These are the first fonts I designed to specifically work for book design. The Contenu eBook family was added a couple of years later to solve the problems unique to ePUB design where OpenType features are not possible yet, where kerning or tracking is not working yet, and you are stuck with whatever is available within the 256-character limits of ASCII. The ebook family is also saved in TTF because that works better for the format also.
Contenu Book Display was a very popular free font on MyFonts for a time. The elegance of the letterforms creates exceptional titles and heads. The lack of assertiveness distracts some designers—a blessing in my world of book design.
The group works for old-fashioned, nostalgic content
I have loved these families since the moment I created them while writing various Practical Font Design books. They have a uniform small x-height with a oldstyle feel. The consistent feel reflects my style at the time. The books produced are comfortable, easy to read, and transparent to the reader. This reflects the true nature of book typography.
A zipped archive with : Nine Contenu fonts, four ContenuE fonts, & four Buddy fonts—plus a PDF of the Contenu Specimen booklet