Why New Ebook Fonts Fall Short

ebook typograhy Kindle Bookerly LiterataThere’s been much ado recently about Bookerly and Literata, the two newly designed default typefaces for Kindle and Google Play Books, respectively.

But according to expert ebook developer Laura Brady and top digital typographer Charles Nix, neither new ebook font is all it’s cracked up to be.

That’s because “the ebook environment challenges the fundamentals of legibility,” as Nix puts it, and the new typefaces represent “band-aid” solutions to that larger problem.

The “idea that one font will work well for every single kind of ebook,” Brady explains, “really just throws book design out the window by dispensing with any halfway nuanced appreciation of the content—something that should make any author or publisher recoil as well.”

Much more.


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