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Offline JMac Reading
27 Mar 2014, 06:10 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

I'll look at the length, but I think the use of headings, plus the differences in the style of the writing, may be enough to ensure readers are aware what is narrative and what isn't. I think I will do some tentative formatting then show a section to someone and ask what they think they have read. I agree that big chunks of italics won't work.
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
28 Mar 2014, 06:13 PM | Post: #12

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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

Hi there,  A good question and for eBook  font size/type won't work.
I have had a similar problem, as my books have a splattering of Gaelic words in them, which aren't that much of a problem as it's usually singular words, so italics work fine, but they also have some dream scenes which can be quite large clumps of text overall. I do use Italics for some of these, but I am aware of the need to break these up to make them easier to digest. I have also used breaks to separate them from other text and for bigger blocks of text, looked at other ways to get the same message across. I think it will be trial and error, to find what works in your case.
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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

Yes, I'm going to experiment with sections on those days when the words don't come easily. That way I will still feel I've done something useful!
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29 Mar 2014, 07:52 AM | Post: #14

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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

It's a good question. My current book is largely written as a journal by the central character, but he invites contributions from other characters. I want to use a different 'hand-written' font for each character. In the print version that won't be a problem, but it may well prove impossible for the ebook - unless any of you know different.
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29 Mar 2014, 10:47 AM | Post: #15

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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

Yes, print does have the advantage here, but any kind of stand-out formatting can look like an error to readers if you're not careful. My publisher decided not to justify the right margin for one character's viewpoint in my latest print series, and I thought it was a mistake when I did the proofread until they explained why they had done it!

I've used centred text to good effect in my ebooks for small verses and extracts. I think italics can work if it's obvious you're using them to highlight text... but agree they can be difficult to read in large chunks. I've also used different relative font sizes - I know readers can choose text size on their e-readers, but if you use (say) 10pt for the email and 12pt for the rest of the text in your file, then I think they will still look different... it works on my Kindle eink, anyway. Again, though, there's a danger it will look like bad formatting.

On the whole, I'd say you don't really need different formatting for a large body of text. It ought to be obvious from the context. Maybe you could indicate it's an email with a bold or italic or other kind of stand-out heading, and then space the email text from the rest in some way?
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29 Mar 2014, 11:00 AM | Post: #16

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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

(29 Mar 2014 10:47 AM)Katherine Roberts Wrote: Wrote:  Yes, print does have the advantage here, but any kind of stand-out formatting can look like an error to readers if you're not careful. My publisher decided not to justify the right margin for one character's viewpoint in my latest print series, and I thought it was a mistake when I did the proofread until they explained why they had done it!

I've used centred text to good effect in my ebooks for small verses and extracts. I think italics can work if it's obvious you're using them to highlight text... but agree they can be difficult to read in large chunks. I've also used different relative font sizes - I know readers can choose text size on their e-readers, but if you use (say) 10pt for the email and 12pt for the rest of the text in your file, then I think they will still look different... it works on my Kindle eink, anyway. Again, though, there's a danger it will look like bad formatting.

On the whole, I'd say you don't really need different formatting for a large body of text. It ought to be obvious from the context. Maybe you could indicate it's an email with a bold or italic or other kind of stand-out heading, and then space the email text from the rest in some way?


I do something similar. In the Author's Note at the start of the book, I specifically state:
I have used some Gaelic words, such as ‘Fear Ban’ and ‘An Fiacail Dragan’ to help distinguish the use of the ‘Old Tongue,’ of the Pectish Clans, who once reigned over Dragania. I hope that this adds to the texture of the story. I have also used italics to differentiate the use of the ‘Old Tongue’, as well as for telepathy and ‘Dream-catching’.

Of course, that relies on the reader actually reading the Foreword.
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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

I'm beginning to think the headers will have to be enough. I don't want it to look a mess. I hope it will be obvious from this, and from the 'greetings' that the various people use at the start of their messages - 'Hi Tony' for example.
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Offline klaus Reading alan mallinson, m. hervey series
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RE: Can I use more than one font in my new novel?

You can. But some users prefer using nothing but the fonts installed on a device (and some can be quite militant). Amazon, in fact, discourage embedded fonts if they're used for everything. What doesn't raise eyebrows is the "occasional" use of an embedded font, say, for headlines, quotes, small sections that need to be emphasised, or, as in your case, blocks of text denoting emails.

You don't have to make a decision now, but you can start marking your copy in such a way that all emails are marked up as, say,
Code:
<p class="email">
If you later decide to not use an email-specific font, you don't really need to do anything (although you could delete the class="email" markup). If you do decide to use a particular font and/or markup for emails, you just create the appropriate CSS.

Once you have the HTML files you can test this in a browser just to get a glimpse of what the email parts might look like. Be careful what fonts you use. Very early Kindles have problems drawing some fonts even if the fonts are technically correct (one horrid example I remember was a book where the letter 'm' was garbled in every headline).
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