Books by Glenn

Since the mid-1990s, I’ve written, co-written, and edited many books, some across several editions. The following are currently available for purchase. (For details about Aperiodical LLC, read this page.)

Six Centuries of Type & Printing

A mockup of the print edition’s cover

A mockup of the print edition’s cover

If you ever wondered how the craft of printing was invented and how it evolved, this book answers that question and many others. Starting with Gutenberg, Six Centuries of Type and Printing traces the development of type design, type manufacture, presses, and printing through the present digital era with many stops along the way. The book explains how many aspects of printing and type remain the same, despite a shift from metal to photography to bits, across almost six centuries of constant improvement.

The ebook edition is currently available. You can also pre-order the letterpress edition, which will be set in Monotype hot-metal composition type, printed in London, and bound in Germany. It’s due to ship by January 2020.


The hand-bound letterpress edition

The hand-bound letterpress edition

Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It

A limited number of author’s proofs of Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It printed by the author on letterpress remain available. This book is a collection of six researched and reported articles and essays about type, printing, and language: the history of SHOUTING WITH CAPITALS, Google’s effort to make a font with all the scripts of all the languages in the world, archiving a Web site for 10,000 years, and more. Beautifully handbound by an artisan bookbinder, this edition is in limited supply. Read more, see pictures, and purchase the letterpress edition.

An ebook edition is also available with four additional article that include a look at Walt Whitman’s history as a printer and how letterpress printing has come back from the dead, and more. Read more and purchase the ebook.


Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad (iOS 13.1 and iPad OS 13.1)

New! Sept. 19, 2019

This book covers a huge range of common setup and routine usage issues, with illustrated step-by-step instructions for carrying out these tasks. The book offers insight into what information you may unintentionally expose about yourself, and how to prevent Apple and third parties from gaining access to your details. It also walks you through security scenarios from securing your data in transit to connecting to a secure Wi-Fi network to recovering or erasing a lost phone. Fully updated for iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1. Read more and purchase a copy.


Sold out in print. Ebook available!

Sold out in print. Ebook available!

London Kerning: TypographiC Perambulations around a City That Remembers

London has long been a place where type design and graphic design coalesced, and where the machinery of making fonts and the people with an eye to create them intermingled. London Kerning (76 pages, Feb. 2018) captures a slice of both the contemporary part of it and its history, especially regarding type designer Berthold Wolpe.

Find out more about the book here, or download an excerpt.

The ebook edition remains available, although the print edition is sold out.


Other Titles

I have several active titles in the Take Control series of ebooks, all updated in September and October 2019:

  • Take Control of Your Apple ID. Are you trying to use two-factor authentication with your Apple account, set it up on a new device, or split iCloud sync and purchases between two accounts? Are you about to move to another country or have lost access to your account entirely? Take Control of Your Apple ID offers detailed advice on managing account securing, working with Apple ID limitations, and troubleshooting a large array of common problems.

  • Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security. Setting up and securing a Wi-Fi network can be complicated and confusing. This book helps you over every hurdle involved in picking gateways, setting up a network, adding devices, and securing the network and connected phones, tablets, and computers. It’s useful for those who have set up networks in the past and want to replace them with new gear, as well as people who have never built a Wi-Fi network before.

  • Take Control of Slack. Slack has become a widely used part of office and social team messaging, used in Fortune 500 companies and by parents of kids in a soccer team together. My book offers detailed advice on how to get the most out of Slack, and particularly how to keep Slack from taking over your life—especially by controlling how it issues notifications.


The Magazine: The Book (Year One)

We collected a few dozen of the features that appeared in the first year of The Magazine into a hardcover book and a longer ebook edition. The ebook edition is now available free, and a few copies remain available of the hardcover edition.

The Magazine: Complete Archives (2012–2014)

The Magazine published nearly 300 non-fiction stories across its 28 months in existence as a fortnightly electronic periodical. We produced 58 issues from October 2012 to December 2014 —over 500,000 words from 150 authors. This entire body of commissioned work has now been put into a high-quality, DRM-free ebook. Purchase your copy now!


Past works by Glenn include:

  • Take Control of Slack Basics and Take Control of Slack Admin

  • Take Control of BBEdit, Take Control of Wi-Fi Security, and other titles

  • The Wireless Networking Starter Kit (two editions)

  • Five-Star Apps

  • Real World Scanning and Halftones (managing editor, first edition; principal writer, second edition; editor, third edition)

  • Real World Adobe GoLive (three editions)

  • A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy, & Security (for iOS 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12)