It’s Time to Standardize “Large Print” and “Giant Print”
A few weeks ago I encountered a Bible with an 8.5 point font being passed off as large print. I’m quite sure my customers would disagree. Of course there’s more to readability than just point size. There’s also,
- the degree of inking in the print process (can vary even within a single Bible)
- the space between lines (leading)
- the type of font used (sans serif fonts seem to be cleaner)
- the bleed from the page(s) underneath (paper thickness)
Customers with reading difficulty are quick to mention all of these as well as differing opinions on red letter editions. (On your computer, does that stand out more, or does the black stand out more?)
We definitely are in need of a uniform industry standard which all publishers must conform to. If publishers won’t agree to do this, we at least need the point size indicated on the product packaging.