How do I purchase fonts from Mark Simonson Studio?
It depends on what you need them for.
If you plan to use the fonts on your computer to create documents that will be printed, or wish to use the fonts in static images (such as GIF, TIFF, PNG, or JPEG), video files, Flash animations, or PDF files, then you will need to buy a desktop license.
You may purchase and immediately download fonts for desktop use from any of the following vendors:
- You Work For Them
- Font Bros
The prices are generally the same, starting at US$29 for a single font, and US$15 for each additional font in multi-font packages. The fonts are identical at different vendors. Some vendors carry all my fonts, some don’t. There are some differences in price and availability of certain multi-font packages and the cost of multi-user licenses. There are also differences in the way the fonts can be paid for, delivered, etc. See individual vendors for more information.
What do I get when I buy a desktop font?
Most of my fonts include two formats: OpenType (OTF) and TrueType (TTF). OTF fonts contain PostScript outline data and are often preferred for professional publishing work. TTF fonts contain TrueType outline data and tends to work better with “office” applications, particularly on Windows. Either format will work on both MacOS and Windows. Both formats have the same character set and the same OpenType features. In general, either format will work in most cases, but there are situations where one format is preferred over the other, so I provide both. Important: Don’t try to install both formats of a font at the same time. Your computer will be very confused.
A few of my older fonts are still available at some vendors (Proxima Sans, for example), and include PostScript Type 1 and TrueType formats for either MacOS or Windows (not cross-platform-compatible) instead of OTF and TTF. I don’t plan to update these fonts to the newer formats.
For more about OpenType, see the OpenType Info page.
One thing to remember: When you “buy” a font you are really just buying a license to use it. Even though you get two different versions of a font when you buy it, you are still limited to the number of users specified by the license you purchase. For instance, if you purchase the basic 5 user license, the two fonts you receive may only be used by up to 5 users, not 10. See my standard End User License Agreement for more information.
If you plan to use the fonts on a website, you will need to buy a webfont license.
You may purchase and immediately download fonts for web use from any of the following vendors:
All of these vendors require you to host the fonts yourself on your own web server. The prices are generally the same (based on page views per month) starting at US$29 for a single font and US$15 for each additional font purchased at the same time as part of a set or package. Each vendor has made custom optimizations for screen use. All of them show previews of what the fonts look like in different web browsers on different platforms, so you can judge for yourself which vendor’s webfonts are best for your website. There are also differences in the way the fonts can be paid for, delivered, etc. See individual vendors for more information.
If you don’t want to host the fonts yourself, there are also subscription services which give you access to a library of fonts, including many of mine. These services include:
Subscription services also make it very easy to add webfonts to a website, simply by adding a few lines of code to your pages and style sheets. When you subscribe to one of these services, the fonts are hosted for you on robust redundant servers around the world. Prices are generally quite a bit lower than a self-hosted webfont license, but access usually requires a monthly or yearly fee based on how much traffic your site gets.
Note: Fonts that rely on contextual substitutions (such as Lakeside and Kinescope) are not available for web use. Most web browsers do not support advanced features like that yet.
What do I get when I buy a webfont license?
That depends on whether you purchase a “self-hosted” or “hosted” webfont license. With a self-hosted webfont license, you usually receive a “kit” containing everything you need to host the fonts on your web server, including the fonts in EOT (Embedded OpenType), WOFF (Web Open Font Format), and sometimes SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) formats, the necessary code to use on your website, and a set of instructions. With hosted webfonts, you don’t usually get any fonts, but you do receive code to paste into your web pages and style sheets so that the fonts appear on your website. Please refer to specific vendors for more detailed information.
What if I want to purchase fonts for use in a mobile app or ebook?
Then you will need a special embedded font license. My standard app embedded font license is a one-time fee per app of US$290 for a single font and US$150 for each additional font licensed at the same time when offered as part of a set or package of fonts. My standard ebook embedded font license is a one-time fee per title of US$87 for a single font and US$45 for each additional font licensed at the same time, again when offered as a part of a multi-font package or set. Both kinds of licenses are available from the following vendors:
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If you have a question about purchasing fonts that isn’t answered on this page, or have a special situation (such as OEM licensing), feel free to contact me.