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Chapter 18. Fonts > How to Buy Fonts

How to Buy Fonts

If you're getting tired of the fonts that came with your Mac, you have your pick of thousands of fonts from dozens of vendors. How do you find out what's available? Well, a good place to start is the font vendors list in the “Where to Buy Fonts” section later in this chapter. Some of these companies offer printed catalogs of their font collections, usually for a fee. More and more, however, font companies are showing and selling their wares on the Web (Web addresses are listed for all font vendors, with the exception of a few holdouts who don't have Web sites). Most companies provide onscreen samples of their fonts; some have utilities that can print samples on your home printer.

If you have access to the Web, your best bet is to go to a vendor's site and see what it has to offer. Most sites let you click a button that sends an e-mail message to customer service if you have questions. Once you find a font or family you like, do some comparison shopping; some vendors have permission to sell other companies' fonts, and you might find a better deal if you shop around.


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