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Open Dyslexic is an open source font that was created specifically to make reading easier for people with dyslexia. The font gives a heavier weight to the bottom of each letter and number, adding 'gravity' to the words. According to creator Abelardo Gonzalez, this stops the letters rotating and mixing with one another, one of the characteristics of dyslexia.
The font is free to download as a stand alone font and as an app for iOS and Android, and it has recently been adopted by the Instapaper app. There are also talks with Sony and Amazon for the Open Dyslexic font to be available on eReaders, so we could be seeing dyslexic friendly books on Kindle for the first time.
Fans of fantasy author Blake Charlton will know that he has dyslexia and channeled that into his novel Spellwright, where the protagonist is a dyslexic wizard in a world where words and letters are an integral part of the magic system. I've tweeted Blake to see what he thinks of this new font; I'll update this post if he responds.
I'd imagine that dyslexia may be one of the reasons that some have for not reading too much. I can imagine how frustrating it would be to try to plow into a 400 page fantasy novel and struggle all the way through. If more platforms adopt this font, this could open up an entirely new world for people with dyslexia. As a non-dyslexic I find the Open Dyslexic font fine to read, so it would be awesome to see printed fiction with this font too.
Do any of you suffer from dyslexia, and does the Open Dyslexic font make reading easier for you?