Typography in iBooks

by Pablo Defendini

Pursuant to my post on iBooks for iPad, here’s a fantastic overview of the serious typographic deficiencies in iBooks on iPad, specifically, and on Apple’s part, generally, over the last decade or so, by Stephen Coles on fontfeed.com:

[...]it’s exactly that part of media consumption, reading, that reveals what’s missing on the iPad: good typography.

Signs that type took a backseat in the iPad’s development were clear back in January when Steve Jobs demoed the device, revealing just four uninspired and uninformed font options in iBooks. Apple also went with full justification without hyphenation, learning nothing from the Kindle’s spacing woes. These decisions were small or unnoticeable to the millions of future iPad buyers watching the announcement. But they stuck out like a sore thumb to typographers, whose job it is to make small, unnoticeable decisions that make text easier and more enjoyable to read. For those of us who hoped that a device meant for reading would be designed for reading, with all the typographic details well-considered and implemented, the announcement was disappointing.

Well worth a read, as Coles goes into minute detail. Outside the scope of my review, but I agree with every word.