“Kindle hardware update adds Open Dyslexic font and more features, but where’s the all-text bold?” I asked. But wait. Amazon actually has gone backwards. The new Kindle upgrade, 5.7.2 makes the text even less readable for some.
“I used the Helvetica font on my Kindle, because the letters were simpler in design but mainly because the letters were thicker/bolder than other fonts,” writes Reader in our comments section. “The update still has Helvetica, but with thinner, less bold letters. Had I known that before the update, I would never have updated. How can I undo the update?”
Steve H. complains: “One of the main reasons I did use Helvetica was that it was somewhat bolder (not enough but better than other Kindle fonts). I want bold font options…If you look up words on your Kindle check Vocabulary Builder to see how rich and contrasting bold text could look. The difference is amazing.”
“My first thought was to wonder why my Voyage screen isn’t as sharp and clear as those pics posted at Amazon,” says MrsMac.
Over at MobileRead, Axanar writes: “I can barely read on my PW2 because of the fine lines and thus contrast reduction. Though my settings has the smallest font, smallest border and smallest linespacing applied (to get more content on a page). With 5.6.5 and less I was able to read clearly and easily that way. With 5.7.2 it turned out to be impossible. Even increasing the font size by 1+ or 2+ didn’t change much. Even worse when you use the Beta-Browser or Kindle Shop. Try reading the thin lines of fonts. Close to impossible for me now.”