Best fonts for Kindle?

UPDATE: see my latest tests on fonts here. For those who read my blog post on the issue that has arisen with fonts embedded in ePubs, I make mention of using fonts for Kindle that are already licensed by them. The advantages to this are twofold: 1) You do not have to worry about procuring a font licence from the foundry that owns the font; and 2) not embedding fonts keeps your file size down, which is important as Amazon charges a delivery fee based on file size. However… The Read More …

Should indie authors embrace Kindle Format 8? Not yet.

UPDATE DECEMEBER 2013: Kindle Format 8, when properly coded into your CSS, is now more stable across the Kindle platform for those devices able to read it. However, authors using Word and exporting to HTML, then uploading to Amazon for automatic conversion, cannot take advantage of this stability. Why? Because Word unfortunately does not create the kind of CSS required for proper KF8. For example, the drop cap in Word is created using a form of table code that does not translate well across Kindle devices. To create a proper Read More …

Kindle Format 8 – what does it mean for indie authors?

Kindle has announced it has introduced Kindle Format 8, the first step in a progression toward interactive and rich media ebooks. The new format is built on HTML5 and CSS3, rendering previously impossible or not recommended formatting now possible; this includes embedded fonts, drop caps, tables, highlighting, colored text, text-wrap, bulleted lists, and so on. It will also allow for scalable raster graphics, and more complex interactions such as pop-up text windows, paving the way for an improved experience with children’s books, graphic novels and comic books. This move brings Read More …