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Old 07-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
rplantz
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What does embedding fonts in pdf do?

I do not have a good understanding of what embedding fonts in my pdf document does.

I have written a 550+ page textbook using LaTeX. It is a computer science book so has lots of code listings, vector drawings, and math. I explored converting it to epub, but that just will not work. So I have produced a pdf version for ereaders -- 0.1" margins all around, syntax coloring for code listings, and hyperlinked cross references. I also have a version suitable for printing -- wider margins, black and white, binding gutter for double-sided printing. I set the margins such that the pagination is the same beween the two versions.

The vast majority of students get only the ereader version, so I want a font that favors screen reading. I'm thinking of using Lucida. My concern is whether this font will work on all ereading devices. Am I okay if I embed the fonts in my pdf file? I know it might sound odd that a computer scientist does not understand exactly what embedding fonts does, but despite my years of study, I still have lots to learn.

Edit: I just learned that Lucida is not free, so I will use another font. But my question still holds.

Last edited by rplantz; 07-23-2012 at 11:11 PM. Reason: Changed my mind about font
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