Font Friendly E-Book Readers

Please could anyone recommend e-book readers that have the ability to install your own fonts? Also I would be interested to find if there are some allowing you to view them on the system and menu.

quadibloc's picture

The iPad and an e-book reader by Moon allow one to choose from a short menu of font styles, but otherwise all one can do is adjust the size of the typefaces built into the book by the publisher on nearly all E-book readers.

Richard Fink's picture

There's one that I'm aware of: it's called a web browser.

Tom Gewecke's picture

I think you may be able to do it using the "fixed layout" epub format in iBooks on iPad/iPhone/iPod:

http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2011/02/fixed-layout-epubs-for-ipad-an...

Si_Daniels's picture

Richard is correct, but taking this a step further you'd want a browser that makes it easy to over-ride author's font choices on a platform that allows you to install you're own fonts - one of those quaint old fashioned devices... a Mac or PC.

quadibloc's picture

That is all very well, but since some people insist on having something portable for reading e-books, it's still helpful to recommend to them that they buy the one with the ability to install one's own fonts - if one's goal is to encourage the whole world to use modified versions of fonts that help them to avoid... negative thoughts.

Of course, I don't think Adobe Reader lets me change the font on most .pdf documents, and so the choice of e-book format has a significant effect as well.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

You can embed fonts in epubs as well.

blank's picture

You can embed fonts in epubs as well.

Don't most readers just ignore embedded fonts and substitute built-in fonts?

kentlew's picture

> Don't most readers just ignore embedded fonts

Yes.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Straight out of the box: Yes. With some extra effort: No.

bowerbird's picture

let the designer choose the default font.

let the end-user override the default...

-bowerbird

Frode Bo Helland's picture

The notion that the end user should be able to choose fonts isn't practical in all contexts, in fact: in most contexts it does not work at all.

bowerbird's picture

end-users aren't asking permission.

if you don't give them the control,
they will rip it out of your hands...

-bowerbird

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