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Which font are mainly using writers, while writing a Book and also what things should be kept in mind while being a Writer.

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closed as off topic by Daniel Beck, Journeyman Geek, Richard, jcrawfordor, Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jun 8 '11 at 7:31

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This has nothing to do with either hardware or software. –  Daniel Beck Jun 8 '11 at 5:49
    
Daniel Beck :) it is related to font in Microsoft words definitely software –  User Jun 8 '11 at 5:52
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Everything is based on "hardware" and controlled by "software". That doesn't make your car or your microwave on-topic either. –  Daniel Beck Jun 8 '11 at 6:01
    
Other considerations? Get a good editor, and use grammar check. "font are mainly using writers" is really bad form for a writer. –  Journeyman Geek Jun 8 '11 at 6:31
    
Also, get a proof reader who has your language as their second language as 'foreigners' are often taught a much purer form of the grammar and syntax and spot/query easily-missed mistakes. –  Linker3000 Jun 8 '11 at 8:13

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To generalise, serif fonts are considered best for readability where long paragraphs of text are concerned (ie: a book). Which one to use may depend on personal preference or the style guide issued by the publisher.

Some popular ones for books are:

If you are going to write a book of any decent length in Word, a few guidelines:

  • Backup your work frequently and keep a number of versions so you can backtrack if needed.
  • Setup and use the Word styles so you can easily change fonts/formatting of the whole document easily. (I can't emphasise this enough)
  • If your book is going to include a significant number of images, consider a proper DTP package instead of Word. Maintaining image placement in long documents in Word is better than it once was, but it can still go horribly wrong or waste a lot of your time.
  • Use separate document files for separate chapters - don't keep everything in one big document - and check out how Word can handle such multi-file documents to produce indexes.
  • Many publishers will expect the source material in DTP format so if the book is going to be handed to a publisher check what they would prefer.
  • Really really consider a DTP package. Free ones are available - have a look at Scribus.
  • If your 'book' is going to be published as an 'ebook' you can use a wider range of fonts as the amount of text the reader sees at a time can be controlled by them to improve readability.
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) Download it, but i don't no how to use Scribus. –  User Jun 8 '11 at 7:03
    
Except that for writing the book, most often a monospace font was used (or still is). This allows to quickly judge the content length based on line width, lines per page and page count. –  Daniel Beck Jun 8 '11 at 7:17
    
A4 - typically 900 words per page was the magazine standard. Agreed, though, page count is important but these days the WP/DTP packages produce the stats and then pre-publication editing hones things to the right size, but it can be a challenge if an eye is not kept on desired length from the outset. –  Linker3000 Jun 8 '11 at 8:12

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