Bookmania font family
Designed by Mark Simonson in 2011
be installed on a computer for
use with applications.
Licensed per computer.
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for a set number of page views with
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a server and e.g. used by automated
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number of monthly page views
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language support of the font.
the font: W1G (98 languages),
COM (56 languages),
PRO (33 languages) or
STD (21 languages).
available in. These differ in contained
characters and file size. You get all
available versions with your license.
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Bookmania: a revival of Bookman OldstyleBookmania is how Mark Simonson calls his revival of the familiar Bookman Oldstyle. It represents a return to the roots of this historic font, but also creates a technically modern and well-equipped interpretation of the popular font.
When Mark Simonson created a customer font on the basis of old Bookman forms some 20 years later, it occurred to him to revive the font. The aim of this undertaking was not simply to digitalise a historical version. He wanted to bring together the most beautiful variants of the font, redraw and refine its characters and, above all, collect the many swash variants and add more. Furthermore, the new font was also to benefit from a significantly expanded character set. Bookmania was born.
Bookmania’s forms are based on Baroque Antiqua. They display the typical contrast in weights and the serifs join the main stroke with a pronounced curve. Although Simonson has tended to use the display sizes as the model for Bookmania, the font can also be optimally used in small font sizes – here the generous x-height supports legibility.
Moreover, via the format sets of the OpenType font, some alternative character forms, such as a “a” in closed form, a “g” in single counter form or an “e” with a diagonal stroke are available. A modified $ sign or an especially swooping "&” are also available.
With great enthusiasm, Simonson has collected historical swash variants of the characters and drawn new ones. Thus, for uppercase and lowercase characters he has created a total of 682 alternative characters with generous, sweeping curves. As numerous versions are generally available for each character, Bookmania can be adapted perfectly to any context.
Along with the swash variants, various numeral sets with lowercase and uppercase numerals are integrated for use in proportional and aligned settings. Small caps, of course with swash variants, and numerous ligatures are provided. For these character combinations too, Simonson has again designed some particularly attractive swash alternatives, for example several “Th” versions. A final, unusual distinctive feature of Bookmania are the common case caps, which offer uppercase characters with vowels in the form of small letters.
Bookmania is available in five weights ranging from Light to Black, each with its matching set of italics. The forms of the italic weights are also based on the historical Bookman Oldstyle and include matching oblique characters. As the above-mentioned alternative character forms are also available as italics, for example the “a” in closed form or “g” in single-counter form can be used in the italics set, if needed.
Bookmania is a versatile font, which can be used both in the spheres of text and display thanks to its various weights. Its greatest strength are the very many swash characters with which you can not only create a varied typeface, but also score points in headlines or logos.