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cpe111
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Registered: ‎01-12-2011

Opendyslexic fonts

I recently came across severa articles concerning a specialised font that has been developed to assist dyslexic readers. I was a little sceptical at first but had my son who has dyslexia take a look. He saw an  immediate improvement - he didnt need to struggle to read blocks of text.

 

http://dyslexicfonts.com/

 

Is it possible to add additional fonts to the Simple Touch?  Failing that is there any chance these fonts will be incoporated into a future update of the device - the benefits for those that do not read today because it is such a struggle for them to do so are immeasurable.

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Byteguy
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

No, you can't add fonts to the ST (unless you root it which voids the warrenty and then you have to do all sorts of tricks to make that new font work your books).

 

No clue what B&N will do in the future.

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RHWright
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

Though no one in my circle is directly effected by this issue, I think it is an excellent idea. Obviously, with the way fonts work in epub, it couldn't be 100% assured to work on all books (much as with any on-board font selection on the NOOK already), but it would be a great option.

 

As a parent, reader, and believer in encouraging literacy, will Alex & other moderators please: Get this idea looked at and some implementation that meets this demand on the development roadmap for all NOOK devices!

 


This idea fits my perception of B&N's goals and mission in so many ways, it cannot be over-stressed.

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keriflur
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

Alex, could you raise this with B&N please?

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LarryOnLI
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

Also, this change which can be made to all  (currently supported) NOOK devices and apps with a simple software update, will allow B&N to market itself as the only e-reader which supports special fonts for the dyslexic.

 

The might be a licensing charge for the font, but since it is open source it probably would not be excessive.

 

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antijingoist
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

For what it's worth, I wouldn't charge a licensing fee. If they'd like to donate, that'd be peachy! I could use the $.

Maybe I'm stupid, but I just want this to increase awareness, spread fast, etc.

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byter67
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

I think offering an eReader font designed especially for dyslexics is one of the best ideas I have seen posted on the B&N forums. Let's hope.

 

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antijingoist
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

Seriously, get as many people as you can calling customer service or submitting whatever bug reports, etc they need to. I'd also love an eReader that I don't have to hack to get my font on it. :smileyvery-happy: I'm currently using the PRS-500 because it was easy to do. Maybe we can all harass Sony a bit for that also. :smileyhappy:

And I'd even offer to work with them to make sure it displays perfectly on their e-ink and LCD screens. 

For what it's worth, the Nooks do allow for font embedding inside ePubs, and it works fairly well (I've done it sucessfully). And now the Kindle does too (since the very last event they had I think). 

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Grace_Brannigan
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Re: Opendyslexic fonts

I currently have 6 ebook romances on Barnes and Noble. I have two books that are in the open dyslexic format, as pdf, but until the readers support the Open Dyslexic font, we authors cannot convert our ebooks to show that font on their readers. I'd love to see it happen! Grace Brannigan, Romance author

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antijingoist
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@Grace: The Nook eReaders support embedded fonts within each ePub, so you can actually embedd OpenDyslexic in ePubs you put in the store, and it becomes an option when your book is opened. I published one book here (I really need to update it though): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingdom-of-god-is-within-you-leo-tolstoy/1100059617?ean=294001373607...

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