“Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.”
― Douglas Adams
Back in May I wrote The Nastiness of E-books, discussing the typographic shortcomings of all the major e-book distributors, specifically, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. With the relative exception of iBook on the iPad, which offers fully justified books, with hyphenation to help with reading longer volumes of text such as, well, books. The Kindle, Nook, and Kobo do not support this, but they still often choose to justify the text of their books making for some very awkward and difficult to read blocks of text, as illustrated here by Dmitry Fadayev:
The image on the left shows the consistent spacing of left-justified text. Still hard to read over long periods, but better than having the inconsistent spacing between words on a line that you get with justified text that doesn’t use hyphens (pictured right).
But here come the new Kindles.
With the release of new Kindle devices last week, it was my hope that the world’s largest e-book seller would right this wrong and make reading that much easier for those of us who would like to move from print to digital.