There’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.”
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Author Solutions Suit Won’t Be Class Action (Pub Lunch)
The beleaguered publishing services company Author Solutions is the target of multiple lawsuits in which plaintiffs have sought class certification for their claims. Now Judge Denise Cote rejects the class action status pursued by one group of plaintiffs. Publishers Lunch explains why and offers a refresher on the current state of those legal battles.
Why Library Ebooks Don’t Threaten Bookstores (Guardian)
Bricks-and-mortar booksellers in the UK have raised a cry in recent weeks over a recent e-lending pilot program in the country’s public libraries, arguing the expansion of the practice could harm sales of physical books. But one commentator says those fears of cannibalization are overstated.
Egmont Rethinks Global Licensing (The Bookseller)
The Denmark-based publisher creates two divisions for its global rights business, with one dedicated to acquiring rights and licensing content and the other to developing content that’s amenable to being licensed internationally in multiple formats. An Egmont exec heading up one of the two new divisions says, “Our partners are looking for a publisher that can manage their brands with a global approach.”
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ComiXology Inks Deal with French Publisher (PW)
The Amazon-owned digital comics platform ComiXology adds more than 150 English-language titles in a deal with the French Delcourt Group. Graphic novels are said to comprise more than four times the share of the overall book market in France than they do in the U.S., and Delcourt is hoping its offering will help broaden the readership for digital comics beyond superhero devotees.
Assessing Ingram’s Digital Transformation (Tennessean)
Ingram Content Group’s President and COO Shawn Morin says half the distributor’s business now comes from channels that didn’t exist a decade ago. There are some in the book world who argue that publishers, too, need to reinvent themselves as technology companies. For his part, Morin is confident there will always be a print-digital hybrid market but confides he’s “a big believer that in chaos, there is opportunity.”
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Amazon to Do Black Friday One Better (CNN Money)
Announcing a one-day “Prime Day” beginning at midnight on July 15th, the day before the e-tailer’s twentieth birthday, Amazon plans to offer customers more and better discounts than what’s available on Black Friday.
Amazon Sued over Search Results Display (Reuters)
A court rules in that Amazon must go to trial with a watch manufacturer alleging Amazon’s search results pages drive confused customers to the watchmaker’s competitors. The manufacturer is not an Amazon merchant, but searches for the company’s name surface results from other watchmakers Amazon does carry in a way manner that the plaintiff says misuses its trademark.
The Look (and Substance) of ‘Immersive Ebooks’ (Co.Design)
Google announced a new immersive ebook project, “Editions at Play,” in April this year, a collaboration with the UK-based publisher Visual Editions. Now the company shares the branding it developed for the program, which aims to represent the print foundations for what it ambitiously imagines as the next generation in digital book content. Some, however, are skeptical that Editions at Play is much more than the latest chapter in the lackluster history of enhanced ebooks.