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Old 10-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Kobo Glo - support for Eastern European fonts?

Polish to be exact. Please, can anyone enlighten me if it supports special characters or I will go through hoops trying to read inverted question marks? I cannot find answer to it anywhere, I only found out it was not supported by Touch. I don't want to fiddle with every epub with css etc before I transfer it to the reader. Cybooks support various languages with no problem. But I'd love to see if Glo is usable for me. I know I can add my own fonts to Kobo but apparently it still doesn't work (so I have read)
My purchasing decision hangs on this.

Please Kobo people and MR members can you answer this? I can attach something to test if necessary. Many thanks!
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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I know I can add my own fonts to Kobo but apparently it still doesn't work (so I have read)
I wonder whether this information is correct. I can read on my KT Tibetan and Devanagari (Hindi, Sanskrit) without any problems. So I would think other scripts should also work, provided the epubs follow the unicode standard.
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I only found out it was not supported by Touch
Hi o/
My parents use their Touch for Polish books and it works perfectly. At least two of the default fonts have all the Polish glyphs (and I think four don't) and other characters - like inverted quotations or long dashes - work with all fonts fine.

My assumption is that those same fonts exist on Glo and work just as well.

I can make some photos if you want.

I'm guessing that "not supported" means literally this: there is no support from customer service. Not that it doesn't work.

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Old 10-22-2012, 03:51 AM   #4
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I wonder whether this information is correct. I can read on my KT Tibetan and Devanagari (Hindi, Sanskrit) without any problems. So I would think other scripts should also work, provided the epubs follow the unicode standard.
Thank you. I saw some Poles complaining on Kobo forums about it so I was concerned.

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Hi o/
My parents use their Touch for Polish books and it works perfectly. At least two of the default fonts have all the Polish glyphs (and I think four don't) and other characters - like inverted quotations or long dashes - work with all fonts fine.

My assumption is that those same fonts exist on Glo and work just as well.

I can make some photos if you want.

I'm guessing that "not supported" means literally this: there is no support from customer service. Not that it doesn't work.

[my first post here, hi all]
Welcome to MobileRead and thank you so much! It was very kind of you. I believe Georgia would read it and it is supposed to be on the Glo. I would greatly appreciate pictures if it is not too much time consuming and troublesome. "Not supported" in this case meant the reader itself would display other characters (eg "?") instead of Polish special characters.

Once more, many thanks!
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I would greatly appreciate pictures if it is not too much time consuming and troublesome
Pic attached.
Please excuse a funny camera angle, I was trying to avoid glare... Also, font is large because that's what my parents prefer.

The following fonts work:
Georgia (used in the photo)
Gothic MB101
Ryumin

The following don't (show a funny replacement symbol for each Polish character):
Amasis
Avenir
Gill Sans
Rockwell

This is with firmware 2.1.4.

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Pic attached.
Please excuse a funny camera angle, I was trying to avoid glare... Also, font is large because that's what my parents prefer.

The following fonts work:
Georgia (used in the photo)
Gothic MB101
Ryumin

The following don't (show a funny replacement symbol for each Polish character):
Amasis
Avenir
Gill Sans
Rockwell

This is with firmware 2.1.4.

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Georgia (and Times) is my favourite font anyway for ereaders.

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:50 PM   #7
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Polish to be exact. Please, can anyone enlighten me if it supports special characters or I will go through hoops trying to read inverted question marks? I cannot find answer to it anywhere, I only found out it was not supported by Touch. I don't want to fiddle with every epub with css etc before I transfer it to the reader. Cybooks support various languages with no problem. But I'd love to see if Glo is usable for me. I know I can add my own fonts to Kobo but apparently it still doesn't work (so I have read)
My purchasing decision hangs on this.

Please Kobo people and MR members can you answer this? I can attach something to test if necessary. Many thanks!
I have a Kobo Glo and have been reading Polish epubs without any problem so far. Example attached.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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I wonder whether this information is correct. I can read on my KT Tibetan and Devanagari (Hindi, Sanskrit) without any problems. So I would think other scripts should also work, provided the epubs follow the unicode standard.
Hi Tsering,
I've Kobo glo and I'm trying to read hindi on kobo glo. I tried a few hindi fonts like "DroidHindi", "Annapurna" etc but without success. Can u please suggest me how can I enable my Kobo glo to read Hindi? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:54 PM   #9
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Hi Tsering,
I've Kobo glo and I'm trying to read hindi on kobo glo. I tried a few hindi fonts like "DroidHindi", "Annapurna" etc but without success. Can u please suggest me how can I enable my Kobo glo to read Hindi? Thanks in advance.
You might want to take a look at the Summary of Modified Fonts sticky ( http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=204363 ) which does a pretty decent job of covering how to add the fonts. I'd recommend reading at least the first message and it's spoilers.


Having suggested that and going by memory, a couple of points:

The fonts go into a directory in the root of the Kobo's internal storage. The directory name must be fonts (all lower case).

The font file name must match the internal font name -- if you are using Windows, you can use Windows Font Viewer and use the name displayed as the font name. As an example,the only time I looked at the DroidHindi font, the font name was actually HelveM_Hindi. So you'd have to rename the font file from DroidHindi.ttf to HelveM_Hindi.ttf. As DroidHindi has no variants, you don't need to worry about -Bold, -Italic, -whatever in the file name. Copy that file into the fonts directory, power cycle your Kobo ereader and select the font from the Aa menu.

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I don't know about polish but the DejaVu fonts have an impressive number of glyphs and are good for people who like wide characters (I don't know the technical term). Here is the link to the Serif version, but there are others.
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/DejaVu-Serif
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I've Kobo glo and I'm trying to read hindi on kobo glo. I tried a few hindi fonts like "DroidHindi", "Annapurna" etc but without success. Can u please suggest me how can I enable my Kobo glo to read Hindi? Thanks in advance.
I like Sanskrit 2003. You can download it from here. Create a folder "fonts" at the root of the device and copy the font file to it.
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