When I am selecting fonts to use, I have several priorities that affect my choices:
1. Today publications are read on screen devices a huge percentage of the time I always want a font that was designed to look good on digital devices. This usually means that the font was designed in the last 10 years, because before that paper was used the bulk of the time. Fonts that work well on screens are a bit “stronger” than those designed for paper.
2. I want fonts with an “open license” such as SIL. This means that I can use them for commercial work and even re-distribute them if necessary.
3. I like fonts that have two or more weights (regular and bold) and they must have italics for each weight. Having three or more weights is a bonus. The extra weights are rarely used within the text, but often come in handy for the cover.
4. The font must have all of the special characters of a Latin-1 font.
5. The fonts MUST have all of the numbers full-height and aligned on the baseline. Nothing looks uglier than having a hierarchal heading number where the numbers wonder all over the baseline when compared to the rest of the heading. I also care about the vertical alignment and size of ®©™. I like it when ® and ™ are smaller and raised like a superscript, since that is the way that they are usually used.
6. I like it when I can find both a Serif and Sans Serif font that were designed to look good together.
7. Above all the font must look good!If you use Scrivener for iOS,
then you MUST remember to install any font used in you project on the iOS device or you will end up reverting the fonts back to Scrivener's defaults!
=======My Current Favorites
• Google’s Noto Serif –– (https://goo.gl/9kTvhA
) Is available in two weights with italics. Google has done a great job of seeing that the font is very well populated i.e. no missing glyphs. Missing characters often are displayed as a white rectangle––called a Tofu. The Noto in the font’s name stands for No Tofu.
• Monzilla’s Fira Sans –– (https://goo.gl/rozfBG
) is available in many weights, condensed and all have italics. These fonts are also available as condensed (taller & narrower) form in many weights.
• Monzilla’s Fira Mono –– (https://goo.gl/S8dA2N
) is available in three weights, but no italics.
• Google’s Courgette —(https://goo.gl/21uvMc
) is a really nice handwriting font. Surprisingly this font has most of the Latin-1 character set. It only has one weight and no italic which is common for a handwriting font.