I’ve decided to compare the looks of four, freely available Hebrew fonts, on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
The fonts are:
1. Frank Ruehl (Culmus).
2. David (Culmus).
3. Alef (HaGilda).
4. Times New Roman (Microsoft, taken from Corefonts).
All the fonts are in Kindle’s size 5, except Alef which seems a bit bigger than the Culmus fonts so I’ve used it in size 4. The actual size is a bit smaller than the one commonly found in Hebrew paperback books. Alef lacks (in the free version) Italic and Bold-Italic variants, but Kindle’s faux-variants seems to be readable.
Adding fonts can be done without jailbreak using the
USE_ALT_FONTS trick. Just remember to unplug the kindle before restarting, else it won’t work. The screenshots were taken by pressing two opposing corners of the screen simultaneously. The test eBook is בדיקת_עברית.azw3.
Update – December 2014:
USE_ALT_FONTS hack doesn’t work with Kindle Paperwhite 5.4. However, it doesn’t work in the sense that it won’t allow you to use the “Aa” menu to change the font to a custom one. However, it does change the default Hebrew font! So, if you want to change the default Hebrew font, put only the files of a single font in the
fonts folder and add the
USE_ALT_FONTS file to the root of the file system. You need to restart the kindle for the change to take effect (you might also need to flip a page in the book, as it seems that Kindle caches the rendering).