Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Open access resources (1) - Adapting fonts for E-Ink

This is the first post in a series of posts on open-access resources to meet different e-reading needs. I wish to dedicate the first post to fonts. Previously I posted about problems in rendering fonts for E-Ink. The biggest problem, in my opinion, is the weighting of the font for better legibility. Thus even if a font is readily available, it might need some adaptation to work with an E-Ink display. A good option is to first adapt your selected font for E-Ink through 'FontForge' (an open source font editor). I found increasing a font's weight by an increment of ten works best.

If you are looking for a repository of open access fonts then Google Fonts is the best option. The Font Library, The League of Movable Type and Font Squirrel are other useful repositories. Below is a selection of fonts that I prefer:
  1. Linux Libertine
  2. Libre Baskerville
  3. Vollkorn 
  4. Volkhov
  5. Literata
  6. Merriweather 
  7. League Spartan
  8. Droid Serif
Side-loading fonts is supported with Kobo and Android e-readers. With the Kindle, however, it is more difficult and requires the use of Calibre (an e-book management software). 

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