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View Poll Results: Do you want more support for non-western/international text ebooks?
Yes, I would like support for non-western text ebooks. 19 95.00%
No, I would not like this. 1 5.00%
I don't care. I'm indifferent. 0 0%
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:23 AM   #1
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Support for non-western languages?

Honestly, i'm quite disappointed that a company would release a product that doesn't support--at least displaying--any language. Why can't the sony readers display asian, arabic, or other non-western text? I think kindle has the same limitation. Frankly, it blows my mind. Not only does it limit us readers to western ebooks only, but limits the possible distribution of that company's product.

well, anyway, my question is: how many people would want support for any language? for example, supporting UTF-16 (which is allowed in the epub standard).
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:50 AM   #2
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Unicode is supported, it's the installed fonts that are missing necessary glyphs. If you make EPUB files with embedded fonts (or refer external fonts from CSS), they display nicely.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:03 AM   #3
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Unicode is supported, it's the installed fonts that are missing necessary glyphs. If you make EPUB files with embedded fonts (or refer external fonts from CSS), they display nicely.
i see. perhaps the reader should have a unicode font built in, though. i made a japanese book using feedbooks.com, and the epub version won't display. of course, i can't embed a font on a book i publish there. (i could insert it myself later... but that's not the point.) international stuff should just work.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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The thread What's the default ADE font? discusses the font provided by Adobe. It is possible for the device vendor to change the default font, or extend it to other languages. Hanlin has just done so for the V3, the EZ Reader firmware page includes "Adobe language package for Chinese, Japanese & Korean" although I have not tried it.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:15 AM   #5
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I can't understand the Sony's strategy, even the Japanese is not supported by the portable reader !!?? PDF file is the only way to solve this problem now.
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Just to refresh my memory - did LRFs have this problem on the PRS line? I assume the libre didn't..
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I can't understand the Sony's strategy, even the Japanese is not supported by the portable reader !!?? PDF file is the only way to solve this problem now.
So far they only released on Western-language markets, so they didn't have to worry about other languages. Maybe they don't want to pay for the font license, or don't want it to be too big (for space or speed reasons), or something else.
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So far they only released on Western-language markets, so they didn't have to worry about other languages.
that's probably true. even so, i'd wish they'd have the foresight to imagine (1) readers in western countries sometimes want to read non-western texts, (2) if they just make it international from the start, isn't it that much easier to enter other markets in the future? plus there's the whole ebay and buying-on-the-internets thing.
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i see. perhaps the reader should have a unicode font built in, though.
It does have a Unicode font - it just lacks the characters for non-Western languages. "Unicode" refers to the way that the font is encoded, not to how many glyphs it contains.

Both ePub and PDF allow you to use Japanese, etc, and both file formats allow you to include whatever fonts are necessary to display the text.
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