How to Make Dyslexic Friendly Kindle

If you want to give Kindle to your dyslexic friend, spouse or child, here is tutorial on how to make it dyslexic friendly.

This is how I made a Dyslexic friendly Kindle for my awesome Dyslexic wife. (Using Gill Dyslexic)

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 > Serif_Bold.ttf

Gill_Dyslexic_Bolditalic.ttf > Serif_Bolditalic.ttf

Gill_Dyslexic_Italic.ttf > Serif_Italic.ttf

Gill_Dyslexic_Dyslexic.ttf > 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)

 

The Life Cycle of the Grad School Graduate’s job hunt for something in the mental health field

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This is an awesome post about job hunting by one very smart young woman.

Originally posted on The Neophyte Therapist:

Even the father of psychoanalysis had to go to job interviews (photo credit to Nicolas C. Grey – http://www.nicolascgrey.com/sigmund-fried)

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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The Death Of Blogs? Or Of Magazines?

Pundit's Ideas:

I agree.

Originally posted on The Dish:

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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”:

[T]oday, Google Reader is dying, Media Decoder is dead, and Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish is alive in new form. This year, Sullivan decided that he was a big enough brand, commanding enough attention and traffic, to strike out on his own. At the beginning of the last decade, the institutions didn’t need him. Today, he feels his best chance for survival is by becoming one of the institutions, complete with a staff and a variety of content. What wasn’t going to work was continuing to have, merely, a blog.

We will still have blogs, of course, if only because the word is flexible enough to encompass a very wide range of publishing platforms: Basically, anything that contains a scrollable stream…

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The 14 Essential Differences Between Writers and Storytellers

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I am just a writer who dreams of being a storyteller or, is it other way around. Hmmm…

Originally posted on Trent Lewin:

Writers embrace the lost art of using a typewriter, but have now morphed into the age of computers and file storage in the cloud.  Storytellers have recently evolved out of the practice of flinging their own feces at cave walls and smearing it about with a dull stick.

Writers speak in low, thoughtful tones, and everyone gathers around them at parties as they spontaneously leap into a wine-heightened progression of playful prose and insightful social commentary.  Storytellers are generally at the same party, twitching in a closet as they fumble about with an over-willing partner, or, more often, by themselves.

Writers concern themselves with things like “form” and “vocabulary” and “grammar”.  Storytellers concern themselves with wondering why writers are such total twats.

Writers create impossible tangles of prose that often result in them having death sentences pronounced upon them by enraged religious sects based on a three-word phrase that they…

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Nostalgic Progress: The Abstraction of the Frontier and the Heroes That Define It

I love how you write about your nostalgic view of life. Thank you!

A Survival Guide For Dealing With People You Don’t Like

Thought Catalog:

I agree with everything Kovie wrote in this post, even thou holding my mouth shut would probably kill me.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

I often tell people that I’m grateful that Jesus said, “Love one another,” and not “Like one another,” because although it may not seem like it, love, that is agape or Christian love, is the easier one between those two. Agape is charity, to help someone when they are in need and wish them well. That, I can do. Asking me to like every person I will encounter is asking a little bit too much. And the way the world works, sometimes we have to run into people that we don’t like; sometimes we have to be around them through no fault or choices of our own. So unless you plan on moving to an island and taking all the people you like with you, you can follow this survival guide for dealing with people you don’t like:

1. When that person is your boss.

I’m just going to put…

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