Amazon has just shown us that if you shout about an issue long enough and loud enough then they will add a feature which solves the problem.
Amazon rolled out a Kindle update today which adds a new font option. Kindle owners with vision problems can now select the font Ember Bold for an easier reading expereince.
Ember Bold is a new variation of the typeface Amazon released in April alongside the Kindle Oasis, and here it is alongside the orgiinal:
So what’s the value of an all-bold font option?
I can answer that in one word: legibility.
Readers with old eyes or certain vision problems frequently find regular weight fonts difficult to read. That’s why they use reading apps like FBReader which offer an all-bold option, or why they buy ereaders like Kobo which let you install your own font.
This issue doesn’t bother all readers, but if you have ever encountered a webpage with a font which was too light to read then you can appreciate the problem. (Just multiply it by one hundred, and you’ll understand what some readers are going through.)
And finally, after years of campaigning by advocates like David Rothman of Teleread, Amazon has finally added a bold font option.
You can find the update on Amazon’s website. it is available for the 6th-gen Kindle Paperwhite and later models.