Typeface with Venetian/Aldine or Mannerist forms but looks good on screen

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Yan Zhou's picture
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Typeface with Venetian/Aldine or Mannerist forms but looks good on screen
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I am working on some eBooks for classic text, in PDF format. I like faces such as Arno, Minion, Aldus, Jenson. But the problem is that none of them looks good on screen. Take Arno for example, even with my 900 degree short-sighted eyes, on a 264 DPI iPad screen, I can see the pixels on the edges of serifs, if I look hard. And even at a reading distance, those pixels are quite perceptible.

I know that there are fonts designed specially for low resolution mediums with more robust forms. Yet, I like Renaissance letters too much. And actually, when I give my GF, who I am making the book for, a dozen sample texts of faces to pick which she liked, including likes of those mentioned above, as well as Baroque letters such as Caslon, Adobe Text, and more recent designs such as Chaparral, and a few others, all considered by myself fine faces, she picked every Aldine/Venetian letters, either directly revival such as Jenson, near relative such as Garamond, or those inspired by Mannerist forms such as Aldus, and left out everyone else. This is much to my delight and surprise (she had no typography knowledge at all, and can't tell the difference between Times and Utopia if I asked.)

So the quest remains to me to find a face with the same elegant humanist forms yet looks better on screen. One that I am considering purchasing is Iowan Old Style. Does anyone has anything else to suggest?

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Maybe Vendetta (medium weight) by John Downer from Emigre?