If you want to give Kindle to your dyslexic friend, spouse or child, here is tutorial on how to make it dyslexic friendly.
How to create a Kindle friendly custom font out of Gill Dyslexic Font. I do not wish to take credit for things that are not my creation. The maker of the Gill Dyslexic font is a redditor, without him this would not be possible. I created this tweak/hack so that I could give my bride a special gift on our wedding day.
A book she could finally read (and be relaxed) on our honeymoon. And not just any book, EVERY book she ever wants. No one had done specifically this before (that I knew of) so I had to pretty much figure this out. This is what I did. Below I will condense these instructions so they are as brief as possible especially when numerous guides and information already exist.
Step 1: Jailbreak your kindle – start here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004
Step 2: Install the custom fonts hack on your kindle : http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004
Step 3: $9.99 Purchase the Gill Dyslexic font from : http://www.pixelscript.net/gilldyslexic/
Step 4: Create a Gill custom font that is kindle ready, then install it!
the following files need new names (they come from the archive you will receive after purchasing the Gill_Dyslexic Font)
Gill_Dyslexic_Bold.ttf &gt; Serif_Bold.ttf
Gill_Dyslexic_Bolditalic.ttf &gt; Serif_Bolditalic.ttf
Gill_Dyslexic_Italic.ttf &gt; Serif_Italic.ttf
Gill_Dyslexic_Dyslexic.ttf &gt; Serif_Regular.ttf
Now place these files into the \linkfonts\fonts folder on your kindle. You should back up the original files that will be there so that you can replace them if you want to un-mod your font. You will choose to overwrite with these new ones. The last step is to reboot your kindle after adding the font. I am not an expert at modifying fonts so I’m not 100% sure that this is the easiest way to do things, but this definitely works.
Edit: A secondary tip: She says that raising font size and making line space bigger also make a huge difference. (she didn’t have a kindle before this hack so these other advantages of an e-reader add to the experience for her)
- OpenDyslexic Font Helps Readers with Dyslexia Read (mediabistro.com)
- How New Fonts Are Helping Dyslexics Read and Making Roads Safer (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
This is an awesome post about job hunting by one very smart young woman.
Originally posted on The Neophyte Therapist:
I was walking out of the stadium, clad in a cap and gown, when my father yelled “GET A JOB!” from the stands. While my dad was only kidding (here’s hoping anyway), it illustrated the pressure and necessity of getting a job as soon as possible after graduation. Maybe you’re taking a summer position or working at your part-time job you had in graduate school. Or maybe you were lucky enough to land a full-time, paid position at your internship and be the envy of everyone in your graduating class. Or maybe you decided, “hey, writing a dissertation sounds fun, maybe I’ll spend my next 5-7 years in a Ph.D/Psy.D program!” (If I wasn’t so burnt out from school, I’d envy you all). Or perhaps you were smart and started applying…
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Originally posted on The Dish:
As part of his “eulogy for the blog”, Marc Tracy touches upon the evolution of the Dish – which he praises as “a soap opera pegged to the news cycle”:
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Originally posted on Trent Lewin:
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I love how you write about your nostalgic view of life. Thank you!
Originally posted on Chasing Wild Geese:
I recently sat in a hot spring in the mountains with an old particle physicist who had spent his life either working in New Mexico on nuclear triggers or hunting bear and elk in the wild. His speech was eloquent enough that I would have gladly read it were it written, and the stories he told were rich. They struck me. They stung. Even when they were not particularly sorrowful, they stung. I heard in those stories of a life I wish I could live, and of a world I wish was mine to live in. He spoke of hunting in Alaska, of love, of God, and bombs. He spoke of the crowdless country of Montana, what he called the last great place in the United States. He spoke of nighthawks in the twilight of dawn and of the unmistakable and heavenly sound of wind through the slender needles of…
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I agree with everything Kovie wrote in this post, even thou holding my mouth shut would probably kill me.
Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
1. When that person is your boss.
I’m just going to put…
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