A Little Knowledge is Dangerous
A little knowledge is dangerous. I assumed, stupid me, that a font size in points was a consistent measure across all fonts of their vertical space on the line, of the height of the characters. And so foolishly, although I’d thought “I really need to do this” on several occasions, it was not until this morning–with everything just before being ready to send off to the printer and stay on target with my deadline, that I did what I should have done six weeks ago.
Slow Road Home I chose to print in Palatino (Linotype–a variety not among choices on CS3 of Adobe InDesign.) It has a reputation as a very readable font, and I chose a font size of 11 and to use a lot of white space to make it a readable, peaceful looking book.
Other things I’d read suggested Adobe Garamond Pro got good marks for readability. And it is with this font style and THE SAME point measure as the last book that I have been working so hard with my graphic designer person to set up the book. I stupidly assumed 11 point was 11 point.
As they say, STOP THE PRESSES. All 11 point fonts are NOT created equal. Look for yourself.
So the readability of the book, the page count of the book, the layout on every page of the book especially with pictures and such–everything would be changed to move to Palatino (or increased AGPro to something like 13 point) at this stage.What do I do?
Anybody out there with concrete information on how widely accepted Adobe Garamond Pro might be for older readers, which I figure is my demographic?
I guess this is the kind of OH CRAP moment better to happen now and delay the book by some weeks or months than to have 500 of them with font too small to read. Or is it? I really need any wisdom the collective blogosphere can muster, and I need it SOON! Forward this to your printshop techy friends, will you? I’m dead in the water. Maybe I’m okay. I need to have my peace back (so maybe a 4th cup of coffee might not be the best idea right now?)