Bookerly

Dave CrosslandDave Crossland Posts: 789
edited January 2015 in Type Releases
Amazon just released a new book reading type developed by Dalton Maag, available on the Fire HD6 (images via mobileread thread)






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  • joeclarkjoeclark Posts: 106
    Designed with the assumption of default full justification, default nonhyphenation, and other Bezosian Aspergerian crimes against typography?
  • Dave CrosslandDave Crossland Posts: 789
    edited May 2015
    Google just released a similarly-briefed type, commissioned from Type Together: Literata

    http://www.type-together.com/literata


    https://www.flickr.com/photos/typetogether/sets/72157652433541065/
  • Stephen ColesStephen Coles Posts: 709
    The small, floating ‘aeo’ (due to lack of overshoot) are distracting to me here, but perhaps they are less obvious on the device itself.
  • Adrien TétarAdrien Tétar Posts: 209
    Very nice, great to see a typeface with an interesting texture on an eBook app.
  • Adam TwardochAdam Twardoch Posts: 273
    I’d happily fast-forward to the times where people would make some more text typefaces with uninteresting textures. Glad David Berlow is still making them. In times where everything is trying to grab my attention, I’d much rather the book typeface didn’t.
  • Adam TwardochAdam Twardoch Posts: 273
    edited May 2015
    This trend reminds me of the 1980s when musicians during concert were trying to show me how cool their instruments looked like.
  • Adam TwardochAdam Twardoch Posts: 273
    edited May 2015
    1. I wonder who thinks having such tiny quotation marks and appstrophes in Literata is a good idea? (Judging by http://www.type-together.com/resources_production/big/galeria_de_contenidos/_galleries/_custom_type/literata//literata_26.gif )
    2. I wonder who thinks that the phrases “T o sit staring” and “T here was something” in the image linked above look very odd?
    3. I wonder who thinks that “Literata” is just way too similar a name to “Litteratra” ( http://kltf.de/kltf_litteratra.shtml )?
  • Kent LewKent Lew Posts: 625
    1. Not me.
    2. Obviously a non-kerning environment. Which might have prompted a different spacing strategy. (But probably only if it was destined for a closed system, which I guess this was not?)
    3. I had a similar first impression.
  • http://m.fastcompany.com/3046678/the-kindle-finally-gets-typography-that-doesnt-suck

    Bookerly is now accompanies by a better text engine on Kindle

    Stephen, the overshoot in the actual files is okay, it looks this way in the low resolution images which show the letters after hinting has been applied

    Adam,

    1. The quotation marks are not so tiny according to the designers.

    2. Unlike Kindle, the Play Books text environment is based on Android's web renderer, so doesn't apply kerning, although it is in the font.

    Ken, TT have tried their best to space the design to work reasonable in such environments. Do you think you could do better? :)

    3. I think the names are not too similar.

  • PabloImpallariPabloImpallari Posts: 505
    edited June 2015
    Just dropped Literata v1.001 in the Testing page. Although the kerning is in the font, it's not working in Firefox neither. Maybe a bug?
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