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Old 06-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Super Legible alt "Original" Font

This post deals with the font CharisSLI. If you don't like serif fonts, this isn't interesting for you.

There have been any number of threads enumerating the deficiency of the PRS T1ís so called ďOriginalĒ font. Itís not very legible, the char size just seems wrong and the ďitalicsĒ arenít real italics.

Iíve had the T1 since the beginning and changing the font using the options on the reader itself was less than satisfactory. Usually italics didnít show when using a selected font, and if they did it was according to some random set of options like changing the font-size back and forth several times.

Using the instructions here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=29
I decided that the installed reader font ďReally No. 2Ē was the one which gave me the best readability. With a simple ďExtra CSSĒ script in Calibre Iíve been using Really No. 2 as my ďoriginalĒ font for more than a year now, and I was happy.

I read a lot with my T1 so sometimes I get lazy and donít convert an epub using Calibre. Thatís what happened last week when I started on a new ebook and immediately realized that the embedded font was much more legible than anything I had heretofore seen.

The font was so good I decided thatís what I want all my new books to look like, so I exploded the ebook(Calibre, right-click, tweak) to see what the font was. Turns out itís CharisSIL.

First I thought, OK, just embed Charis in any new book right? It ain't hard. BUT, Charis is big. It adds about two MB to any ebook.

In the meantime T1 users have come up with the idea of adding fonts to the T1 without rooting or any big programing skills.

With some help from here: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/PRST....28easy_way.29
it was easy to make it work.

Now, according to this:
http://scripts.sil.org/CharisSIL_download
the font should be free to use in the manner I describe. But thatís a lot of legal mambo-jumbo, so Iím just gonna put it out there, that as far as I know itís allowed. I have no idea what Sony thinks about it, and since I live in Germany and donít have to abide by excessive rules about what I may or may not do with hardware that belongs to me, Iím not sure I care.(Iím trying to be really circumspect here pdurrant, sorry about the other thing, mea culpa, wonít happen again)

Give it a try! It's very easy to change back.

- Connect the T1 to a PC and add a folder "fonts" right in the root of drive "READER".
- Copy all four of the Charis SLI files to the "fonts" folder. It's a TrueType font and it needs all four if you want italics, bold, etc.
- In Calibre go to "Look & Feel" in the conversion dialog.
- Check "Fonts" on the "Filter Style Information" register.
- Add the following to the "Extra CSS" register:
Code:
@font-face {font-family: serif; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; 
            src: url(res:///ebook/fonts/../../mnt/sdcard/fonts/CharisSIL-R.ttf);}
@font-face {font-family: serif; font-weight: normal; font-style: italic; 
            src: url(res:///ebook/fonts/../../mnt/sdcard/fonts/CharisSIL-I.ttf);}
@font-face {font-family: serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; 
            src: url(res:///ebook/fonts/../../mnt/sdcard/fonts/CharisSIL-B.ttf);}
@font-face {font-family: serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic; 
            src: url(res:///ebook/fonts/../../mnt/sdcard/fonts/CharisSIL-BI.ttf);}

body, div, p { font-family: serif; }
.calibre { font-family: serif; }
- convert a book to epub(or an epub to epub), presto!
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