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Okay, say I want to purchase a classic typeface like Perpetua (Eric Gill). I would want the Open-type version with the text figures, small caps, etc. (The regular version came/comes with MS.) Where would I buy it?
It's originally a Monotype face. On their website, you can pay $99 for seven fonts, including 3 weights of titling. But do these fonts have the text figures and small caps? Their website is a bit confusing, and doesn't convince me...
At Myfonts, you can pay $99 for four fonts from Adobe. Of course one could go directly to Adobe for the same thing. Is this the same font software as from Monotype, with just a different name, and without the titling fonts? And why or why not purchase from one or the other? Support Myfonts? or cut out the "middleman"?
Then, Linotype is selling a 7-font package for $246. This looks like the same package that Monotype has, but for more than double the price. Is it? Or is this the version with the small caps etc? Then maybe the Monotype version is the plain jane version?
I'm sure many other vendors are selling Perpetua, at different prices, maybe different versions--Fontshop, ITC, oh wait, ITC is Monotype, uh ... or no, "powered by Monotype Imaging", whatever that means.
It's a bit confusing out there in the online font marketplace. I'd appreciate the guidance from some experienced font-buyers here. (Or maybe there's a good thread on this already?)