Kindle Gets Bookerly: Finally, a typeface that makes reading a pleasure

Posted on by Mike Evans

John Brownlee, writing in Fastcompany says that Kindle finally gets typography that doesn't suck. I agree. Bookerly totally transforms the Amazon Kindle reading experience. You'd think the choice of typeface would be a minor thing; as long as it's legible it will do. But Amazon has designed something that makes reading a real pleasure again.

Amazon's Kindle e-reader is a lovely single-purpose gadget, with an industrial design ethos that, in its singular focus on the purity of e-reading, even Dieter Rams could love. The iOS and Android apps are even great. But no matter what gadget you read on, the Kindle's typography and typesetting has always been a bit of a disaster, with six different typefaces, that are barely suitable for reading an actual book. (Who reads books in Futura, anyways?) As for the typesetting, "hideous" is the word many type lovers would use to describe it.

But today, Amazon is making a big step towards better typography on the Kindle. Not only are they unveiling Bookerly, the first typeface designed for the Kindle for scratch, but they're finally solving the Kindle's typesetting problems with an all-new layout engine that introduces better text justification, kerning, drop caps, image positioning, and more.

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Tools & Toys: Apple Watch is a unique device, unobtrusive, always there

Posted on by Mike Evans

Bradley Chamers, writing in Tools & Toys

Apple Watch is a unique device. It’s form over function in a lot of ways. It’s a beautiful watch that can do a lot of things on top of telling time. It’s a great fitness tracker, a great way to control your iPhone music, see your calendar appointments quickly, and scan your messages. It’s the best device in certain situations, but the worst in others. On May 3rd and 4th, Apple Watch was a central device in my computing life. On May 5th, I was back in the office in front of my Mac and external monitor. While traveling, Apple Watch was a window into my life. When I was back in the office next day, Apple Watch was my watch again. John Siracusa once said time equals money, but money doesn’t equal time. If Apple Watch can help us better manage our time with technology, then it’s money well spent.

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South London Camera Fair, revised dates

Posted on by Mike Evans

Back in March I listed the dates of the South London Camera Fair incorrectly. The correct dates for the remainder of 2015 are May 31—a week on Sunday—followed by July 25, September 13, October 18 and December 6. I hope to be there on Sunday and if you visit please come up and say hello.  

The venue is the Kemnal Technology College, Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, Kent DA14 5AA. Doors open at 10 am but you can gain access from 8 am for a small additional payment. It's always worth getting to camera fairs early in the day because this is the best time to pick up the bargains. 

If you have any queries contact the organiser, George Kozobolis at kozobolis@tiscali.co.uk

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