A font you set up in an e-reading app can be as addictive as a smell of a print book. You just can’t imagine you can read a book without it.
For some time I’ve used Kindle Touch, but I also set up Caecilia as a default font on my iPhone’s Kindle app, which I use since 2009. Caecilia is just a beautiful font, isn’t it? If a digital reader is given freedom of personalization, why not sticking to what you think fits you best.
Recently I switched from Kindle, but wanted to keep the font. PMN Caecilia was designed by Peter Matthias Noordzij and published by Linotype in 2000. You can find it on several professional font sites – and it’s paid.
On MyFonts, where I have an account, PMN Caecilia – just one version – costs $35. Ooops. But luckily, there is a very similar font there, called Sanchez. It was released in 2011, and I actually think it’s nicer than Caecilia. Also, Sanchez Regular, the version which is closest to Caecilia, is free to use, so the only cost you’ll have is the effort of signing up to MyFonts.
Here is a quick look at the fonts (click to enlarge):
I switched from Kindle to Google Play Books, because the latter app has one feature Kindle is missing: instant translation. To get the same look I convert the ebook via Calibre, where I added Sanchez to font panel and set it up as a default font for epub format.
The effect is as below:
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