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Summary of Modified Fonts

With all the fonts people are modifying, I thought it might help to get them at least listed in one post. Rather than attaching the fonts to this message, if you click on the little blue icon after the original poster's name, you will go to their original post.

How to add fonts
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Fonts can be be very easily added to the Kobo family of eReaders. With the Kobo attached to your computer, create a new directory called fonts in the root directory of the device (the same location as the .kobo, .adobe-digital-editions and Digital Editions directories.

Once this directory has been created, simply copy entire font families into it.

A font family consists of four files; one each for Regular, Italic, Bold and BoldItalic.

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Originally Posted by buffaloseven View Post
The font should be named the same as the system sees the font, so in the case of Linux Libertine, it's exactly that. You'll have 4 different font file, and you want to name each one in the style <Font Name>-<Font Weight>, so for Linux Libertine, you should have 4 files:

Linux Libertine.ttf (or Linux Libertine-Regular.ttf)
Linux Libertine-Italic.ttf
Linux Libertine-Bold.ttf
Linux Libertine-BoldItalic.ttf

For many fonts, the name can simply be what you'd expect it to be, but for some, the actual font name is different than what seems obvious. And you are correct, all these files go into a folder called "fonts" on your Kobo.
Also see
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Originally Posted by george.talusan View Post
This is true. The Adobe SDK allows us to specify a URL to a font file but Qt doesn't allow us to introspect a TTF/OTF for its font family/weight without difficulty.

The resolution is that fonts should end with -Bold, -BoldItalic, -Italic, or alternatively, b, i, z.



Font Tester
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Originally Posted by DomesticExtremis View Post
Last version. Added a CSS grey scale table and fixed some typos.

Thanks to all those that helped out with this.

I will add it to the library, so any further feedback can go there.
Also see
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Originally Posted by DomesticExtremis View Post
An EPUB put together by myself and with helpfrom the MobileRead Wiki, the epub 'css/html tipsand tricks thread' in the epub format forum and the frequenters of the Kobo reader forum.
(thread here).

it contains a series of pages to try and test out what features can be used on your favourite e-reader, and was prompted by some oddities I had observed using my Kobo Mini.

It covers emphasis/italic and bold/strong, accented characters (extended Latin), non Latin scripts, image types, graphics, dropcaps and small caps. Various methods for display are included so that you can determine which your e-reader supports and help you produce the most portable epub books.



Linux Libertine
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Originally Posted by beedaddy View Post
I would really like to use the font Linux Libertine (a kind of Times New Roman).
I've left the BoldItalic untouched for now.
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
So how about this one? I've just tweaked Regular and Italic, and less than in the first attempt. Since there seems to be enough difference between the original Bold and the touched-up Regular, I've left Bold and BoldItalic alone.
Still can't see it for myself on the Kobo.


Times New Roman
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I have been wrestling with my Times font and why it displayed italics as bold. Looking around here on the forum I chanced on a suggestion to use the exact name of the font. For example, the file for a Times font on my hard drive is named times.ttf, but the actual name of the font is Times New Roman. So renamed the files and, lo and behold, it works. Don't ask me why, I can't say the delectable option to add fonts of your own on the Kobo has been made easy, but here you go...


Charis SIL
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Originally Posted by JSWolf View Post
I have a modified (made darker) version of Charis SIL that is very readable on an eink screen. Plus the height of the uppercase to lowercase is very good. Here's the link to download. Also, there are smallcap versions too.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?gk70icv61u7bbrg
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I've improved Charis SIL a little by darkening it up slightly so it looks better on an eink screen in lower light. Also, I've done the same to the smallcaps variation. I am making these available to anyone who wants. I find Charis SIL to be a very readable font on eink. Enjoy.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?64cse2dshispx08
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Not sure if this is your issue but I tried the ModifiedLarger variant and it did work for me.

Basically, I had to rename the four files to include the spaces in the font family name and came up with the following (I used Fontforge to see the font family name.)

Charis SIL ModifiedLarger-Regular.ttf
Charis SIL ModifiedLarger-Bold.ttf
Charis SIL ModifiedLarger-BoldItalic.ttf
Charis SIL ModifiedLarger-Italic.ttf

After copying the renamed files to the Kobo fonts directory, disconnecting from the computer and power cycling the Kobo, the ModifiedLarger font worked.

Edit: I tried switching to several English locales, French Canada, Spanish and Japanese and I saw no issues with displaying text style/weight other than oblique not working which it never does.
DB


Regards,
David
I've attached the renamed fonts. Please let me know if they are not correct. Thanks.


Kindle Fonts
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Originally Posted by gmask View Post
Hello. I had problems getting Georgia2 to work on my Kindle 3 running 3.2.1, so I made my own bolder version of Georgia. I also made a Kindle version for some other fonts, including Palatino and Times New Roman. You can download them here:

orangetype.com/kindle

Or by downloading this post's attachment (fonts.zip).

This zip file now contains Kindle versions of the following fonts:
  • Bembo
  • Constantia
  • Droid Serif
  • Georgia
  • Georgia2
  • ITC New Baskerville
  • Linux Biolinum
  • Linux Libertine
  • Miller Serif
  • Minion Pro
  • Palatino
  • Times New Roman


Heavier Garamond and Goudy
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
@polly7: I made you a heavier Garamond and Goudy. I'm not able to view them on the Glo myself at this moment, so it's a bit of a gamble. Especially the Goudy may still be too light. Couldn't find a BoldItalic for either font on my PC.
I think the naming is according to what the Kobo needs.


Even fatter Goudy and Garamond.
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
OK, here's an even fatter Goudy and Garamond. Still haven't had the time to try them out myself, which is not very useful, anyway, since typeface is a matter of very personal taste. Don't hesitate to ask further weight, though the increments will get smaller and smaller.


Fontin Serif and Roboto
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
Well, Polly7 and John F, here you go. Enjoy.


FertigoPro
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Originally Posted by jackie_w View Post
For anyone looking for a weightier version of a font similar to Fontin Serif you could also try out the doctored version of FertigoPro in the Kindle Touch wiki. The full set of 4 files (reg, it, bold, boldit) is included, but you will need to Kobo-ify the filenames before using.


Minion Pro
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
And finally: MinionPro a bit thinner.


Roboto enlarged and made more weighty
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Originally Posted by John F View Post
Attached is the Roboto font that bartveld modified for me. He enlarged it and increased the weight.


Delicious
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Originally Posted by bartveld View Post
Gee, Polly7, what do you do with all those fonts?
A few remarks: Like Fontin Delicious is a very limited font, with a lot of glyphs not represented. But depending on what you read you may never notice.
Also, it's OTF and FontCreator only saves to TTF. Not sure if that conversion is without problems.


MinionPro font (found in the Kindle collection) Fonts no longer available
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Fonts no longer available
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Originally Posted by jackie_w View Post
This post is aimed at anyone who downloaded bartveld's thinner version of the "over-fat" MinionPro font set (which originated in the Kindle wiki).

I attach here, an edited version of MinionPro-Italic.ttf which bartveld kindly corrected because the lowercase 'j' and 'l' were a bit strange and didn't match the rest of the alphabet. As the BoldItalic file also has a similar problem with lowercase 'j' and 'l' I chose to use the Kindle wiki versions of Bold and BoldItalic.

All that sounds rather convoluted, so to recap, the following 4 files make up a full MinionPro font set which works well (IMO) on my Kobo Glo (and also my Sony PRS350, as luck would have it):
Also attached is a pic taken of the KoboGlo (sorry for poor camerawork).

Thanks again to bartveld for all font customisations.


Chaparral Pro, ITC Stone Informal Std, Minion Pro, Sabon LT Std, FF Clifford Nine, FF Tisa Pro -- Fonts no longer available
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Fonts no longer available

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Originally Posted by jclim00 View Post
I've modified (slightly weighter) versions of these fonts, they all look great at smaller sizes maybe with the exception of Chaparral, it's got a pretty small x-height.

Chaparral Pro
ITC Stone Informal Std
Minion Pro
Sabon LT Std
FF Clifford Nine
FF Tisa Pro

FF Tisa is my favorite at the moment, it's similar to PMN Caecilia but slightly narrower and with letters a bit more spaced. Very pleasant to read with.



All fonts are properly renamed, just drop it in your fonts folder.

Kobo Fonts from earlier releases
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In the past Kobo had additional fonts that seem not to have made it to current f/w levels. For instance, F/W 1.9.17 had Delima, Felbridge, and Rockwell.

To install these fonts, download one of the old firmwares (full list in this thread Direct Links to Kobo Firmware.

Open the downloaded Zip file and extract the koboroot.tgz to your PC or Mac; do NOT extract this to your Kobo. Now open the tgz (on Windows, Winzip handles it; Mac or Linux tar at a minimum will work). The fonts are located in usr/local/trolltech/QtEmbedded-4.6.2-arm/lib/fonts Copy the desired fonts to your Kobo in the directory fonts the same as all other fonts you have installed (and yes... the case of the directory name IS important).

Be sure to copy all members of the font family.

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