What Hebrew font for long body copy?

heraldmonkey's picture

I'm designing a 250-or-so page Hebrew book. It's my first, and as I'm not used to reading long stretches of Hebrew text, I'm wondering which font to use for the main body copy.

The obvious suggestions were FrankRuel, David, Narkis, and Hadassah. Of those four, I most prefer the Narkis for the bodycopy and FrankRuel for the headings. Any additional suggestions to consider?

Just as good, are there particular editions of these standards which excel in anyone's opinion? I've seen Hagilda's FrankReul and it looks quite beautiful. I'm also taken by FontBit's Hadassah Chadash, as well as Oded Ezer's Meoded Serif (both only as display faces). Thanks!


heraldmonkey's picture

Another notable FrankRuel I saw recently was Feldheim's new Hebrew-only edition of the Mishna Berura. Don't know which cut they're using, but it's more squared and tightly kerned than I'm used to seeing. Sorry I don't have a sample to post but SO legible and beautiful!

gohebrew's picture

Who is your intended audience of readers?

Do you need nikkud alignment?

Contact www.fontworld.com. They have a superior version of FrankRuhl. Also, Scott Keofsky's Milon has many advantages over FontBit's New Hadasa.

Who is doing the typesetting?

Only modern texts, like those used in Israel, use Narkiss for the body text. If your audience is the Mishna Brura crowd, Narkiss is not a good choice.

heraldmonkey's picture

Thanks gohebrew,

The book is essentially "What to expect when you're expecting" for the religious Israeli crowd. It's not being marketed as sifrei kodesh. And it will be marketed almost exclusively in Israel. Almost zero nikkud, and I'm setting the type from a Word doc provided by the client.

Where could I see Scott Keofsky’s Milon? Thanks

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gohebrew's picture

hm,

www.philidor.com - drop him a request. Tell him you want a non-taamim version.

datiim and herediim, but not seforim, noty nikkud.

david is narror than narkiss. narkiss is more attractive to me. so david could either cost less to make, or larger point sizes could be. (bigger type and larger pictures sell better).

is the book a lot of pages?

gohebrew's picture

hm,

www.philidor.com - drop him a request. Tell him you want a non-taamim version.

datiim and herediim, but not seforim, noty nikkud.

david is narror than narkiss. narkiss is more attractive to me. so david could either cost less to make, or larger point sizes could be. (bigger type and larger pictures sell better).

is the book a lot of pages?

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