Managed to get hold of the UK copy of the Order of the Phoenix that I bought
for my four kids (aged 17 - 25 and all avid fans) earlier this year.
Ouch! Having struggled to read some 150 pages by night, I find the body of
the typeface too light for the off white paper it's printed on. Not quite as
bad by daylight, but I would suggest that sufficient consideration wasn't
given to the book being read in the evenings under artificial light by
readers like me who have just ventured to the other side of 50 and who wear
varifocal lenses. Ironically, the publishers did give consideration to us
'more mature' readers by re-designing and offering what they considered a
more suitable alternative cover and dust jacket which is deemed much more
appropriate to be seen in the hands of someone past the puberty stage - in
case we should be so shamelessly caught out in the open. Still, I'm enjoying
the storyline so far and I suppose the typeface will prevent me from
overdoing it into the early hours of the morning.
>All in all I have read no complaints of eyestrain as much as
>revulsion that Serius Black died at the end of the book, killed
>by his own, unladylike, cousun.
Thank you indeed for divulging this piece of info. Sheesh, I've only another
700 pages to go yet!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hrant H Papazian [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 31 October 2003 18:52
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: US edition of Harry Potter book
> From: Christina Thiele
> > It ain't the type.
> Sure it is, just not by itself.
> Kids have more drive and less ability to pace themselves,
> so they are more susceptible to reading fatigue. When the
> book is very long the slightest advantage in the type can
> make a difference, especially for kids. Although Garamond
> is a decent text face, I would venture that its boumas are
> a bit too bland. Something like Fleischmann's #65 (not yet
> made digital) could carry readers further with less fatigue.