Thanks for the feedback! Clearly, the font issue has struck a nerve for many. Your test results show that the Kindle 2 can be made even better using a few alternative fonts. Amazon take note: people love the Kindle, and they just want some alternate fonts to take their reading experience to the next level..
I've been told I'm starting to have cataracts and will have to consider surgery in the near future. I've loved to read all my life but have never had the time I would like. Wouldn't you know it, now that I've finally retired from teaching and have all the time in the world to read, it's growing more difficult for me! When the K1 came out, I thought it was like a miracle. The light text on the K2 was a disappointment but your work has made it even better than the K1. You have no idea how many lives you have touched. For those who have a love of reading but have some difficulty with their eyesight, you are a miracle worker. I know you say it is a simple thing and it would be simple for Amazon to implement it. But, for me personally, what you have done is no small thing. Truly, I can't thank you enough.
These fonts a MUCH NICER, darker and easier to read than Kindle 2 native fonts. The letters with curves are more definitive and sharper. I wear bifocals, so the improvised fonts are extremely helpful. I doubt I would have kept the Kindle if this option was not available. Thanks so much!
I hope Amazon appreciates your efforts as much as we all do, Ted. Many of us would have returned our Kindles were it not for your efforts. I'll be writing to Amazon directly to express these sentiments and I encourage all others to do likewise. IMO, you deserve to be financially rewarded.
I just downloaded the Helvetica 2 fonts & I LOVE it!! What a difference!! It's amazing! Now I really, really LOVE my Kindle!!
Good gracious is right. And a good product now turned GREAT.
I just tried the font hack last night (where have I been?!?) and am amazed! So far I've only had time to try the Arial and Helvetica 2 fonts, and LOVE the Helvetica 2 font. Wow.
Helvetica 2 is very very nice! Letters are nicely space now and very readable. Thank you Tedsan!!!
Thank you for all of your efforts on our behalf! I have tried several of the fonts and enjoy Georgia the best!
I think you've hit paydirt with the new Helvetica. It's beautiful. Blows all the others away, IMHO. It's dark, it's spaced nicely, even the underline shows up properly .
Thank you, tedsan. As a graphic artist, I truly love that font (Helvetica). Very clean lines and easy to read. Thank you again. You rock!
The only font I have tried so far is the Droid Bold since I really prefer San Serif fonts. What an improvement! Even font size 1 is legible. Thank you! Thank you!
I love all the fonts, but after careful consideration, I get the most out of the Airal Round Narrow (size 4; linespacing ALT + 1). It just "jumps off the page" and reads silky smooth, yet bold enough. This is a unique font, and adds a different "personality" to the kindle.
Thanks for continuing to provide excellent fonts; I'm so glad that you didn't stop "experimenting" after the initial fonts. It shows that you are really committed to making the Kindle 2 the best that it can be!
The text certainly wasn't unreadable before...but is so much better (darker) now.
S.Quick here!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Georgia Font. It is PERFECT! Thank you so much. The other fonts were awesome, and they were very bolded which was good for the contrast issue. But the Georgia Font is bolded just the right amount, and it is a very pretty font. I love it!!! Thank you so much.
With many of the new fonts, I can go down as low as size 3 comfortably. This is wonderful and has made my Kindle experience nothing but fun again!
Anyway, all these new fonts look TONS better than the original K2's light text. I guess beggers can't be choosers, but I'm hoping Ted-san goes "a la carte" and provides MULTIPLE fonts for our reading consumption! Dude is an absolute GURU...
I LOVE the ArialNarRound because it feels like a "smooth" read. Hard to explain, but it's like speed reading, the words flow without stop or stutter. It's great for blogs and newspapers with it's urgent, sans-serriff-informational vible! Haven't tried the TALL or DARK yet, but I also like the bold native - definitely an improvement upon the native serriff font.
GASP! OH MY!!!!
Dear Amazon, re: fonts
I have to admit, as a K1 owner I was in a bit of denial over the early buzz that the K2's text was actually lighter. The notion seemed ridiculous. Or maybe since I plopped down $360 for a next-gen Kindle, I didn't want to admit that the CENTRAL FEATURE of the e-reader device - its readability - was actually inferior to its predecessor. But after reading for 2-3 hours, I began to experience eye strain, so I took another side-by-side look, and was nearly dumbstruck: the K1's text just seemed to "pop off" the screen, it was that good.
I got a Kindle 2 as a gift and started using it today. I must say that the contrast problem needs to be fixed ASAP. I LOVE this device otherwise, but there is no way I can keep it if the contrast problem is not fixed. All the other bells and whistles are a very nice touch, but the main use of the Kindle is to read books--and it is very difficult to do so with the current contrast.
I agreed wholeheartedly with all these posts. I am a 63 year old avid reader and thought that I had found the ultimate book. Don't get me wrong I love the product but you do NEED to address the contrast problem. The friends I show it to have only one negative comment. "can it get any brighter" refering to low contrast. As a software developer this should be a very easy fix for Amazon. At $400 a pop an older audience will need the ability to sharpen the text. Please let us know that you are going to fix this problem.
Received my new Kindle 5 days ago and have read a few books on it. But I found the text lacking contrast to the screen. I have ordered another Kindle to compare them and if there is a remarkable difference I will return the lower contrast product. If they are the same, I may return both of them. Like so many of you I love the concept, but am disappointed with the execution. There must be an answer that can improve the Kindle experience for all users.
I put the black skin from DecalGirl on my K2 and the difference is dramatic your eyes are now not drawn to the white of the Kindle 2 and the screen appears almost white and the letters much darker.
I tried the flavors at "Ted-san's font shack" last week. It is unfathomable that Amazon with its Billion dollar coffers and 100 Million dollar profits couldn't do what a couple of amateur 'radio-shack' enthusiasts did in their downscale basements. In other words, the enhanced fonts absolutely deliver a 5-star product; why couldn't Amazon have done the same?
I agree with Christy. It's not that the K2 is in any way unusable as is, but the reading experience is certainly less than optimal. In directly comparing two K2s and my PRS-505 it's fairly obvious that the superior readability of the Sony is due to the K2's lighter font. Installing Ted-san's Arial font hack absolutely confirms this. Now text on my K2 is at least the equal of the PRS-505 and, given the Kindle's myriad other advantages, is a far more satisfying device. Consequently, I continue (as stated in a post above) to recommend that any K2 owner who isn't phobic about playing with easily reversed hacks give Ted-san's remedy a try. If you don't like it you can quickly and reliably remove it.
After living with the K2 for some weeks and prior to installing Ted-san's hack, in cases where books were readily available in both Sony and Kindle readable formats I most often chose to download them in Sony versions. No more.
I would like to thank you for saving my eyes all the fatigue I was experiencing before trying out your amazon font test. What's nice is, I can now also use my regular prescription reading glasses and not the magnifying reading glasses I had to use before trying these fonts out....Thank You again for all your time and work! My eyes sure do appreciate it!
For others, I second the recommendation about getting the Decal Girl skin (the HAL 9000 is good). By having the black frame around the Kindle screen, there is no doubt (at least for me) that the background screen looks whiter. In fact, it looked so much better that I'm having trouble deciding whether or not to stay with Ted-san's bolded fonts -- they are actually not as essential with the skin addition (although they remain completely welcome!!)
The FONT HACKS are a hit! Every single font has been superior to the native Kindle 2's text.
I agree with Anthony34... the Ted-san fonts have noticeably improved the quality of my Kindle "experience". THANK YOU Ted-san!!!!!
Thanks again Ted-san. I tried it anyway with the Georgia font. It worked and is a marked improvement! I also appreciate all your time and effort and expertise on this problem.