A few months ago Amazon released a new font called Bookerly and it is a big step towards better typography. It is the first typeface designed for the Kindle for scratch and solves a longstanding problems with text justification, kerning, drop caps, image positioning, and more. The big problem though, its only on limited devices, such as the Kindle Paperwhite. So how do you get the font file and install it on your Kobo?
- In order to install the Bookerly font on your Kobo e-reader you need to download the file from the Good e-Reader Forum.
- Next you want to unzip the file using WINZIP or your favorite file extracting program. There should be four files in the extracted folder.
- Plug the Kobo into your computer via the USB cable and use Windows Explorer to open up the device. You want to then create a directory called “fonts” if none exists. This folder must NOT be created inside any other folder such as in the .Kobo folder. It must be created in the main area where all your eBooks and welcome guides are.
- Copy and paste all of the files into the Kobo Font folder, you don’t need to make a directory within a directory. Simply just drag and drop all four files into the font folder you created.
- Eject your Kobo and wait for it to finish processing. Then turn it off and back on. Now you should be able to choose from your selection of new fonts when you open up an e-book and access the font menu.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.