Amazon released a new update for its ereaders this week, and it's going to make picky readers very happy. The update adds support for Arabic-language ebooks which have been available through the Kindle Store since last fall, and it also gives readers the option to install their own font.
I haven't had a chance to test it myself (my Kindle has a dead battery), but according to Amazon's help pages this update adds a "fonts" folder where you can install your choice of fonts. The fonts have to be either OpenType (OTF) or TrueType (TTF), and all you have to do is copy them to that folder via USB.
I have a ZIP file of fonts over on this post, if you need them.
This is great news for anyone who needs a non-English-language font, and it's a shame Amazon did not add this option years ago.
Amazon will be pushing the update out to Kindles over the next few weeks. If you don't want to wait then you can download the update from Amazon and install it yourself.
- Read Arabic language books: Your Kindle e-reader now supports Arabic language books. Choose one from a selection of thousands on the Kindle store and enjoy reading Arabic content.
- Read with your own fonts: You can now install your favorite fonts on your Kindle and choose one of them from the Display Settings (Aa) menu to read your eBooks. Connect your Kindle to a computer and refer to the “Read Me” file in the “fonts” folder for more information.