Volume: 344 pages with over 500 mostly colored illustrations and 137 explanatory examples
Format: 21 × 29,7 cm
Price: 39.80 

Typography is not art. Typography is not science. Typography is craft. And typography is there for the reader, not for the designer. These are the premises on which this standard work of book design is based. A solid foundation for your own creative path.

And this foundation is in demand as never before, because despite all print-is-dead doom calls, the printed book seems to have risen from the dead.
Based on centuries of tradition, today's book designers are building new bibliophile declarations of love for reading and the reader. The digital competition has sparked a renaissance of the beautiful book.

Anyone who wants to reinterpret classical craftsmanship in pointed detail must deal with it. He has to know the rules before breaking them. Hans Peter Willberg and Friedrich Forssman have created a basic work of typographic craft with the reading typography, which quickly became the standard work of book design and was »obstetrician« of many excellent books. The future of the book ... is beautiful!

The art of creating beautiful books builds on a centuries-old tradition. It focuses on the one for whom the book is being made: the reader.

To design and equipment
For four editions, reading typography has become a standard reference work for lecturers, students and practitioners. In grateful remembrance of the great teacher Hans Peter Willberg, a few years ago we opted for a reasonably priced softcover edition in order to make the craft knowledge that Willberg and Forssman collected available to a broader public.


Verlag Hermann Schmidt

Format in cm (w × h × d)

21 × 29,7 cm


344 pages with over 500 mostly colored illustrations and 137 explanatory examples




5th edition


Thread-stitched flexcover