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Old 11-04-2007, 10:23 AM   #1
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Some freely available high quality fonts to use with the Cybook

For those of you who want more of a choice which font to use. I haven't tested these fonts with the Cybook as I don't have one yet, but I know that they are of high quality and the Cybook's DPI should be high enough to render them nicely:

URW fonts (especially Garamond No8 and URW Palladio [Palatino clone])
Bitstream Vera family (also suited for low resolutions)

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Old 11-04-2007, 08:47 PM   #2
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This is an important issue. I as a book creator need to have an idea what files are typical on a Bookeen. Perhaps mobileread can put together a package zip of free fonts containing a good variety of fonts for general use. It's doubtful that people are going to want to download individual fonts depending on the book.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
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I'd recommend the liberation fonts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_fonts
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:58 AM   #4
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I'd recommend the liberation fonts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_fonts
They work fine; I'm now using Liberation Sans, which is slightly thinner than the standard Verdana. I find sans serif fonts somewhat easier on the eyes on the Cybook than serif ones, but YMMV.

I did need to delete the font cache (system/font-cache-1 or something close to that) for the new fonts to show up, though. But again, YMMV; installing another font worked fine without doing that.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
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I just found this:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007...sional-design/
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Nice find, jbenny! Gentium, Cardo and Day Roman look very usable to me, I still prefer Garamond No8 though.

Here's another nice one (without an italic version though): Vollkorn
Does the Cybook support OpenType?

And: Linux Libertine

As soon as I have a Cybook (next month) I'll do some testing with various fonts.

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Old 11-10-2007, 04:36 PM   #7
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Nice find, jbenny! Gentium, Cardo and Day Roman look very usable to me, I still prefer Garamond No8 though.

Here's another nice one (without an italic version though): Vollkorn
Does the Cybook support OpenType?

And: Linux Libertine

As soon as I have a Cybook (next month) I'll do some testing with various fonts.
Some folks here have said that they used TrueType fonts. Someone with a Cybook will have to try OpenType and report back. Again, if the Cybook is going to support epub, they will have to support OpenType.
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Some folks here have said that they used TrueType fonts. Someone with a Cybook will have to try OpenType and report back.
OpenType fonts work fine. I have installed a number of them, and they all work.
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:58 PM   #9
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The DejaVu fonts are based on the Bitstream Vera Fonts, but covers a larger number of languages. Its Unicode coverage is still far from complete though, Wikipedia: Unicode typefaces says that DejaVu has about 5,000 characters compared to about 39,000 in Arial Unicode MS.
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A very good alternative to Times: Lido STF (free for personal use, registration required)
Unfortunately, the line spacing on the Cybook is a bit too narrow for my taste with this font. Maybe this will be adjustable in the future.

EDIT: It is, kind of: How to change the line spacing of a font

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