How Important Are Fonts and Typography On eReaders?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 8, 2015 // 11 Comments

Digital Book World had an article yesterday on fonts and typography on ereaders. The author was not impressed with the new Bookerly and Literata fonts: Commentators have tossed around celebratory remarks like, “the Kindle finally gets typography that doesn’t suck” and “e-readers rejoice!” [...]

Tips of the day for self-publishers: The 10 commandments of typography

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

One design-oriented set of tips that actually might be quite useful for self-publishers and independent publishing houses is the “10 Commandments of Typography” shared by Yardley, PA, logo and graphic design studio Designmantic. Their visual breakdown of Typography 101 (or in this [...]

Adding Custom Fonts to E-reading apps

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
September 10, 2013 // 7 Comments

Ever found an e-reading app you like, but the font choices drive you crazy? Not all apps support loading your own fonts, but several Android apps do, notably Aldiko, Moon+ Reader and Mantano. Note that iOS users are out of luck, although jailbreaking your device might give you the ability. So how [...]

Fonts and E-Books: Author Madeline Miller is fan of Baskerville

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

Family friends in Edinburgh introduced me to Madeline Miller’s “The Song of Achilles,” and while browsing through the book (on paper, for a change), I came across her concluding text on the book’s font, “A note on the type”: “The text of this book is set in Baskerville, and is named [...]

Should we make e-books harder to read?

By Chris Meadows
February 11, 2012 // 4 Comments

In 2010, I looked at a Princeton study that found using harder-to-read fonts actually improved memory retention. Recently, writer Alan Jacobs at The Atlantic has considered that same study (via the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman) in light of what it might mean for e-readers. Jacobs [...]

Kobo releases firmware update to permit custom fonts, margins and spacing

By Chris Walters
July 8, 2011 // 2 Comments

If you’ve got one of the new Kobo Touches, there’s a new firmware update available that will give you greater control over how pages are displayed on the device. To update, visit and download the most recent Kobo Desktop Software, then connect your Kobo to your PC via the [...]

Change the font on your Kindle without hacking it

By Paul Biba
June 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

That’s the title of an article at Chris Walters’ Booksprung blog.  Here’s a snippet: I finally updated my installation of Calibre the other day and started playing around with the built-in plugin manager under Preferences, and I found out that the Kindle Collections Manager [...]

A typographic checklist

By Paul Biba
May 8, 2011 // 1 Comment

This checklist is from an article in Monotype Imaging’s site.  If you go to the original article you will find links to each item on the list with an explanation of why it is there.  The list was compiled by Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio and a typographic consultant. [...]

Review of the typography of The Daily

By Paul Biba
February 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

We’ve all seen plenty of reviews of The Daily, but how about a review of its typography! As a “font fan” I found this fascinating. Here’s a snippet: … While the content is on the lighter side, the design isn’t frivolous or cute. It’s not Gray Lady formal, but it [...]

Are e-readers too easy to read?

By Chris Meadows
January 15, 2011 // 10 Comments

With all the discussions of eyestrain that have taken place over the last few years, you can imagine the double-take I executed when I saw an article in The Telegraph that suggests e-readers can be too easy to read. Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer suggests that, because e-book readers have [...]

Fonts of wisdom? Study shows harder-to-read fonts improve learning

By Chris Meadows
October 23, 2010 // 6 Comments

All the people and businesses who have concentrated on making e-books easier to read might actually have been doing things wrong all this time, at least from the standpoint of education and retention. The BBC reports that a Princeton University study shows that using difficult-to-read fonts leads [...]

Jailbreaking Kindle 3 to add fonts, screensavers

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

It’s been possible to “jailbreak” (love that verbing of nouns) iPhones and iPod Touches for a long time (and recently, it was even declared legal), but I hadn’t known it was also possible to jailbreak the Kindle. This enables adding custom fonts, USB networking, or new screensavers, and who [...]

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