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Old 04-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Smile Does Kindle read Hindi language?

A big HELLO! I'm from India and this is my first post in this forum.

I want to gift my father a basic Kindle because reading on the PC LCD display hurts his eyes. He reads English and Hindi ebooks. While English is not a problem, I want to know if Kindle displays Hindi text properly.

To display Hindi two extra things are required. 1. Unicode support and 2. Complex script support.

I have a request. Please download the attached UTF-8 encoded Hindi text file and load it in your Kindle. Take a screenshot and post it here. It will help me determine if Hindi displays correctly in Kindle.

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Old 04-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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The Kindle fonts support Hindi, but, AFAIK, the rendering engine cannot handle Unicode vowel signs that logically follow the base letter but need to be displayed left of it.

Have a close look at the two screenshots and check the display of vowel signs that need to be displayed left oft the base letter because they'll most likely be displayed right of it.

The screenshots were taken with an older K3, but, AFAIK, the latest Kindle model cannot handle the complex scripts used in India either, and since Hindi is not one of the officially supported languages, it's not very likely that this will change in the future.

EDIT: Only the new KF8 format (.azw3) supports Devanagari. Make sure to select AZW3 as the output format when converting books with Calibre.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:57 PM   #3
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Thanks a zillion Doitsu! I'm really grateful for your timely help.

As can be seen in the screenshots, Hindi (Devanagari script) is rendered correctly even in the older Kindle 3. I have gone over the screenshots minutely and cannot find any misplaced vowels (called matras in Hindi). Everything is rendered as it should be. The default font is not very pretty, but I'm sure that can be changed with a hack.

This is great news indeed because this means all the languages that use the Devanagari script like Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani, Nepali etc. can be rendered correctly on Kindles even though they are not officially supported.

When I buy my Kindle I'll do a similar survey for all the Indic languages also.



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The Kindle fonts support Hindi, but, AFAIK, the rendering engine cannot handle Unicode vowel signs that logically follow the base letter but need to be displayed left of it.

Have a close look at the two screenshots and check the display of vowel signs that need to be displayed left oft the base letter because they'll most likely be displayed right of it.

The screenshots were taken with an older K3, but, AFAIK, the latest Kindle model cannot handle the complex scripts used in India either, and since Hindi is not one of the officially supported languages, it's not very likely that this will change in the future.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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Hi Geekyworld

i know its been few months
I wanted to did u find ur answer about hindi in Kindle
Are you using the kindle and erading hindi books in that.????


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Thanks a zillion Doitsu! I'm really grateful for your timely help.

As can be seen in the screenshots, Hindi (Devanagari script) is rendered correctly even in the older Kindle 3. I have gone over the screenshots minutely and cannot find any misplaced vowels (called matras in Hindi). Everything is rendered as it should be. The default font is not very pretty, but I'm sure that can be changed with a hack.

This is great news indeed because this means all the languages that use the Devanagari script like Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Konkani, Nepali etc. can be rendered correctly on Kindles even though they are not officially supported.

When I buy my Kindle I'll do a similar survey for all the Indic languages also.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:47 AM   #5
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What does the red boxed "hacks" that you see on the thread list beside this thread mean?
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the person who started the thread assumed a hack might be needed for kindle to allow it to read hindi etc, but this is not the case
nothing to worry about!
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