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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 05-27-2011, 12:44 PM   #31
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Sans! Serif makes me letter switching happen more often. Sometimes when I'm reading, letters in words switch places and poof you get a new word hahaha. It seems to happen more with the serif fonts.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:54 PM   #32
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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.
This.

Serifs are easier for the eye to follow in print & non-lit screens like e-ink. Sans serif is easier on backlit screens and anything with low resolution; the extra pixels get in the way.

I would probably like a slab serif font on higher-res backlit screens; Rockwell would probably be good.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:05 PM   #33
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I suppose it may have something to do with my age. I'm old enough to have grown up talking about "founts" (English) rather than "fonts" (American). I find sans-serif ugly and unappealing, but unfortunately they are everywhere today. But with electronic media one usually has a choice, so we can all be happy.

I should like to add that I was a fan of the country of San Seriffe.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:09 PM   #34
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Serif for eink. Sans for LCD.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:28 PM   #35
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The sans serif seems darker to me, I like it better.
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:28 PM   #36
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The sans serif seems darker to me, I like it better.
Can you tell, though, if the serifs themselves make a difference? As in, if the serif font were darker, would you like it better still? Do you have a book with some bold text to compare, perhaps?
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I don't know, I can't find a book with bold text so I can compare them. I just like the clean look of the sans serif.
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Sans serif for headlines and advertising; serif for e-ink and printed texts and body copy.

I am quite surprised the research over the years has shown no legibility advantage because for me serif is plainly a more comfortable read. Then again, classic serif fonts are just more elegant. As much as I like sans serif like Frutiger, and find slab serif fonts like Rockwell downright ugly, many of the newer serif fonts like Georgia have reinforced, in my view, the serif legibility and comfort factor.

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I love the Georgia font, I wish I had it on my Kindle. On my K2, I had done the font hack and had mine set to the Georgia font, but I tried to install the font hack on my K3 and almost bricked it so I'm scared to try again.
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As much as I like sans serif like Frutiger, and find slab serif fonts like Rockwell downright ugly, many of the newer serif fonts like Georgia have reinforced, in my view, the serif legibility and comfort factor.
I find Rockwell ugly in print. I like it on low-res screens and for tiny type on the e-ink screen, where the not-slab serifs tend to look blurry at the edges.
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:39 AM   #41
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agree with all those who said that it very much depends on the font - used to be a "Sans" fan, until I discovered Gentium, and more recently Lexia DaMa (a free Caecilia clone), now the standard font on my reader. Both Gentium and Lexia DaMa are Serif, but there are more Sans fonts that I haven't experimented sufficiently and that look beautiful, as e.g. the Ubuntu font family. Some fonts have both a Serif and a Sans serif version, e.g. Droid.
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Paola: Thanks for the link on Gentium ... gorgeous text font ... perfect for rereading Sherlock Holmes!

There's even a download link: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/p...ntium_download
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Question wasn't specific enough. For reading books (including ebooks) I prefer a serif font; on my computer screens for reading emails, web pages and the like, I prefer a sans serif font.
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Question wasn't specific enough. For reading books (including ebooks) I prefer a serif font; on my computer screens for reading emails, web pages and the like, I prefer a sans serif font.
"When reading on an e-Reader, do you prefer Serif or Sans-Serif fonts? "

You need to read the first post...more room for details than the title.
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Paola: Thanks for the link on Gentium ... gorgeous text font ... perfect for rereading Sherlock Holmes!

There's even a download link: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/p...ntium_download
glad you like it: but I got it in turn from Kacir, who has a lot of interesting things to say on fonts (here just one example).
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