Amazon’s Kindle devices come with two fonts – one serif and one sans-serif.
For people suffering from dyslexia, however, the precise symmetry of typical computer fonts only exacerbates the reader’s struggles with transposition and character confusion.
Over on Reddit, an intrepid Kindle user has hacked a Kindle and replaced the default font set with a dyslexic-friendly typeface, in order to provide his dyslexic wife with a better reading experience.
His Reddit thread is here: “This is how I made a Dyslexic friendly Kindle for my awesome Dyslexic wife”
According to him, the hack worked exceptionally well. For the hack, he used the font Gill Dyslexic, which reduces symmetry and makes similar-looking characters appear more distinct. In the past, many dyslexics have used the much-maligned Comic Sans font for reading, but the new breed of dyslexic fonts (including Gill Dyslexic and Dyslexie) are now stepping in to serve that need.
Accessibility is a big deal, and too many software and hardware developers are doing a poor job of meeting the needs of users suffering from disabilities and other challenges. This is one reason we strongly support both Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) as well as unlocked, user-modifiable hardware devices. Most of the time, when users want to “hack” one of their devices, it isn’t to steal content – it’s to make their device work for them, in a way the hardware designer failed to provide.