Atlantis Word Processor (beta): fonts in eBooks

Oct 23, 2012. A change to the "Save as eBook" feature of Atlantis (beta) regarding fonts.

In previous versions of Atlantis, the "Save as eBook" dialog included a simple "Embed fonts" check box:

You could check this "Embed fonts" box so that Atlantis would automatically embed all the necessary font files in the saved eBook file. The eReaders that support font embedding in eBooks automatically use any embedded fonts to display the eBooks. The display in the eReaders is then as faithful as possible to the display of the source document in Atlantis.

The old "Embed fonts" box has been replaced in this version of Atlantis with a new "Fonts" drop-down list box, allowing you to specify how Atlantis should save fonts from your source document to the eBook:

You have a choice of three options:

"Save, but don't embed" is the default option. When it is selected, all the font formatting found in the source document is saved to the eBook, but none of the corresponding font files get embedded into the eBook file. Let's take an example. If a source document contains a paragraph formatted with the "Times New Roman" font, the eBook file will include an instruction to eReaders that they should use the "Times New Roman" font to display the corresponding paragraph of the eBook. If the "Times New Roman" font is available in the eReader, it will use it to display that paragraph. Otherwise, the eReader will use a substitution font.

So, choosing this "Save, but don't embed" option in this new version of Atlantis is similar to leaving the "Embed fonts" box unchecked in previous versions of Atlantis.

When the "Save and embed" option is selected, all the font formatting from the source document is reflected in the eBook code, and the font files used in the source document are also included in the eBook file. In this way, all the font files required to display the eBook as faithfully to the original document as possible are available within the eBook file. eReaders supporting font embedding can then use the embedded fonts to display the eBook.
Font embedding does make eBook files much bigger, but it is an absolute must with documents containing texts in non-Western European languages. Many eReaders do not have fonts to display Cyrillic or Far-East Asian texts. By embedding the required fonts in an eBook file, it is possible to make eReaders display the eBook correctly.

Note that when "Save and embed" is selected, an "Exceptions..." button becomes available:

You can click this button to specify which fonts you do not want to be embedded in the eBook. For example, you might wish not to embed common fonts like "Arial" or "Times New Roman" which most likely have similar equivalents available on eReaders.

Choosing this "Save and embed" option in this new version of Atlantis is similar to checking the "Embed fonts" box in previous versions of Atlantis.

"Don't save" (fonts) is a new option. It has no counterpart in previous versions of Atlantis. When it is selected, Atlantis saves absolutely no information about the fonts used in the source document to the eBook file. And obviously, no font file is embedded in the eBook either. As a consequence, the eReaders will automatically display such eBooks with their own default font. This option is preferable when the source document is formatted with a single font, or when you want the eReaders to display your eBooks with their own "default" settings. Some eReaders offer a choice of fonts for the display of eBooks. On such eReaders, an eBook generated with the "Don't save" (fonts) option in Atlantis will always display with the font chosen within the eReader.   Downloads       Forum        Blog       Contact Info