Kindle 2 US, Int'l and Kindle DX Font Hack

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Use these font hacks at your own risk! They are not approved by Amazon. Neither Amazon nor the font hack creators will be able to support you if your Kindle is damaged due to the use of this hack!

*** DEPRECATED ***

Please see Kindle Font Hack for all 2.x, 3.x & 4.x Kindles instead.

These hacks are the creation of or based on the work of edge777, BlogKindle and ted-san.

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[edit] For more information

The MobileRead forum discussions of these hacks can be found at: "Unicode Fonts for International Kindle" and Font hacks for the Kindle 2, Kindle International and Kindle DX Keep an eye on the threads linked above for additional fonts as they become available.

YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE FONT AT A TIME. IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE TO A DIFFERENT FONT YOU MUST UNINSTALL THE CURRENT FONT (UNLESS IT IS THE KINDLE'S DEFAULT FONT) BEFORE INSTALLING A NEW ONE.

[edit] Font Hack Files Posted on MobileRead

These files work with Amazon Kindle 2 U.S., Kindle 2 International and Kindle DX U.S only.

   * Georgia - UFH_Georgia_2.3.zip
   * Georgia 2 - UFH_Georgia2_2.3.zip
   * Helvetica 2 - UFH_Helvetica2_2.3.zip
   * Helvetica Bold/Large - HelveticaBL Font Set.zip 
   * Droid Sans - UFH_Droid_Sans_2.3.zip

[edit] Font Hack Files from Ted-San

These files work with Kindle 2 U.S., Kindle 2 International and Kindle DX U.S only.

The Ted-San collection of fonts (there are a lot of them :)) - KindleV23Fonts

[edit] Font Hacks Files from Blog Kindle

Please see Blog Kindle's site for updated font hacks which include Kindle 2 U.S., Kindle 2 International, Kindle DX U.S. and Kindle DX International. You can also download the matching uninstall font hack files from the Blog Kindle site.

   * GNU FreeFont
         o Kindle 2 (serial number starts with B002) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_install-k2.bin
         o Kindle 2 International (serial number starts with B003) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_install-k2i.bin
         o Kindle DX (serial number starts with B004) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_install-kdx.bin
         o Kindle DX International (serial number starts with B005) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_install-kdxi.bin
   * GNU Free Fonts SansSerif (recommended for Cyrillic) 
         o Kindle 2 (serial number starts with B002) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_sans_install-k2.bin
         o Kindle 2 International (serial number starts with B003) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_sans_install-k2i.bin
         o Kindle DX (serial number starts with B004) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_sans_install-kdx.bin
         o Kindle DX International (serial number starts with B005) – update_ufh_gnufreefont_sans_install-kdxi.bin
   * Droid Fallback Fonts (recommened for Asian glyphs)
         o Kindle 2 (serial number starts with B002) – update_ufh_droid_install-k2.bin
         o Kindle 2 International (serial number starts with B003) – update_ufh_droid_install-k2i.bin
         o Kindle DX (serial number starts with B004) – update_ufh_droid_install-kdx.bin
         o Kindle DX International (serial number starts with B005) – update_ufh_droid_install-kdxi.bin
   * Droid Fonts with Styles
         o Kindle 2 (serial number starts with B002) – update_ufh_droid_styles_install-k2.bin
         o Kindle 2 International (serial number starts with B003) – update_ufh_droid_styles_install-k2i.bin
         o Kindle DX (serial number starts with B004) – update_ufh_droid_install-kdx.bin
         o Kindle DX International (serial number starts with B005) – update_ufh_droid_install-kdxi.bin
   * Droid Fallback with Styles SansSerif
         o Kindle 2 (serial number starts with B002) – update_ufh_droid_styles_sans_install-k2.bin
         o Kindle 2 International (serial number starts with B003) – update_ufh_droid_styles_sans_install-k2i.bin
         o Kindle DX (serial number starts with B004) – update_ufh_droid_sans_install-kdx.bin
         o Kindle DX International (serial number starts with B005) – update_ufh_droid_sans_install-kdxi.bin

[edit] Installing the Font Hack

1. Download and unzip the file (I'm using the Georgia font in this demo).

Georgia hack bin files.jpg

2. Connect your Kindle to your PC via USB cable.

3. Copy the appropriate bin file to the root directory of your Kindle.

update_ufh_georgia_install-k2.bin for Kindle 2 US
update_ufh_georgia_install-k2i.bin for Kindle 2 International
update_ufh_georgia_install-kdx.bin for Kindle DX US

Georgia hack bin in root.jpg

4. Safely Remove (eject) your Kindle from the computer.

5. From “Home” on your Kindle, press “Menu” and select “Settings”, press “Menu” again and select “Update Your Kindle”, press the 5-way controller once more to confirm the update.

Georgia hack update.jpg

6. Your Kindle will switch through several update screens and then reboot.


Here are the before and after results using the Kindle User Guide as the sample.


Before and after georgia 2.jpg

[edit] Uninstalling the Font Hack

1. Connect your Kindle to your PC via USB cable.

2. Copy the appropriate bin file to the root directory of your Kindle. Make sure that there are no other Update_*.bin files there.

update_ufh_georgia_uninstall-k2.bin for Kindle 2 US
update_ufh_georgia_uninstall-k2i.bin for Kindle 2 International
update_ufh_georgia_uninstall-kdx.bin for Kindle DX US

Georgia uninstall hack bin in root.jpg

3. Safely Remove (eject) your Kindle from the computer.

4. From the “Home” on your Kindle, press “Menu” and select “Settings”, press “Menu” again and select “Update Your Kindle”, press the 5-way controller once more to confirm the update.

Georgia hack update.jpg

5. Your Kindle will switch through several update screens and then reboot.

6. Once it reboots, fonts should be back to normal.

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