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View Poll Results: Serif or Sans-Serif Preference?
Serif (with the small finishing strokes) 87 55.41%
Sans-Serif (without the small finishing strokes) 50 31.85%
Don't Care / Don't Notice 20 12.74%
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #16
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I've always been partial to serifs.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:57 PM   #17
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I use the condensed font type on my K3.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:05 PM   #18
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I use the condensed font type on my K3.
..which is a serif font.
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:50 PM   #19
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:23 PM   #20
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I prefer a serif font, but not one with excessively thin "knife edge" serifs. Also, I prefer a font that is not highly stressed (large difference between the thick and thin strokes), whether serif or sans serif.

On modest resolution displays (e.g. current eink displays like my Kindle) an unstressed serif font (again, like my Kindle's "regular" and "condensed" fonts) works very well, IMHO.
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..which is a serif font.
I didnt know that thanx. Now I can vote in the poll!
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:13 PM   #22
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Serif, no matter what the medium, unless there's some compelling reason for sans-serif. But I have an old-school journalism background and am used to seeing nothing but newspaper type . . .
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #23
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Serif for e-ink ereaders, sans-serif for LCD/backlit ereaders and screens. Not sure why I make those distinctions. The article was interesting though, thanks.
I do the same. I like the serif font on my Kindle, but prefer sans-serif on my desktop. For some reason serif is just harder to read on an LCD.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:58 PM   #24
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I do the same. I like the serif font on my Kindle, but prefer sans-serif on my desktop. For some reason serif is just harder to read on an LCD.
+1. I tried changing my browser to a serif font, and it was a similar experience to changing my kindle to sans-serif. Maybe it has to do with pixel density, or backlight effect?
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+1. I tried changing my browser to a serif font, and it was a similar experience to changing my kindle to sans-serif. Maybe it has to do with pixel density, or backlight effect?
The actual font itself is also very important. The OP link is really cool, if you haven't had a chance to read it, and explains white space density and letter height and so forth all of which can be done "right" or "wrong" in either serif/sans-serif formats. So it's possible that there's more at stake than just the serifiness.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:20 AM   #27
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I voted sans-serif - but I use Amasis on the nook. I don't think it's the serif-ness so much as the thickness and such. Light Classic is too squeezed together and light/non-contrasty for me - I'd use Helvetica New over it, which is a sans-serif cont.

But Helvetica New is too big - there's less words on the page. I like something contrasty (a little thick and nice and dark) but not too wide (less words on page).

I don't read on my NC much...on the Nook app I prefer Amasis also - but I like AscenderSans a lot also.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:34 AM   #28
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Serif for e-ink ereaders, sans-serif for LCD/backlit ereaders and screens. Not sure why I make those distinctions.
Same here.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:08 AM   #29
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sans. whenever possible.

i guess it comes from years of staring at the intarwebz ... i bet if you asked me 15 years ago, i would have said serif.
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There are raging arguments on which is 'better' for speed and comprehension. It's not been definitively proven one way or the other. Here's both sides of the argument, if you're interested:

http://alexpoole.info/which-are-more...erif-typefaces

Personally, I prefer serif when I'm reading large amounts of text.
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