eText Fonts Provide Quality e-Reading Experiences

by Alan Tam

I’m pleased to announce a collection of typefaces specifically crafted for high-quality e-reading experiences, particularly for content displayed at smaller text sizes.

Intended for Web and digital content publishers and device manufacturers, the suite offers some of the most widely used typefaces traditionally used for print that have been designed and tuned for ease of readability and optimized performance on the Web and across devices. Classics like the Monotype Baskerville, ITC Galliard and Sabon designs were redrawn to improve their readability in various screen environments.

Our typeface designers worked to impart a richer contrast, an even color and slightly taller lowercase characters, all while ensuring that the typefaces appear as unmistakable cousins of their original print designs. The designs also include small caps and old style figures for professional-quality publishing design. These typefaces are available now through our Web Fonts subscribers for use on the Web.

eText Fonts

All typefaces in the collection have also been hand-hinted to display as clearly as possible across mobile devices from smartphones to tablets and e-readers. For device manufacturers, these fonts also take advantage of Monotype’s Edge™ tuning technology, enabling publishers to create and deliver high-quality, readable text across your device platforms and formats, including E Ink screens. The fonts look and perform best with devices that use Monotype’s iType font engine.

We intend to release more  fonts on an ongoing basis as part of our Monotype Portfolio for Digital Publishing, one of our value-added suites of typefaces and technologies designed to meet the requirements of customers in specific market segments. Our Monotype Portfolio for Digital Publishing addresses the needs of customers who are developing and delivering content for immersive reading on e-readers, tablets and other devices.

Our initial offering includes these popular designs:

Amasis eText (4 weights)

ITC Galliard eText  (4 weights)

Malabar eText (4 weights)

Monotype Baskerville eText (4 weights)

Neue Helvetica eText (4 weights)

Palatino eText (4 weights)

PMN Caecilia eText (4 weights)

Sabon eText (4 weights)

Ysobel eText (4 weights)

You can view the eText fonts here.

The Monotype eText typefaces can be licensed as Web fonts through our Web Fonts subscriptions. They are also ideal choices for e-book/publication titles, desktop publishing or as system fonts that are embedded in consumer electronics devices. Please contact Monotype for licensing details.


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2 Responses to “eText Fonts Provide Quality e-Reading Experiences”

  1. Jukka K. Korpela says:

    Fonts designed for e-text use are an exciting idea, and the fonts mentioned here seem to be widely suitable for such use. This makes the licensing issue very relevant.

    Currently, you have “desktop” licenses and “web font” licenses. The latter is normally unsuitable for an e-book, which should be a standalone package that can be used offline. Does the new EULA license mean that a “desktop” license would let me use the font in an e-book, provided that the font will be encrypted? (Using some tools… I wonder which. Can’t find such a function in Calibre for example.) Would this be allowed for non-commercial books only? So which license would let me use the fonts in an e-book in commercial distribution?

  2. Alan Tam Alan Tam says:

    Hello Jukka,

    Our eText typefaces can be licensed for eBooks. Please contact me at and let me know where you are located so that I may put you in contact with the right person for ebook licensing.


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