Cambria alternativesMonotony can be fatal

It’s coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but a well-de­signed font can have a lot of sub­tle vari­a­tion be­tween let­ters and still look con­sis­tent on the page. The con­verse of this prin­ci­ple is that a font with too much con­sis­tency can be numb­ing to read. Cam­bria is an ex­am­ple of this prob­lem. It works well on screen, but on the printed page, it in­duces headaches. Guardian, Elena, and Char­ter are sim­i­lar to Cam­bria but avoid mo­not­ony. (Char­ter is even avail­able for free.) FF Tisa has a more re­laxed, in­for­mal rhythm.

by the way
  • Source Serif Pro is an­other very good open-source op­tion. It comes in six weights, but doesn’t have ital­ics yet.