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@Dave Crossland, TypeNetwork is a different animal. Closest analog is a publisher. Also Font Spring is owned by Creative Market. The whole question is a bit of a false construct because no one requires that you choose only one anyway.
1. The Adobe distribution channel isn't exactly a reseller situation. It's more like an OEM channel that allows us to add functionality for our customers
2. The Adobe use is a relatively closed system where specific kinds of use are permitted, that doesn't conflict with our licensing imperatives. In contrast, Monotype permits "add-on" licensing using their own documents which would create a conflict with ours.
3. Adobe isn't perfect but it's way more stable and sensible than Monotype
Is Type Network like a publisher? Sure, sort of. These days we try to think and act like an agency, representing our foundry partners for sales, consulting, and other professional services. I think all font distributors at least dabble in that, but every distributor has to choose a customer and business model to prioritize, and everyone is different. And I think designers and foundries have different goals with distribution, so it’s nice to have choices.
Since the OP refers to “Monotype Fonts,” I wonder if it was a more specific question about their subscription service, rather that broader distribution through MyFonts or whatever. (And by the way, I will never tire of wishing that Adobe and Monotype had just stuck with “Typekit” and “Mosaic,” respectively. It would be a lot less confusing.)