Alex writes, "I would like to know what are the preferred fonts (name and size ) for a book of short stories and short theater?" While there's no specific fonts by name that are preferred for books or any other type of document there are certainly some fonts better suited for the job. A script face, for example, wouldn't make the list. Check out the reader recommendations described in the comments and read this new (added 2013) resource:
Finding the Best Fonts for Books offers both general guidelines for font selection and lists of specific fonts that work well in most book designs.
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Updated January 2013