Notes on the Typesetting

Optimized typography for your reading pleasure.

Optimized typography for your reading pleasure.

Bibliotheca will be employing time-tested typographic methods geared toward an exceptionally fluid reading experience: optimal type size, line length (words per line), leading (space between lines), and margins.

For details on typesetting see:

1. Bible Design Blog's 'Interview with Bibliotheca's Adam Lewis Greene: Part One & Part Two'


2. The Verge's article 'The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing it'

Excerpt from The Verge:
This attention to detail extends to the text. Each page is laid out according to the measurements of the Ark of the Covenant, the chest described in Exodus that housed the tablets of the Ten Commandments. The text is left-aligned, rather than justified as in many Bibles, with each paragraph gently indented. The alignment is a simple change which Greene says will make the volumes far more readable.

Even spacing contributes to legibility, equal line length does not," Greene explains. "When typesetting, an optimal amount of space needs to be established in order to sufficiently isolate words without creating undesirable gaps. Justified text pushes and pulls on this space, and left-aligned text deploys it with absolute consistency ... You're guaranteed the same optical rhythm on every line of text."

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