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Not sure where the best place to ask is, but I need some help.
I'm a great lover of Baskerville (Storm's is the best, though I like Baskerville Classico as well...even though the italic version is a bit wonky in places), and I also just recently fell in love with Dutch Type Library's Elzevir font.
I am particularly looking for a transitional font that has an italic with softer contours on letters like "w" and "v".
I've tried ADF's Baskervald, but when printed @ 10pt, there's a lot left to be desired and I there are some kerning issues with the font as well, not to mention it doesn't work with Office 2010 very well (but that's Office's fault really).
I've also tried Linux Libertine, which I like, but the italic version has very sharp angles for the "w" and "v".
The rub is that the font must be free. It's not that I can't afford a really nice font like Storm's Baskerville (which I own), it's that it needs to be distributed for free. I am working on a project where multiple authors will contribute complimentary and secondary works. As such, I want a consistent display format (e.g. font) for all supplentary works, but I can't purchase copies of a font for each author.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The font will be used to create PDF and printed works. Thanks in advance!