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The Original Typeface Compendium

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As the folks at FontShop once put it:

Since 1991, ‘the big yellow book’ has been the trusted friend of designers, typographers, advertisers, manufacturers, publishers, historians and anyone else who uses type.

FontBook is the only guide that compiles original, digital typefaces from multiple manufacturers and presents them in a systematic way. All-inclusive, with typefaces both old and new, FontBook contains all the classics of the art of printing, insofar as they are available digitally, as well as the latest font releases and extensions.

Today FontShop’s FontBook took a giant, digital leap forward. The new FontBook, now available as an iPad app, takes the original idea of the FontBook as, “the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool,” and updates it significantly (beyond – to be fair – what could have even been imagined when the last, physical book was published).

The new and improved FontBook – though sadly no longer a print on paper affair – is truly the definitive guide to the world of typographic opportunity.

Containing the work of over 110 type foundries and featuring 620,000 typeface specimens (yes, you read that correctly, 620,000…) the FontBook allows you to view fonts by: name, style, typographic sub-classification, designer, foundry, year of publication, or by similarity of design. (It’s truly that comprehensive.)

Presented through a beautifully designed and intuitive interface, it allows you to compile your own list of favorite fonts, and use an in-built ‘compare’ tool to test-drive fonts. As FontShop puts it, “It’s specially designed for fast, easy navigation and also works as a fun playground for finding inspiration.” (Trust us, it’s a playground indeed….)

As Fontshop put it:

FontBook is primarily an online browsing application and displays its full content only when your device has internet access through a WiFi or 3G mobile connection. However, if you have no online access, you can temporarily switch the “Include online content” setting to “off”. This will enable the app to display a reduced pool of selected content which will work offline.

This approach, of core content when offline, and enhanced content when online, works perfectly for such a comprehensive catalogue and is ideal for a catalogue that will, inevitably, be updated regularly. Fontshop state:

FontBook will be continually updated with more type specimens as they become available through new font releases and the addition of new type foundries. More features will also be added on the next version and in future updates.

Given FontShop’s track record, and passion, for keeping the FontBook current, one can only imagine what future editions hold. Suffice to say: Drop everything and get your copy now, you’ll be delighted you did.

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