300+ Fool-Proof Fonts to use for your Book Cover Design (an epic list of best fonts per genre)

Using the right fonts on your book cover helps tell the reader what genre your book fits into and elicits an emotional response. You want it to look great, but also be appropriate, fit in well with the cover design, and (probably) be just a little more interesting than a standard font.

So I’ve put together some cheat-sheets of the best fonts to use for your book cover, divided by genre.

In general, stick to 1 “fancy” or decorative font, and keep the other fonts very simple. You don’t want them to compete.

Also – the MOST important thing about your book cover (for fiction at least) is the picture – so don’t distract or cover it up with the text. Let the picture do its work, make the text more subtle, by blending in with the image as one art piece.

For non-fiction, the most important thing is the text, mostly the subtitle. Use simple serif or sans-serif fonts.

To use these: find the font you like and Google it. (The name of each font is written in that font).

Some are free, some aren’t.

There are LOTS more, but this is a good start.

Want to download all these fonts in a simple PDF? Click here.

 

romance

 

sans

 

scifi

 

serif

 

thriller

 

fantasy

 

horror

 

paranormal

 

western

 

chicklit

 

 

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About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors build profitable publishing platforms. Find me

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