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Kindle Vs. Iliad: Native text

November 8th, 2008 by Noam Berg
Comparison: full image

Detail shot: iLiad on top, Kindle on the bottom. I think we have a clear winner here folks.

For the record: The Kindle’s default typeface, as mentioned previously in this blog, is Caecilia. The iLiad’s font is a bit ambiguous: from what I’ve read online, it’s either Bitstream Vera Sans or DejaVu Sans. DejaVu is really just an extension of Bitstream Vera, so it doesn’t matter that much which if them is the actual thing. Bitstream Vera was designed by Jim Lyles, and is very similar to an earlier Bitstream design of his: Prima. Interestingly, when I ran a sample through’s WhatTheFont typeface identifier, the colsest result was in fact Prima Sans.

Both Vera and Dejavu are open-source projects. Wikipedia says DejaVu family is being used a lot as the default typefaces on Linux systems.

Posted in Design, eBooks, ePaper, technology, Thesis, Typography

One Response

  1. Daddy

    For me another plus for the Iliad is the larger screen size.

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Noam Berg is a graduate Student in the Design and Technology MFA program at Parsons School for Design in New York City. He is also the (debatably) creative force behind Exfish Studio. Noam is obsessed with old vacuum tubes, type design, computers, guitars and comic books. Noam likes Thai sweet chili sauce, hats, suits & ties, Wacom tablets, Japanese green tea (with the toasted rice), nerdy science girls, many varieties of music, SLR cameras, AnarchoJudaism, lithography and pocket watches. Noam's not a big fan of cell phones, the cool kids, ugly and over-used fonts (you know who you are!) and talking about himself in the third person. Seriously, this is really weird. I'm gonna stop doing it now.