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Old 07-12-2011, 12:32 AM   #1
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Caecilia font on the Kobo Touch and the Kindle 3

Kindles use what appears to be a slightly modified version of the Caecilia font. Because my eyes are not as young as they once were, I modify my mobi files to display the text in all bold on my Kindle 3. I wanted to see how this looked on the Kobo Touch and started out using Lexia DaMa Bold. It is a bit different from Caecilia, but close. Tonight I was able to locate PMN Caecilia 85 Heavy (http://fontpark.net/en/search/Caecilia/1/), which is closer to the Kindle Caecilia and bolder than Lexia DaMa. I installed this font on my Kobo Touch and it is very close to the bolded Caecilia that is displayed on my Kindle 3. Check out the photos below.

This is the closest I can come to showing a comparison of nearly the same fonts on both readers under the exact same lighting and as close as I could manage to attaining the same font sizes. The two readers are very close in how they render the text. However, I think the Kindle 3 does a better job of rendering the text as it definitely appears a bit darker in real life and it is certainly much more consistent across the screen. That is, the Kobo Touch tends to render text lighter in random areas of the screen than in others. I don't notice that with the Kindle.

Though the Kindle 3 currently has the edge with this particular font, I still think the Kobo Touch has potential as text rendering can be enhanced through firmware changes and Kobo seems willing to make improvements.

Two caveats about using PMN Caecilia 85 Heavy on the Kobo Touch. One, it is bolded normal text only--no bolded italics. Two, it doesn't render well in kePubs, it only renders as shown in the photos in sideloaded ePubs. Great frustration there as kePubs seem to have lots of issues currently.

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Any luck geting the sans serif version of the same font?
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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The Kindle actually uses different fonts for serif and sans serif. I'm not sure what font they use for the sans serif. I do like it though.
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I like the Kindles sans serif font. So far the closest I could come to it on KT is
Arial Rounded MT Bold.

However the kindle font is slightly taller then this.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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You might browse through the FontPark website I linked to above. They have a lot of free fonts. I haven't had time to just browsw through it yet, but it is on my list of things to do.
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how is the search function?
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Why is the underlined text on the Kobo lighter then the non-underlined text?
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Why is the underlined text on the Kobo lighter then the non-underlined text?
The underlined text may be hyperlinks. If Kobo styling is OFF hyperlinks are displayed in light gray.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:19 PM   #9
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That's correct it is hyperlinked text. For some strange reason the creator of this book decided to use a couple of words from each citation to link it to endnotes. Most sane people would use an endnote number at the end of the citation.
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how is the search function?
At the FontPack website? Or on the Kobo Touch? It works well on the FontPack website. Unfortunately the Kobo Touch currently has no search function within books, though I understand that they plan to add one. I hope so as it needs it!
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To be honest, I can't see any difference between the two. They look the same after adjusting for the slight difference in lighting and converting to grayscale to remove the minor colour cast in the K3 pic.
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I believe the Kindle sans serif is Helvetica Neue, same as Nook. Though again, Kindle may be using 'Medium' rather than 'Regular'.

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I believe the Kindle sans serif is Helvetica Neue, same as Nook. Though again, Kindle may be using 'Medium' rather than 'Regular'.
You are correct tomsem, and yes it is medium. Thank you.
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