Recently I was asked by my Dad to test whether a Japanese eBook would work on my Kobo Touch. He said he saw various online sites which confirmed it was possible to display Japanese as long as you had the right fonts installed. So I had a look at one of the sites. Here’s the link:
The font on this site is a version of Unicode developed by GNU. It is therefore free and opensource. The idea of Unicode is to provide a unique number to every individual character regardless of platform, program or language.
Unicode is developed by a non-profit organisation and is supported by many major companies, including Apple and Microsoft. You can read more about it here.
Anyway, the GNU Unifont can be downloaded from the developer’s site here
or from the site listed earlier on which the author has kindly provided their own link.
I can confirm that this unicode font does work with Japanese. I also tested it with a few other random languages and I can confirm that it works with Chinese (which I can’t read properly but I can recognise the characters) and displays Hebrew (which I can’t read at all).
So for anyone who wants to get this working on their Kobo, here’s a quick guide. Continue reading