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Initial post: Oct 8, 2012 2:41:34 PM PDT
Philip Kay says:
How do you load open dyslexia font on your kindle?

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 5:17:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2012 5:20:58 PM PDT
open dyslexia is an open source font that is reported to help people with some forms of dyslexia read easier. I'm interested in how to add this font to my Kindle Paperwhite. I have the directions on how to install it on everything except the Kindle Touch and Paperwhite. Maybe it's too soon but if someone knows how to do this it would be wonderful.

The wiki site for it is here:

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 5:20:24 PM PDT
I've had Kindles since the first one, and have been on the boards all along. I don't remember ever reading about anyone being able to add a font to any Kindle model.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 5:21:14 PM PDT
Nobody says:
I've never heard of that font. What does it do to help dyslexia? How is it different?

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 5:42:27 PM PDT
I was able to find a few places, using Google, that provide instructions for adding a font to some Kindle books using Calibre, but with various prerequisites about the font used. I think that adding a new font to every book will be impossible without hacking the software, which will void the warranty - and then CS will probably not support requests for help.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 5:45:06 PM PDT
from what I saw of it online, it takes the lower case letters that seem to be problems (q and b etc) and mix the caps in with lower case...I haven't seen a lot of it, but there was another thread on it last week ago maybe

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 6:20:05 PM PDT
Nobody says:
That's interesting, but I wonder if it would get in the way of unlocking the puzzle for those with dyslexia since it isn't like other printing. I have a family member with two kinds of dyslexia (she sees letters backwards and upside down). One day she found the key to the puzzle and from then on she was able to read whole books. She loves reading on the Kindle.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:30:44 PM PDT
i dont' know if there have been any studies done on its effectiveness but it'll be interesting to see

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 6:48:15 PM PDT
Here's a better link that lets you see the fonts.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2012 6:54:39 PM PDT
Nobody says:
If it works, it seems like a simple solution. I'll send that link to my relative and see what she thinks.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 5:42:02 AM PDT
brigid says:
I'm in NH and just read about this new dyslexia font as I think the inventor of it hails from here. My 7 year old has dyslexia and I was thinking about buying a kindle so I would love to be able to purchase it knowing I can incorporate this new font. If not, can someone suggest another appropriate device for her to read on into which we can incorporate that new font easily?

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 3:36:24 AM PDT
hey brigid! I am indeed from NH. :)

On the newer kindles, it is indeed possible to compile a book with a custom font. But you would have to package it yourself, and calibre doesn't support that for the kindle... yet. I'm also unfamiliar w/ the process: I don't have a kindle at this point.

As a side note: The Kobo touch allows adding additional fonts to it. And you probably should check out the font list on the Kobo Mini/Glo. :D

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 9:11:26 PM PST
Agustin says:
Amazon needs to jump on board with being able to change the font I love useing open dyslexic font it has made my life that much easier.

Dear amazon please make it so I can use open dyslexic on my kindle fire

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 9:47:49 PM PST
Karen Klaus says:
this is a new font that is meant to help those with dyslexia be able to read with a little more ease, it takes letters that are commonly mixed up and have a tendency to float around the page and slants them in different ways to make it less frustrating when reading. I have dyslexia and it made a huge difference!! i am getting it on my laptop and would consider getting a kindle if i could download it! there are two fonts OpenDyslexic and dyslexie

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 10:47:29 AM PST
FireFly says:
Hi All, After much time and pain I managed to fluke a way to get this OpenDyslexia font onto my new basic Kindle 4 (or 5 whatever it may be).

Its not actually the Kindle that I changed but rather the book I wanted to read. Also there may be redundant steps in this process but it worked for me and I frankly can't be bothered to spend any more time and money refining it, sorry ;]

At last, books in a format that allows us to read for longer and at a faster pace.

I hope this helps the countless other I see online that have been trying all kinds of voodoo to get past this seemingly impossible hurdle.



* Get your book into word.
* select all and Format word file with OpenDyslexi
* Save as HTML filtered
* Drag the new HTML file into Calibre window (caliblre is a freebee app, donation run)
* RightClick and convert file
* Change font to the OpenDyslexia and output file to AZW3 then save.
* RightClick the new converted file in Calibre and Send to Kindle
* Eject device
* Open book in kindle and change font to use `Publisher font ON'

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2013 5:35:46 PM PDT
There is a blog that I thought explained it very well, it didn't mention this but there is a box you need to tick to allow user defined font

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 6:45:57 AM PDT
I wish Amazon would just take the plunge, do the right thing and make open source dyslexic font a part of their products all together. We use our kindles all of the time and love them. My 11 year old is dyslexic and the immersion reading is helpful, but the ability to use the font would be a godsend for him. I really would like to purchase as many of his text books as possible and put them in open source dyslexic. I wish we didn't have to hack a kindle to accomplish it. How about Amazon, make reading accessible to ALL!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014 7:10:25 AM PDT
If you want Amazon to hear you, you need to email them at ""

We are only customers here.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014 7:16:39 AM PDT
they may not be able to, if it is has to be an font that is openly available in order for them to use - and it doesn't seem that the dyslexic one is yet

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014 7:18:52 AM PDT
"open source" implies that is available for anyone to use.
From the website:

OpenDyslexic is a unique typeface in a sea of dyslexia-oriented typefaces. It was created because similar typefaces at the time were priced out of the reach of many people. There were many solutions, but no compassion. OpenDyslexic is free to everyone, including companies and corporations, putting it within reach of anyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014 7:23:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2014 7:23:57 AM PDT
i'm sure there is probably still legal issues for mass production onto something like kindles though...but that's just my opinion...

maybe amazon wants to see the efficacy of it before using it - I don't know - i'm sure that there is likely some logic behind them not using it
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