January 10, 2015 in 

Sans serif fonts are typefaces that lack small projecting features called “serifs” at the ends of strokes. This term originates in France, where “without” refers to not having, while in Dutch, where schreef means line or stroke – making a sans serif font sometimes called grotesque or Gothic in appearance.

Sans serif fonts are popular for books and publishing because they are easy to read and have a clean, contemporary appearance. Sans serif fonts also make for quick reading headlines or titles because they provide quick glanceability.

Moreover, sans serif fonts are popularly chosen for headings and titles because they can easily be read from a distance. Various sans-serif fonts are available with unique styles; famous examples are Helvetica, Arial, and Verdana.

The first sans serif typeface was said to be Akzidenz-Grotesk. This typeface was created at the Berthold Type Foundry in Germany in 1896. The Bauhaus school advocated for sans serif typefaces, which became highly popular in the second half of the twentieth century. The display uses many sans-serif typefaces, including headlines, signs, and posters. Meanwhile, the body uses other typefaces, like books or magazines.

Sans serif fonts are increasing for several reasons in most books. These fonts are more modern, fashionable, and convenient on a screen. Most sans-serif fonts also come in many weights and styles, making them even more helpful than serif fonts.

Although some book publishers might stick to serif fonts, sans-serif fonts are increasingly preferred for several reasons. They have a modern appearance, are easy to read, and can be adapted for different books.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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