Using embedded fonts in ePUBs for free: DIY Publishing wins!
I just tried something and was surprised by the result. After learning this morning that I don’t actually buy books from Kindle, but lease them, I wanted to see what my options are if I actually buy an ePUB. More than that, as a font designer, I wanted to try an ePUB with embedded fonts. So, I simply exported an ePUB with embedded font from my KF8 version of the book and emailed it to myself. Then I went to my iPad and looked to see what I got.
BlueFire & Nook worked with embedded fonts!
BlueFire was by far the best experience. iBooks stripped the fonts, but other than that it looked very good. Nook read the fonts, but chewed up the formatting pretty bad. Kobo would not open it. Kindle will not read the fonts in my KF8 files even though they are supposed to read fine on the Fire.
Why is this important?
I’m going to start selling packages of my books, with ePUB, PDF, and KF8 versions, all for the normal price of my ebooks.
That way, anyone who wants a copy will own it and can open it in the ereader of their choice. I can sell it as an email attachable package which can be opened on any iPad in the ereader of your choice except for Kobo.