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Business A love for reading depends severely on one physical condition – how healthy are your eyes? If you have a history of eye trouble, your love for reading may well precipitate a whole mass of problems. Most people who love reading are seen with thick lenses on their spectacles… unless, of course, they have chosen LASIK or contact lenses. With eyes already somewhat strained, doctors often advise against reading fine print. In fact even without a doctor’s advice, reading fine print often gets avoided because it is downright painful. The needs of weak-sighted people are directly opposed to the needs of a dwindling publishing industry. While one group needs large print, the other prefers to sell as many copies as possible for the same sum of money – hence, the cost of material begins to make a significant difference. Due to the growing number of people looking for large-print books, a compromise has been reached. Large print editions of many best-selling books are available with publishers, at a price that is only slightly higher than the regular edition’s. This small extra expense is undoubtedly worthwhile for the readers, who get to read books for longer hours, and find their eyes less tired at the end of the day. Large print was born when Frederick Thorpe in 1964 decided that he wanted to do some elderly people a favour. He reprinted certain classic texts, in a font that was twice the size of the normal, and in a physical book that was also twice the size of the original. Once he realised that the large page size made books unwieldy for the elderly people, he opted to print in the Ulysses font(size 16), and retained the original binding size of the volumes. He retained his original colour-coding scheme, which was to bind all books in plain dustjackets, and group them by genre according to binding colour. Today, large print is all the more necessary because the print industry is under threat by e-publishing. While the size of text can be easily changed on a computer or eBook reader, it is only the print industry where this degree of on-the-spot customisation is missing. There are a number of publishers who are trying to provide the highest possible customisation levels. One of them actually asks customers to specify a font size – between 11pt and 28pt – and then delivers prints accordingly. This way, readers can avoid the small print – literal and figurative – that comes attached with reading books in the digital age. Large prints are made for anyone who may have difficulty reading normal print. If you pick up your child’s book and find it easier to read than the latest novel, it is probably time you considered switching to these. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: