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Maggot Moon E-book Contains Features for Dyslexic Readers

February 20, 2013

The newest novel by author Sally Gardner stars a young dyslexic boy named Standish. Candlewick Press released the book in both hardcover and e-book formats on February 12, 2013. The designers behind the Maggot Moon e-book implemented features especially for dyslexic readers. For instance, some of the pages includes text that moves around.

The writing itself will be showcased in a “dyslexic-friendly font.” In an interview, Gardner gave an explanation on what readers can expect when reading the digital book: “Take the letter ‘b.’ A ‘b’ flips to ‘d’ in my head all the time. So a dyslexic-friendly font puts the weight of b where it should sit on the page. It’s thicker in the round of the ‘b,’ so visually, it helps prevent me from twisting the b to the d. It looks a bit like comic sans but it’s fairly subtle. I work with it all the time because it stops the letters from bouncing.” More at Publishers Weekly▸▸

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