Bookerly Font Download – for Kindles and Other Systems

(Last Updated On: May 29, 2016)

If you would like to try the new Bookerly font, you can use the Bookerly font download file below for your system and just follow the instructions.

If you have a newer Kindle, it should have automatically received an update. If it didn’t, you can download the Bookerly font manually from the Amazon website for your Kindle version.

If you have an older Kindle like the Kindle Touch or Paperwhite1, follow these download instructions:

  1. Download the Bookerly font .zip here and extract the files.

  2. Rename “Bookerly-RegularItalic.ttf” to “Bookerly-Italic.ttf”.

  3. Go to the main menu on the Kindle

  4. Connect the Kindle to your computer.

  5. Create a new folder in the Kindle root directory and put the font files there.

  6. Create a blank file USE_ALT_FONTS at the root level of the Kindle.

  7. Eject the Kindle from the computer.

  8. Perform a full restart on the Kindle (Menu > Settings, Menu > Restart).

  9. Open up a book and try changing the font. You should see the Bookerly there.

According to some people, this only seems to work on non-Amazon books. On my Kindle it worked with both Amazon and non-Amazon books.

Here is the zip file that contains four .ttf (rather than .otf) files for the Bookerly font: download Bookerly font.

If you are interested, here is also the Literata font download – a popular new font by Google.

You will find links to to download Bookerly Font on some forums, but you have to register to download it. If you do not want the website to know your email and be able to send emails to your real email address, you can register a temporary mail address that will be deleted in minutes or hours after its creation.

Bookerly Font Timeline

The Bookerly Font downloaded itself onto the Fire HDX and iOS devices in December 2015 (Kindle app version 4.9). Amazon stated that this is not “just a new font” but a rewrite of the typography engine. Amazon asserts that Bookerly helps the user “read faster with less eyestrain”. Bookerly is a serif typeface font exclusive for Amazon’s devices.

Bookerly became the default font for the June, 2015 Kindle Paperwhite (3rd generation) and Amazon’s future e-readers. The font and typesetting improvements became available to the previous generations of the Kindle Voyage, Kindle Touch, Kindle 7th gen, and older versions of the Paperwhite in August 2015 ia firmware updates. The new update was up on the Amazon site.

The “Bookerly” update— an improved layout engine and a new default font— Bookerly font download can now be used for any system. download Bookerly and install in any system.

Bookerly and Literata Fonts

The two recent typographic improvements to major e-reading environments, Kindle’s new Bookerly typeface and the Literata font for Google Play Books had a lot of talk around them. So, do Google’s Literata and Amazon’s Bookerly up the typography game in a revolutionary way?

The changes Amazon introduced with Bookerly did indeed improve reading greatly. Changed the font; changed the hyphenation tables and spacing rules for justification, to avoid big splotches of white. Bookerly improved readability in all sizes/weights, and across all screens (e-ink readers, phones, tablets and desktops, via amazons Kindle reading app). Bookerly comes very close to being a font that works well on all It also avoids visible pixels and ‘stepping’ on low resolution.

Amazon and Google are putting effort into digital typography, and their newest Bookerly and Literata are most welcome. But there is still work to do.

Bookerly looks good on e-readers and tablets. I saw it on the Fire HDX, the Voyage, Paperwhite, and the Kindle app for iPad/iPhone. It looks nicer, but I never really had a complaint against the pre-existing fonts. If you’ve hacked your Kindle, you can sideload it too. You can also embed it in an ebook file (Epub or KF8).

Amazon is continually improving the fonts they offer on the Kindle platform, but may never be able to satisfy typography enthusiasts. Have you tried the Bookerly font download? Did it work? What do you think of the new font?