How to Choose the Right Fonts for Your Book Cover

A step-by-step guide.

Shelby Sullivan


Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Finding the right book cover font on Word, Canva, or Google Docs can be a struggle when you don’t know where to start. Especially when you are making your own book cover!

I’ve been staring at fonts for years now, and I have a few favorites. Depending on what I’m working on, each font will breathe new life into a design.

Font examples from my recent book cover designs (Romance, Western, Sci-Fi).

Because of this, I think that I’ve compiled a helpful list of fonts that you can use in your own book cover design adventures. All of these are available on Canva, but not all are included in the free version (sorry!).

If you are serious about getting the best for your Canva book cover design, you might want to invest a month or two in the Premium Canva subscription. I’ve had it for years and I love it — plus I can claim it as software that I use for my business on my taxes.

Also, remember that most free fonts like the Serif and San Serif families are perfectly fine for almost any book interior or exterior. These font ideas are just a few ways to shake things up!

Here are a few genre examples of fonts you can use when creating your book cover design!

Romance Fonts

All fonts are sized at 93. Perceived size is due to the nature of the fonts themselves.

Perfect for any romance cover, these six fonts have that calligraphy, swooping style that most authors covet for their covers. Often, romance authors will put the title in swooping cursive, but keep the author's name in a basic Sans Serif font for legibility.

And speaking of legibility, if you do decide to go a little crazy with the calligraphy here, make sure that your title:

  • Is Legible
  • Is Not swooping all over itself
  • Doesn’t swoop outside of the margins for printing



Shelby Sullivan

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