Schoolbook Typography

typocrates's picture

You can download (in PDF) the books for elementary http://pi-schools.sch.gr/dimotiko/ and middle http://pi-schools.sch.gr/gymnasio/ school that are used in Greece (for students and teachers).

I am neither a type designer nor a typographer, but I think that the typography of almost every book there is horrible; a collage of bad advertising, Post-it notes and text "enriched" with some cacographic fonts bundled in book format. There are a few publishers responsible for the typesetting, so the quality is not uniform.

In Greece, sloppiness is the ruling phenomenon. What happens to other countries?

dezcom's picture

Τυποκράτης,
The downloads are slow from your link so it his hard to get a fair viewing, Children's books in the USA run the gamut from outstanding to terrible. You can check Amazon who has a textbook section as well as searching for children's books and judge for yourself.

http://www.amazon.com/

I attended Greek School here in America as a child and remeber the books being of poor quality. I presume thiswas just what was available in the U.S. at the time (1948-1956).

ChrisL

typocrates's picture

I am downloading without problem from the site. You could try these two alternative sites:

(1)
http://pi-schools.thess.sch.gr/dimotiko/
http://pi-schools.thess.sch.gr/gymnasio/

(2)
http://pi-schools.ach.sch.gr/dimotiko/
http://pi-schools.ach.sch.gr/gymnasio/

I thought that every state has different books in the US. I will give a look at Amazon.com as well. My feeling is that schoolbooks are getting worse.

dezcom's picture

Yes, every State has chosen their own books but often they choose the same books because publishers do not make many different ones. There are perhaps 5 to choose from per grade. Sometimes only 3 because the ones with greatest use are cheapest so schools pick the cheapest.

ChrisL

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