Friday, February 22, 2013

Custom fonts on the Kindle Paperwhite!

This is so great! When the Kindle Paperwhite came out we finally had a Kindle with more than one font. But lo... Amazon's choices of fonts were so anaemic that in reality we only really still had one or two fonts which were really good on the smallish BW screen. Sadness.

But now I found this tip about how to install custom fonts, hurrah!

No hacking necessary, and it is not too complicated, went smoothly for me.
For the USE_ALT_FONTS file, I just made a text editor document with a single space character in it, and named it thus.
I found fonts in the library/fonts folder both in my own user folder on my Mac, and in the root library folder. (I don't know what determines where they are installed.) It seemed that any format worked.


So apart from my favorite screen fonts like Georgia and Verdana, I of course couldn't resist installing some crazy fonts, just to show you and myself that it really worked! Here we go:

Font: Insolente
Isn't this great? It's one I found recently,
the best handwriting font I've seen. 
(all pics are clickable)
Font: Moderna

 Font: Codex

Thyme Sans

Sister Frisky


Ain't technology great!?

7 comments:

Len Edgerly said...

Very cool. I look forward to checking this out!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

No hacking necessary, and it is not too complicated, went smoothly for me.

For the USE_ALT_FONTS file, I just made a text editor document with a single space character in it, and named it thus.

I found fonts in the library/fonts folder both in my own user folder on my Mac, and in the root library folder. (I don't know what determines where they are installed.)

Stunatra said...

Where did you put this file? Because it isn't working for me.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Just right at the top in the Kindle. (At "root".)

But: it only works on the Paperwhite, I think, not the regular Kindle.

Ada Wang said...

Thanks very much. Your screenshots are awesome!!

Well, from the technical perspective, I would recommend this similar post.
http://www.epubor.com/how-to-add-fonts-to-kindle-paperwhite.html

Hope you guys will find it work.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thank you, Ada.
Does it have any specific information which was lacking?

I'm glad you visited. Find more at:
http://eolake.com

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Ada, do you have a particular favorite font for screen reading?