best free fonts for book formatting

I’ve been hesitant to offer something like this, because – as you’ll know if you watched my videos or read the guides – you should start with a basic, simple template and simply change the chapter and title headings to match the font on your book cover.

Which means, really, that you could start with my free book formatting templates, read the guide, and finish your own amazing interior book formatting, by researching and using your own fonts. And what you don’t want to do is just pick up any old book formatting template and use it as is, without picking better fonts (because seriously, you can and should be doing much better. Interior formatting matters!) However, I also need to do cool and novel things to keep people visiting and sharing this site, so I give you….

Genre-specific book design layouts for print publishing

Basically, I’ve just taken some templates and added in some free fonts I like for each individual genre. I still don’t recommend you use one of the title fonts I picked out; unless you decide to use it on your cover as well. But the main thing is, since this is a free resources, there will be hundreds of books that look exactly the same.

But I’m confident that these guides and templates will get you started in the right direction, are an insanely useful resource, and if you agree I hope you’ll share them with your author friends.

Simple templates pack: honestly these are the shit (the bomb, aka the ones you should be using). Simple but beautiful serif and sans serif fonts, will look good for just about any genre. You don’t want interior fonts that clash with your book cover design, but it’s OK if your fonts don’t match as long as you keep things simple on the inside.

UPDATE! I’m doing this again for real soon. I finally finished my book cover creator tool so I picked out hundreds of free fonts and will be making a lot of book cover design templates; then I’ll use the same free fonts to redo my templates packages and make them easier to use.

Don’t worry, you can sign up today and I’ll let you know when all the new stuff is available – I’ll probably add to this site with the best free fonts for various genres.

Best free book formatting fonts for every genre

Here are some of the best free fonts to match the mood of each major book genre, but this is just a rough sketch. I’ll come back soon with MUCH more.


  1. Exo
  2. Orbitron
  3. Quantum
  4. Nasalization
  5. Andromeda


  1. Cinzel
  2. IM Fell English
  3. UnifrakturMaguntia
  4. Cardinal
  5. Pieces of Eight


  1. Alfa Slab One
  2. Anton
  3. Oswald
  4. Impact Label
  5. Scream Real


  1. Parisienne
  2. Allura
  3. Great Vibes
  4. Rochester
  5. Dancing Script


  1. Cinzel Decorative
  2. Creepster
  3. Averia Serif Libre
  4. Metamorphous
  5. Arapey


  1. Creepster
  2. Eater
  3. Nosifer
  4. Frijole
  5. Butcherman

Children’s Books:

  1. Bubblegum Sans
  2. Fredoka One
  3. Comic Neue
  4. Patrick Hand
  5. Amatic SC


  1. Open Sans
  2. Lato
  3. Roboto
  4. Raleway
  5. Montserrat


  1. Merriweather
  2. Source Sans Pro
  3. Cormorant Garamond
  4. PT Serif
  5. Playfair Display


  1. Libre Baskerville
  2. Arvo
  3. Crimson Text
  4. Old Standard TT
  5. Sorts Mill Goudy

Remember, the font you choose plays a crucial role in setting the tone and enhancing the reader’s experience. Choose wisely and happy writing!

Derek Murphy
Derek Murphy

I'm a location independent book designer (and book marketing genius) working on my PhD in Literature and shopping for a castle to use as a writer's paradise. I write non-fiction and YA.

    2 replies to "Free book formatting templates for every genre!"

    • Avatar Amy Chai

      I love you, Derek.
      Ha ha but seriously. Working on YA romance, you just gotta say it.
      Thanks for the templates. You rock.

      I am not really a high school student. She is my protagonist.

    • Avatar Jaxon

      I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it exteemrly easy for me!

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