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Font size: BIG or small?

Hello bookinators,   

This question has been pending in my mind since I first started reading. WHY are some fonts so big and some so small? Does the author want us to have less than 20/20 vision or are they expecting that we are already blind?  I don’t know if they are lazy or are very detailed but I want to know does it affect the choices of readers?

I know it affects my choice, but it depends on my mood. For example when I am seriously bored I want something with a LARGE font and short story line so I can read it in a short period of time, however if I am committed  to reading, I WILL EXPLORE THE SMALLER FONT SIZE!

I would really like YOUR opinion on this topic so leave a comment below and answer these questions

  1. What font do you gravitate to (small, medium or large)
  2. Are you a committed reader (a reader of a specific genre or variety?)
  3. What is one thing you would like to know about the choice of fonts (how does it affect the mood of book?)

That’s all for now

ciao,

Poet Potatoes

15 comments

hufflebuddy

this is amazing great job very humors ily

23rd Oct, 19
sekhmet

I like smaller fonts, I read across a lot of genres but I keep on coming back to fantasy, and do you have any idea why comic sans is viewed like it is?

23rd Oct, 19
bookwithbane

A lot of people have just heard from others. Also, people think it doesn't suit any context and is too bright and cartoonish. But after it was initially created for the early windows interface's cartoony dog guide, it was used in a lot of formal contexts (e.g formal doc-uments, advertis-ements and resumes) and people found in jarring and ugly. And it was and still is generally overused in contexts it's not suited for.

26th Oct, 19
inky State Library Victoria

I'm old! Can't handle small font! Love being referred to as a bookinator!

24th Oct, 19
bookwithbane

Help! The swear word filter picked up the words

d o c u m e n t s

and

a d v e r t i s e m e n t s

as swear words due to the word for male sexual fluid being picked up on?

26th Oct, 19
lozza

I HATE large font. I get bored after about three words if the font is large in a book... NB: I am Google... I have all the time in the world.. and I am God I have more than all the time in the world I created the Universe and everything in it! :) Or so my brother says... :(

Back to the topic... i love historical fiction but get bored after about ten lines if i read fantasy...
Shh... big brother's watching...

24th Oct, 19
lozza

Sorry, I only have 5 seconds for anything other than school, reading and an hour of dance in a week... (I have enough time on a Tues and Thurs for catching up on this website though...)

AND....
I am NOT Google Chrome

24th Oct, 19
lozza

In reply to lozza

Please don't read this unless you are in a happy mood or have been laughing for seven hours straight already...

24th Oct, 19
lozza

In reply to lozza

OOPs, Too LATE!! :( .......

24th Oct, 19
lozza

In reply to lozza

Sorry, two comments ago i was supposed to put "PS:" ...

Well, i should have put the last two comments first...

24th Oct, 19
lozza

Please don't get mad at me...

24th Oct, 19
lozza

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24th Oct, 19
lozza

Reply to lozza

24th Oct, 19
zitongbooks

I tend to read loads of Epic fantasy where the books can often be 600, 700 if not 1000 + pages which does make me prefer smaller font sizes. I tend to not like larger font sizes and it sometimes ruins the atmosphere for me.

24th Oct, 19
bookwithbane

I haven't actually thought about the font, I find myself adjusting without thinking about it by bringing the book closer to my face. I wouldn't call myself a committed reader of anything, but I do have preferences, mainly in YA, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Fantasy, Urban-fantasy and just life. I'd like to know about what sorts of considerations go into font choice (e.g accessibility) and what sorts of effects it has on us (e.g attention).

26th Oct, 19