The font I want to use, Lusitana, has some issues in the kindle previewer for Microsoft Word. All the emdashes look like strikethroughs, and all the apostrophes and quotation marks merge onto the next character, and aren't spaced properly. I'm manually editing it all now, but when it's finally published do you think it could revert back? Maybe I should just switch to times new roman or something.
Lusitania isn't part of the limited set of fonts that come with Kindle devices and applications.
Unless you know what you're doing re. proper license and version of the font for that use, embedding it (without forcing it for such devices that won't be able to display it anyway, and those users who prefer their own default), and so on, you should probably stick to one of the default fonts.
For the ebook anyway. Slightly easier to get just what you want with the .pdf for the print version.
ok. I'm just love this font... ugh. Are there any resources you'd recommend to learn more about this? You mentioned licensing and embedding it. What do you mean by "embedding?" Where do I embed fonts. I just have the font installed on my computer.
Do not do this. It probably won't work, you may get into licensing problems, and it's hard to pull off. Plus readers might not agree with your passion for that particular font. Annoyed readers have been known to give one-star reviews.
If you really insist on doing it, then hire a very good formatter. I suggest Hitch at booknook dot biz. She's the best.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)
Salamander Mallory wrote:
If you don't know how to embed a typeface (and even if you do) it will be stripped out during the conversion process. That is a deliberate action on KDP's part.
Well...actually it's not.The KDP doesn't strip the fonts, deliberately; it's that Word, et al, don't embed fonts as is done in some formats like PDF (when done correctly). If you send a Word file to a friend, using the Bippetty-Boppety-boo font, and they don't have it on their computer, they won't see the Bippety-Boppety-Boo font. They'll see a substitute font that will appear on their monitor.
You can embed fonts to be carried around in Word--but you cannot embed them in such a way so that they remain at the KDP. You can do that if you upload a properly-crafted eBook file--ePUB or MOBI format.
However, what the OP is describing, as his issues, tells me that the font he's trying to use is not crafted for the font heading or body that he's using it for. It sounds as though the kerning tables are off--are different than what are needed. This can happen--this is why we test all the fonts that we use at my shop, for just that reason.
Hitch, is it ever possible to embed a font in a Word doc so that it makes the journey through the KDP?
Thanks -- NJ
No, not at this time, NJ. At this time, you could try to do something like call Times New Roman, or a font that you know is ON a Kindle, in the hopes that that would make it past the intake, and work--but then again, each Kindle has a different font set. Yes, there are intersections of the sets, but really, it's tricky to try to find One Font To Rule Them All, in terms of what's on the gray ware for a device. This is also true for PDFs, and any other type of upload, OTHER THAN properly-made ePUB/MOBI files with properly-embedded (and licensed!!!!) fonts.
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