It’s Tuesday morning. You finished your weekend read the evening before and grab a book on your way out to work. Excited about your spontaneous choice – a book you bought a year ago that you’ve almost picked up a dozen times – you settle into the only free seat on the tube, lovingly stroke the gorgeous cover and turn the page…
What you discover is font so teeny, you need a magnifying glass – nay – a microscope to read.
This, my fellow bookworms, is what happened to me this morning. It is such a HUGE pet hate that I have decided to rant about it here instead of talking my colleagues ears off (they stopped listening to me ten minutes ago).
Now, I don’t have terrible problems with my eyesight, nor do I need glasses to read. So I feel it’s fair to say that there is a problem with the font size if I can’t read a book without having it an inch away from my face.
Why the need for tiny font?
I’ve worked at a publishers, and I know the time and effort that is put in to pick the perfect font for a book – one that is easy to read, matches the ‘tone’ of the book (who knew fonts had ‘tones?!’) and one the doesn’t distract the reader.
On some levels, I get it – to typeset a novel you might need to change the font-size. Sometimes it is be harder to fill the extra pages if you used a bigger font. But let’s be realistic here; don’t drop the font size and the leading to a size so tiny I have to hold the page to my nose to read it. I would rather have paid £2 more for a bigger, more readable and thus, more enjoyable book.
Or better yet, give me a warning of what I’m about to read. Books with bigger fonts have labels, why shouldn’t it be the same for books with tiny fonts?