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FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989

By FSI FontShop International GmbH

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Since 1989, the FontBook™ Editorial Staff has been the definitive authority on documenting and comparing commercial typefaces. In addition to researching the typographic works of past decades, the editors also keep abreast of new releases, which are now regularly added to the FontBook App in real-time via over-the-air updates, starting in 2011. The printed version of the FontBook was published in several editions from 1989 through 2006.

As winner of many prestigious awards* from around the world, FontBook App documents the libraries of 134 international type foundries who publish the works of 1660 type designers – covering 36,734 typefaces from 8038 font families (status: December 2012). The app presents the extensive content in over 730,000 typeface samples which can be intuitively spread out, searched, layered, moved, scrolled and combined like a collection of maps. While the iPad version is designed as an invitation to browse and play, its new iPhone incarnation is equipped with new filters, searches and lists, putting more focus on its practical use.

Five gateways invite you to delve into the world of typography visually, i.e. by Class, Foundry, Designer, Year or Name. A quick text search takes you directly to the font families, foundries or designers that you’re looking for. As of version 2.0, the app also features specially curated Font Lists which help you to search for fonts by practical and stylistic criteria, for example by use-case, genre, stylistic period, similarity or popularity.

On the iPad version only: Two types of bookmarks serve as helpful tools for compiling lists of favorite fonts and / or comparing your chosen typefaces using customizable sample words and colored backgrounds. You can also share FontBook samples by posting them to Twitter or Facebook directly from the app, or by mailing them or saving them to your personal photo album.

On the iPhone version only: New additional search filters for class, foundry, designer and design year. Search results now appear as a list-view, and you can now define your own layout-text for the list-view.


* Apple iTunes Rewind, Top App ›Reference‹ (2011),Communication Arts “Best Interactive of the Year” (2012), TDC award “Communication Design” (2012), Communication Arts “Best Typography of the Year” (2012), Red Dot Award Communication Design Grand Prix (2012).

What's New in Version 3.0.5

1. Improved rendering of special characters
2. “Cancel Search” button added (iPhone only)
3. Support for iOS 7
4. Minor bug fixes
5. New app icon


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Customer Reviews

No customizable sample text

I love to have this many fonts to look for when I need something. But the looking for fonts and the trying out fonts in form of one line sample text is restricted to the tiny screen of an iPhone. Why are these features not available for the iPad? When will this feature be available.

Was hoping that version 4 would solve this.

A designer must have

Valuable to designers of all stripes. Have owned this from the very start. Was 5 stars, minus one star for the new app icon. Makes no sense. Bring back the original.

No Customizable Text?

I foolishly assumed this app would allow previews of user-defined text (like the iPhone version). But this feature is completely missing.

Buyers beware!!!

FontBook™ – The Original Typeface Compendium, est. 1989
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2013
  • Version: 3.0.5
  • Size: 118 MB
  • Languages: English, German
  • Seller: FSI FontShop International GmbH

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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