Thursday’s news about Amazon’s new font, Ember, inspired me to go find instructions on how to install it on an ereader.
While you can’t install custom fonts on a Kindle or a Fire tablet without hacking them, it’s relatively easy to install fonts on Kobo ereaders.
Sidenote: Did you know you can embed a font in a Kindle KF8 file? The short version is that you need to make an Epub file with the embedded font, and then use Kindle Previewer to convert that Epub file to a Kindle ebook.
The above Epub trick also works to get a font on to a Kobo device, if you like. But embedding a font in an ebook is a hassle, and fortunately we don’t have to bother with that step to load a font on to a Kobo ereader.
The process could not be simpler.
- Simply plug your Kobo device into your computer over USB, and then use your computer to create a new folder called fonts in the root folder of the device.
- Note that the folder must be named fonts, with an “s”, or the device won’t see it.
- Copy all the font files into that folder. A font family usually comes in sets of four, and they all have to have similar names otherwise they won’t all be found by the device.
If you’re looking for fonts, I have posted a copy of the Bookerly and Ember fonts (with Amazon’s indifference, if not outright permission). You can also find additional fonts over at MobileRead (where I found the instructions).
Once you have installed the fonts, you should be able to select them from the font (Aa) menu from inside an ebook.
Here are a few screenshots of fonts I tested this evening:
Of the four, I think I like Bookerly the most. The Kobo Nickel font wastes too much space, and I am ambivalent to Ember and Roboto.
Which font do you like?
image by p_a_h