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Though I generally shy away from any article that involve phrases like "Reinventing the Book", I’m still mighty curious about Amazon's font selection for its Monday-launched e-book device, Kindle. I mean, for starters, out of all typeface in the world, why Caecilia?
However, I think that Amazon might have gotten it right this time, because the device was:
As quoted from the article:
...he [Jeff Bezos] ticks off a number of attributes that a book-reading device...must have. First, it must project an aura of bookishness; it should be less of a whizzy gizmo than an austere vessel of culture.
Compare this with Sony Reader's:
As quoted from their website copy:
The Sony® Reader provides a new way to experience reading. It boasts an impressive display, utilizing breakthrough technology that’s almost paper-like. In addition, the text can be magnified for sight-impaired readers. Daylight readable, high contrast, high resolution, near 180º viewing angle.
I think that if any revolution is to take place, it has to take the human spirit into account. From what I’ve read so far, Amazon seemed to do just that; but it remains to be seen whether those words were true to principle or just extremely empathic/clever PR.
Note: this article is a repost of what I’ve written in my blog, because I think that the content is relevant to our community.