Adding Custom Fonts to E-reading apps
September 10, 2013 | 4:19 pm
By Juli Monroe
Ever found an e-reading app you like, but the font choices drive you crazy? Not all apps support loading your own fonts, but several Android apps do, notably Aldiko, Moon+ Reader and Mantano. Note that iOS users are out of luck, although jailbreaking your device might give you the ability.
So how do you find and load your own fonts? This gave me trouble at first because when I checked Google Play, all I could find were apps that allowed me to change my system fonts, and they required rooting, which I wanted to avoid.
Finally, I found a site where you could download True Type fonts: Fontsquirrel. There are both free and paid fonts there, and I did a quick look and found some nice ones for free. Calluna, for example had a look similar to my font, Georgia, which, unfortunately, isn’t free.
Check the documentation for your app for the location to copy the font. For example, for Mantano and Aldiko, there’s a “fonts” folder under the main app folder. Moon+ looks for them in sdcard/fonts. Copy your .tff file to the required location, open up your app and follow the app’s instructions to change your font.
It’s quick and easy to get the exact font you want in your e-reading app without rooting or going through a lot of hassle. If only the major bookstore apps (like Kindle and Nook) allowed us to do this.
Editor’s note: An alert reader noted that a previous version of this article linked to a site with free fonts that were of questionable legality. We’ve edited the article to replace that site with a reputable one.