05-02-2010 11:06 PM - last edited on 05-06-2010 11:56 AM by Michael-V
I've been using the ectaco jetbook lite. It displays the vietnamese characters quite nicely. You can look at some pictures at my website.
Can the nook display these characters correctly as well?
05-04-2010 12:24 PM
NOOK only supports the Latin based alphabet/character set in text. However, NOOK will display other languages, like Vietnamese, if it is a PDF document and the text is actually an image and does not need to be rendered with NOOK’s built-in fonts. In this way, any foreign language can be displayed on NOOK, however, a user will not be able to change the font style or the font size.
If the Vietnamese language document is an ePub, PDB, or PDF (where the text is not saved as an image) then, no, NOOK will not support the Vietnamese alphabet.
I hope this helps.
05-04-2010 03:26 PM
A clarification of what Michael-V said: You CAN change the font size in a pdf, in a fashion. It just zooms in on the image and is not a true resizing of the text. But it will make the text bigger.
05-04-2010 05:28 PM
Thanks for your answer. I have been researching trying to find an ebook reader that is suitable for the Vietnamese community. For now, it seems that the ectaco jetbook lite is the only product that supports unicode font. I suppose I could embed the font into epub. It's a hassle, though.
By the way, PDF doesn't count. It is about the worst format for ebook readers.
05-04-2010 10:56 PM - edited 05-04-2010 10:58 PM
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PS - can a moderator change the url in the first post?
04-21-2012 11:00 PM
It should be noted that Vietnamese does, in fact, use a Latin character set. The problem is that the Nook uses a relatively limited Latin character set which does not extend to Vietnamese, which probably takes the record for use of diacritical marks. It does not even extend to the twelve (including both cases) special characters of Esperanto. The Kindle is apparently far superior in this aspect.