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Old 06-03-2009, 04:40 AM   #1
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Beautiful Topaz

Okay... I mentioned getting a nice topaz file before. I flat out don't buy topaz when I think to check, but sometimes I forget and grab one and then it's too late (well, sometimes I return it.) I decided not to this time, and just took a look.

It's the most beautiful, readable ebook I've ever seen. It made me angry the default kindle font doesn't look like this!

It's one of Oxford's "Very Short Introduction" books. In this case A Very Short Introduction to Paul. But wow.. so readable and crisp! I normally prefer serif fonts but... anyway, it almost makes it worth it being a topaz file as if it wasn't, it wouldn't look like this.
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:04 AM   #2
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Well, the ragged right is badly done especially around "offering". It really distracts you. This is an example of why you have to hyphenate also when using ragged right.
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That really doesn't bug me. But it could be better...

I'm really just infatuated with the text looking so clear and readable. Doesn't even feel like I'm reading on the Kindle!
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:45 AM   #4
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Doesn't look very beautiful to me, but the font is nicer than the default one. Aside from the chapter header, you could easily get this sort of experience with any Mobipocket file if Amazon allowed to customize the font and line spacing.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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The TOPAZ ebook in question is no longer available on the Kindle, but see Which font is this?. The answer turned out to be ITC Souvenir. An advantage of TOPAZ is that it can embed fonts, but a disadvantage is that they are not anti-aliased. Overall, ePub is much better for embedded fonts.
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:26 PM   #6
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It looks like a photocopy to me. Not all that nice.
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It looks like a photocopy to me. Not all that nice.
A photocopy of what, exactly?
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:30 PM   #8
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Well, the ragged right is badly done especially around "offering". It really distracts you. This is an example of why you have to hyphenate also when using ragged right.
Some of us like a ragged right.

BTW, I went in search of the font. It comes with about 7 other fonts, and cost $179.
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A photocopy of what, exactly?
Do you not know what a photocopy is?
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Do you not know what a photocopy is?
Yes, I do. But I also looked at the attached screen shot. It doesn't look like a scanned image; it looks like digital text in an unusual font. It's quite pretty.

Why do you think it's a photocopy?
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:41 PM   #11
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Yes, I do. But I also looked at the attached screen shot. It doesn't look like a scanned image; it looks like digital text in an unusual font. It's quite pretty.

Why do you think it's a photocopy?
I didn't say it is a photocopy. I said it looks like a photocopy.
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That's the screen-capture thingy on the Kindle. It produces a very "stark" image. I agree that it has the feel of a photocopy.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:46 PM   #13
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All I'm really getting at (and I know how god-awful topaz is) is how wonderfully readable it is. It's true the screenshot really takes something away but this is the most readable ebook I've came across and I was shocked to find it being a topaz file. Shocked because 90% of the topaz files I have had are almost UNREADABLE and besides the whole DRM thing the bad typography has always been my biggest complaint about topaz.
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That's the screen-capture thingy on the Kindle. It produces a very "stark" image. I agree that it has the feel of a photocopy.
So on the actual scree, it looks a lot nicer and not so stark. Thank you for that information.
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