The myth of the disappearing book

Print books will always be important

A family huddles around the television in the late 1950s. National Archives and Records Administration

After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry. A Penguin executive even admitted recently that the e-books hype may have driven unwise investment, with the company losing too much confidence in “the power of the word on the page.”

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Two spaces after a period? Please

Chicago Manual of Style
Once upon a time, when typography involved letters that each took up the same space (as each other), it was the norm to type two spaces after a period. Wow. That’s been, like, 60 years ago.

Wikimedia says: From around 1950, single sentence spacing became standard in books, magazines and newspapers.[11] However some sources still state that additional spacing is correct or acceptable. The debate continues,[4] notably on the World Wide Web—as many people use search engines to try to find what is correct.[12] Many people prefer double sentence spacing for informal use because that was how they were taught to type.[13] There is a debate on which convention is more readable, but the few recent direct studies conducted since 2002 have produced inconclusive results.[14]Associated Press Stylebook

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What greeking really means?

Lorem ipsum in typeface Gill Sans

Image via Wikipedia

Have you ever wondered what the famous ” lorem ipsum” (the so-called “greeking” used by millions of designers who want to show text without actually having any) translates to? Hint: even tho it’s called “greeking” by designers, it’s actually only translated into Latin. Trying “Greek” in Google won’t work. The true meaning of greeking is that it’s not greek at all. (more…)

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