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Old 06-02-2010, 06:07 PM   #1
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Good, free fonts to use in an ebook

Pocketbook readers have the lovely trait of allowing users to install their own fonts and use them for both FBReader (natively) and ADE (through a hack). However, being no typographist myself, I'd like to inquire about what fonts you use for your reading. In the selfish side, that would allow me to find a handsome font for my reader, and thinking less egocentrically (a hard thing for moi ), this could even work as a recopilatory of good free fonts for everyone to use.

What are the free fonts you like best?

Thanks in advance ^^
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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I use Arial, which is a Helvetica clone that comes free with Windows.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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Google released 18 free, open source webfonts - http://code.google.com/webfonts
They mention you can download them as well, but I don't see them:
http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2010/...ogle-font.html
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Since all the fonts are open source, you can use them any way you like. We also have a separate project hosted on Google Code for downloading the original font files. Since they’re open source, they can be used for just about any purpose, including for print
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:35 PM   #4
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The Droid family is very nice. I also quite like Gentium.

See this thread for a few more suggestions.
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:41 AM   #5
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Never mind.

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:32 AM   #6
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Google released 18 free, open source webfonts - http://code.google.com/webfonts
They mention you can download them as well, but I don't see them:
http://googlecode.blogspot.com/2010/...ogle-font.html
http://code.google.com/p/googlefontd...ce/browse/#hg/

Select the font, click the ttf file, then click view raw file on the bottom right.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:36 AM   #7
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Personally, I do like Fontin for use on an eink screen.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:46 AM   #8
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Personally, I do like Fontin for use on an eink screen.
I agree, a very nice one.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:51 AM   #9
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I like Georgia ....
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:05 AM   #10
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Windows comes with a large assortment of TrueType fonts. Skewed a bit much towards the sans serif side but still pretty good.
My font of choice (despite trying Droid, Gentium, and most of the others suggested around here) remains Georgia. It's simply a wee bit darker than the others especially at the size I prefer.
For the PB360 interface font I favor Century Schoolbook and Lucida.
Just a tad taller at a given font size and since I favor the "Easy" bookshelf view on the PB360, they make the listings even clearer than other fonts.
Don't know how easy it is to get these days, but the old-time BITSTREAM TRUETYPE FONT PACK CD had a lot of premium-quality fonts for US$20 in the Win95 days. I found mine the other day and I spent a few hours checking out the various serif fonts in the deal. Lots of nice ones.
But I still ended up back with Georgia.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:04 PM   #11
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I like Georgia ....
I use Georgia as my main font, Calibri (a sans-serif font) for headings, and Cumberland (a fixed font) for printed text (like in written letters within the story).
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:24 AM   #12
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I don't know yet (should get a PB 360 soon).

But there are a lot of (free) fonts on this site:

http://www.abstractfonts.com/
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:28 AM   #13
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I like Georgia ....
Yes, Georgia is also a nice font to use.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:31 PM   #14
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I like/use Comic Sans MS, which I got from Windows. I also like Andika, which is a font specifically designed for literacy. Very readable.

I just like sans serif fonts - easier on my eyes.

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