Virtually Beautiful

The great thing about the ebook format is that the reader might have more control over how the book actually looks; they can change the font size, fiddle with the leading and actual font selection. All to make it more readable and convenient. The terrible thing about the ebook format is that the reader might have more control over how the book actually looks; and the input of designers will amount to little. There’s a terrible tension there that’s worth exploring – an honours student of mine suggests that aethetics and usability need to be able to coexist, and that we can’t ignore one for the sake of the other. He’s probably right. All of which is a long-winded introduction to the a link to the open library. Because they have recreated the look (and arguably, the feel) of old printed books online. Make of it what you will, but there is something quite charming at work…

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