How Important Are Fonts and Typography On eReaders?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 8, 2015 // 11 Comments

Digital Book World had an article yesterday on fonts and typography on ereaders. The author was not impressed with the new Bookerly and Literata fonts: Commentators have tossed around celebratory remarks like, “the Kindle finally gets typography that doesn’t suck” and “e-readers rejoice!” [...]

Morning Links: Understanding Hugo Awards Snafu. Famous Typographical Optical Illusion

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 2, 2015 // 6 Comments

Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu (iO9) This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of [...]

Morning Links: Typeface Mimics Dyslexia. Why Apple Might Become a Bank

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

This Typeface Simulates Reading with Dyslexia (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Daniel Britton doesn’t have to wonder; he’s had the condition all his life, and now he’s found a way to communicate it to others. TeleRead Take: I’ve always had sympathy for people with dyslexia, but it [...]

Tips of the day for self-publishers: The 10 commandments of typography

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

One design-oriented set of tips that actually might be quite useful for self-publishers and independent publishing houses is the “10 Commandments of Typography” shared by Yardley, PA, logo and graphic design studio Designmantic. Their visual breakdown of Typography 101 (or in this [...]

Herrick backdates emoticons to 1648?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

While attending the WCF Davos Forum in March, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation by Scott E. Fahlman, widely hailed as “father of the first smiley emoticon in 1982.” As it happens, though, there have been other challengers to that claim – the New York Times once ran a [...]

The single versus double space debate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 1, 2014 // 5 Comments

This is one that’s gone, if not exactly viral, at least mildly infectious on Facebook, with writers and editors debating the pros and cons of single or double spaces after full points in manuscripts and word-processed copy. As a sometime editor, I can tell you that it introduces problems into [...]

Fonts and E-Books: Author Madeline Miller is fan of Baskerville

By libertyc
August 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

Family friends in Edinburgh introduced me to Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles,” and while browsing through the book (on paper, for a change), I came across her concluding text on the book’s font, “A note on the type”: “The text of this book is set in Baskerville, and is named [...]

A conversation with Michel Pierson, resurrector of Mallarmé's 'Un coup de Dés'

By libertyc
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

I spoke recently with Michel Pierson, resurrector of the unique picture-poem “Un coup de Dés” (“A Throw of the Dice”) by French Symbolist luminary Stéphane Mallarmé, about how he reconstructed the poet’s original intentions in print and online. * * * TeleRead: How [...]

The state of ebook typography

By Paul Biba
April 9, 2012 // 12 Comments

Fascinating article (I love typography) by James Felici in CreativePro.  I suggest you read the whole thing and take a look at the illustrations as well: Whether on Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other LCD display, type suffers compared to print. So is good typography even possible for today’s [...]

Typographica's favorite typefaces of 2011

By Paul Biba
January 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Typographica site: The idea is simple: I invite a group of writers, educators, type makers and type users to look back at 2011 and pick the release that excited them most. The reviews range from the academic (like Paul van der Laan on Zizou or Jens Kutilek on FB Alix) to the theoretical [...]

A typographic checklist

By libertyc
May 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

This checklist is from an article in Monotype Imaging’s fonts.com site.  If you go to the original article you will find links to each item on the list with an explanation of why it is there.  The list was compiled by Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio and a typographic consultant. [...]

Michael N. Marcus: Ugliness of e-book formatting bleeding over into print books

By libertyc
November 1, 2010 // 9 Comments

Michael N. Marcus, who I mentioned a few days ago when Amazon subsdiary CreateSpace refused to print his book because it mentioned Amazon (they subsequently called him to apologize and let him know that was a mistake) has written a post comparing books vs. e-books to craft vs. chain pizza. The [...]

Overcoming iBooks’s full justification with Calibre

By libertyc
April 17, 2010 // 5 Comments

One of the annoyances Stephen Coles cited in his article about iPad typography was the way that iBooks uses full justification with no hyphenation. This was also something that annoyed me about the Sony and Astak e-readers that I reviewed. While I do not know of an easy way to add hyphenation, the [...]

iPad typography leaves something to be desired, says The FontFeed

By libertyc
April 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Stephen Coles at The FontFeed has an article about what the iPad is missing. As you might guess from the name of the website, it is about the iPad’s typography and font selections. Coles dislikes the way that iBooks uses full justification with no hyphenation, causing wide gaps and “rivers” [...]

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