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Old 06-24-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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In this first post are all the fonts with semi-bold varieties that I tested.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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In this second post, are the fonts WITHOUT semi-bold varieties that I tested. Some, like Volk, and NimbusMod, while not technically semibold, are, for all intents and purposes.
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New Screenshots posted 6/27.

FedraSerifA is probably a bit better suited to e-reading than FedraSerifB, as it has slightly less contrast (between thin strokes and dark strokes), with larger x height and smaller ascenders/descenders. It's a similar slab serif font to Caecilia. The medium is a bit bolder.

Rockwell is another font very similar to Caecilia.


I think people get caught up in how "pretty" a font, when, in reality, much more important (unless you are printing high resolution images), is how readable, and how much/little the font contributes to screen fatigue.

I believe that Caecilia, FedraSerifA and Rockwell are the best options right now, for e-reading. I like LexiaDaMa as well but there is no medium font weight and the regular weight is a bit less bold that I like.

Fontin is a nice font, but, again, for purposes of ereading it is too high in contrast (not a good thing...counter-intuitive...as from what little I understand, the contrast, as it pertains to fonts, is the difference in thickness between the thicker and thinner strokes on a letter...look at a lower case "r" for example), and isn't quite thick/bold/chunky enough to make it easy to read without fatigue, for long periods, especially at smaller sizes.
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The screenshot with the file name Vollkorn-Regular, it looks like slab serif? Vollkorn has a more 'classic' serif appearance.
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Not sure what to tell you. That's Vollkorn.

Edited to add. I just checked and it is the same font. Vollkorn. You sure you aren't thinking of another font? Can anyone else (more familiar with the font) confirm?

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To be honest, your Vollkorn screenshot looks just like your screenshot for CaeciliaLTStd-Bold. This is my screenshot of Vollkorn:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/att...8&d=1308836586

EDIT: Yet your two screenshots aren't exactly the same as the Caecilia and Vollkorn screenshots are one minute apart.

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Not sure what to say. Your screen shot and mine look pretty much the same.
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You were right. I screwed up. Re-uploading the Vollkorn one now.

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Wow. I thought this thread would get much more activity than it has gotten.
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Wow. I thought this thread would get much more activity than it has gotten.
Should have put it in the General section as it really does pertain to more then just Sony Readers. Ask a moderator to move it.
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LexiaDaMa & Cecillia look like I'm reading a Kindle and I never liked the font Amazon chose.

Droid is also a pretty awful font. I know it's free. But blah!

I do happen to like Charis SIL.

Joanna has a way way too large line height. I know it can be overridden in CSS. But it's still not a good font to read with.

Cantoni and any other sans-serif font have to go. They don't work as a body font.

MinionPro is pretty good. The rest are just so-so.
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