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Rivers of Type

Martin McClellan on full-justified books for the iPhone Kindle app:

Computer justified type only looks good to people who like straight edges on their blocks but don’t bother to read the text inside them.

You should never set justified type without hyphenation, that’s for sure. But some Kindle books are ragged-right (as they should be, at least on the iPhone) — it’s a per-book preference set by the publisher.

Saturday, 7 March 2009