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Consider Garamond for any print document where readability and legibility are important, where you want to fit a lot of text on a page, and when you want to be eco-friendly. Garamond is a highly readable and legible typeface for print use. It is also eco-friendly—save trees and use toner by using Garamond. Garamond works […]

Georgia was designed to be highly readable online, with high x-heights, wider characters, and heavier letter strokes. If you want a serif typeface for text that will be read on a screen (computer, phone, tablet…) then Georgia is a great choice. It provides a friendly and still traditional feel and is great for digital texts […]

Tip of the Day: To stand out from the crowd avoid Times New Roman

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 5th, 2011

As a default typeface in Microsoft programs for years and a commonly typeface used in print publications, like books, in the US for years, Times New Roman is overused. As such a ubiquitous and overused face, Time New Roman (TNR) blends into the crowd of other TNR documents. Résumés in TNR look like thousands of […]

The Most Banned Books of 2009

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on April 22nd, 2010

Feel like being a rebel with a clue? Check out one of the top ten most banned books for 2009, as reported by the ALA. Harry Potter didn’t make this list this year, but Ms. Meyer’s Twilight series appears for the first time on the list (maybe those conservative mothers actually read the books their […]

Research supports free ebooks!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 10th, 2010

Bloggers, podcasters, and other social media experts have often claimed that the release of free digital content, like podcasts of books, helps books sales. Grammar Girl and Scott Sigler have proven this true in their own ways. But now there is more than anecdotal evidence. Researchers at BYU found that release of free ebooks correlates […]

So everyone is an Author now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 31st, 2009

With blogs, twitter, social networking sites, is everyone a writer or better yet, an author now? No, but according to Pelli & Bigelow in A Writing Revolution , everyone will be an author in 2013. Yes, in just four short years everyone will be an author. Get ready to read! A lot! The idea behind […]

Screen Space 10: User-Centered Design 101 (Why user-friendly is not enough)

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on May 18th, 2009

[transcript] In Episode 10 of Screen Space: User-Centered Design 101 (Why user-friendly is not enough) Welcome to Screen Space your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and new media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is Episode 10 of Screen Space: User-Centered Design 101 (Why user-friendly is not enough). […]

 
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End of books?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 24th, 2007

In my current graduate Electronic Writing and Publishing class we have recently discussed the possible of the “end of books”. This is always an area that students get very into discussing, but almost all of them think books will “never” go away. My thoughts on this issue have been changing over time. Up until quite […]