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Note to customers: The print version of this book is
highly formatted, and many pages contain examples that use a variety of
approaches to text layout including the use of multiple fonts. The
subtleties of this layout would be lost when converted to ePub, so we
have chosen to offer this ebook only in PDF format, which keeps the page
layout intact.

Beautifully designed
and richly illustrated The Complete Manual of Typography, Second
Edition, is the fully updated version of THE seminal book on typography
by Jim Felici. This book is about how type should look and how to make
it look that way — in other words, how to set type like a
professional. It explains in practical terms how to use today’s
digital tools to achieve the secret of good design: well set type. An
essential reference for anyone who works with type: designers, print
production professionals, and corporate communications managers can go
to straight to the index to find focused answers to specific questions,
while educators and students can read it as a text book from cover to


You’ll Learn:


  • Basic Concepts and anatomy of good typography, indexed for quick
    reference by busy professionals
  • How to manage fonts and handle
    corrupted or missing fonts on any operating system
  • What makes
    good type good (and bad type bad)
  • Techniques for working with
    measure, point-size, leading, kerning, and other type fundamentals

  • Practical ways to fix composition problems such as loose lines, bad
    rags, windows, and orphans
  • Hard-to-find rules for managing
    hyphenation and justification, indents, text wraps, and expert-set
  • Secrets of how to wring out good type from
    uncooperative word-processing and layout problems
  • The latest
    font technologies, including OpenType
  • New typographic tools
    and improved font services in Operating Systems such as Windows and Mac
  • New Techniques, and coverage of working methods such as
    style sheets.
  • 35 page glossary of type terms

Praise for the first edition

"Clear and elegant...
There's no better or more useful introduction to the whole craft of

Roger Black - Danilo Black, Inc

you've wanted to know about type and typography but never dared ask.
Jim Felici brings together a vast amount of knowledge in this book.

Erik Spiekermann author, Stop Stealing Sheep (and
Find Out How Type Works)

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Sep 19, 2009

I couldn't put it down, which goes to show I am a huge nerd. Seriously, though, I learned a ton of interesting and useful information related to bookmaking. I think everyone who works in the publishing industry could benefit from reading through it.

Sep 11, 2018

Though I'd been given an old edition (2003), this was very helpful to learn general typographic guidelines! My InDesign documents will be better now than ever. I plan to check out the latest edition, since software and tech (especially screen resolution) have updated so much.

Jan 18, 2018

Книга отличная, но не хватало визуальных примеров для тех, кто только знакомится с типографикой.

Jun 21, 2012

The book on typography in our time. If you typeset books this is your ultimate tool. Felici goes into every detail right down to the spacing in between the letters. Filled with examples written in easy and entertaining manner. Let the master, James Felici, be your guide.

Oct 24, 2016

A great read, engagingly written, with plenty of usable insights and typographical eye candy.

Jun 15, 2008

a pretty good read to learn the basics of typography so you don't make ugly things. And for the record... everyone needs to stop using comic sans. NOW.

Jan 17, 2011

See this article from Slate: "Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period" (

Jan 10, 2011

haven't actually finished it. but it wows me everytime i open it.

Mar 21, 2013

This book serves its title perfectly: this is the complete guide. Everything is in there, with beautiful examples of all the nitty gritty typography conundrums.

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