A dyslexic-friendly edition is coming!

There’s an interesting little war going on in the world of fonts for dyslexic readers. Three fonts are in wide use for this purpose:

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One of these — Dyslexie — is a proprietary font sold by a company in the Netherlands. The other two are free, or close to free.  Dyslexie is beyond our means; we would never sell enough dyslexic editions to pay its yearly license fee.  We’re evaluating the other two.

The ‘war’ part is about an ugly legal action threatened by the makers of Dyslexie against the developer of OpenDyslexic, which can be downloaded and distributed without limitation or fee from OpenDyslexic.org. This feels all too much like Microsoft trying hard to kill off open-source Linux. Shame on the makers on Dyslexie! It’s clear that their interest is in making money rather than in the welfare of dyslexic readers. The status of their infringement claim is well below dubious, because in the US typefaces can’t be copyrighted. The Dyslexie argument is that OpenDyslexic takes advantage of this ‘loophole’ to infringe their intellectual property rights.

In any event, we plan to publish a dyslexic-friendly edition of Norm and Burny: The Black Square within the coming weeks. As of now, it will be set in either OpenDyslexic or Lexia Readable. We would appreciate your feedback and comments.

…/jay

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4 Responses to A dyslexic-friendly edition is coming!

  1. Nick Williams says:

    Well, if you want to just be petulant in contrary I would immediately default to OpenDyslexic, but I personally gravitate toward the typeface with even letter spacing because in large quantities it would be easier for MY eyes to follow. However, I do not intricately understand dyslexia and all of its idiosyncrasies, so I guess someone with dyslexia would be better to ask? But perhaps those less accustomed to working around it, and in very quick settings. I immediately think of using flash cards with younger dyslexics and seeing which ones have the highest accuracy as well as the fastest speed. I assume ease of reading is the goal, so speed and accuracy are the two major contenders for dyslexics.
    Sorry I wasn’t much help…

  2. Nick Williams says:

    Also, I know why this series is in dyslexic-friendly format, but how many other book series’ are dyslexic-friendly? If all it takes is changing the font, it actually seems easy, and would make a lot of people’s lives easier.

    • Books from big publishers are unlikely, because they work in big print runs, making a version whose sales would be miniscule unjustifiable. Independent publishers have costs to recover too. Our book is ideally suited for dyslexic treatment, because its readers are at a critical learning age.

  3. Katina says:

    I like the LexiaReadable, easier to read.

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