Can I / How Do I Choose My Book's Fonts?

Can I choose fonts for my layout, cover, ebook, etc.?

Yes. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and a web address to see it in use. Do no send a font file or font image sample unless requested.

If we do not have the font in our library, we may be able to acquire it or suggest a close match. We encourage the use of FOS [Free Open Source] fonts wherever possible.

WARNING: “Free for personal use” fonts are not FOS nor are they free for commercial use. You must purchase them for use in a commercial (for sale) product. For some FOS fonts, see the following, though we have many others:

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another book?

Perhaps. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web URL address as a way to see it in use. If it is a commercial font, we may recommend a close match in a FOS [Free Open Source] font. Perhaps better is to see the entry directly above.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. It is illegal to redistribute commercial fonts. This may include ones pre­-installed with Windows or OSX. For ones you found elsewhere that are free for ”Personal Use,” this not the same as Public Domain and 99.9% require purchase / licensing for commercial use.

If the font is public domain or FOS [Free Open Source], then we may already have it. Supply the URL where you found/­acquired the font, so that we can verify its licensing by its current version.

WARNING: All fonts have versions; licensing can change by version the same as for any other code/­software.

For a commercial [use] font, can NDAS purchase it and add the cost to my billing?

No. You must purchase the font yourself [licensed to you for your publication] and deliver it with a copy of the vendor's receipt. You are better off consulting with us to find an pseudo equivalent FOS font.

Questions and answers above are now part of our FAQ page.