted 2nd February 2016

Janice Staines
 Janice Staines says:

I'm reading this on an iPad (as indeed I will be reading the e-book) and I have to say the font on the left displays much more clearly and cleanly than the one on the right. So my vote goes to the left-hand font.

posted 2nd February 2016

Mark Barry
 Mark Barry says:

IMHO it should be sample 2 (on the right hand side).

posted 2nd February 2016

Mark Vent
 Mark Vent says:

I vote for sample_1 ... I shot the serif ... not falling for your brain-twisting malarky again Colgyn! ;)

posted 2nd February 2016

Julie Gibbon
 Julie Gibbon says:

I vote for the one on the right.

posted 2nd February 2016

Sebastian Schleussner
 Sebastian Schleussner says:

I prefer serif fonts (right-hand side) as a rule for longer texts.
Sans-serif is okay and may even be optimal for short texts and fragments such as email messages, tables, headings, and lyrics in sheet music, especially (I agree with Chris above) on screen; but the book I would like to read in a serif font.

posted 2nd February 2016

Sebastian Schleussner
 Sebastian Schleussner says:

As you say: It's surprisingly important to use the "right" font. ;)

posted 2nd February 2016

Craig Lewis
 Craig Lewis says:

I'd go with the serif - the sans serif looks a bit too much like it belongs on an order of service or a report to the boss :)

posted 2nd February 2016

Catherine Benson
 Catherine Benson says:

Oh come now, Stevyn, of course you must use the serif for the book. What next, Comic Sans? ;)

posted 2nd February 2016

Lynette Sherburne
 Lynette Sherburne says:

I agree - serif for print - although I do see that sans serif does work well for screen.

posted 3rd February 2016

Liz Wooldridge
 Liz Wooldridge says:

I instinctively prefer the font on the right, it just looks more 'booklike'

posted 3rd February 2016

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Thanks all!

posted 20th February 2016

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