How to Make Your Book Dyslexia Friendly

Did you know there are books that are specifically formatted for people with dyslexia? They use special fonts to increase readability and make recognizing similar-looking letters an easier task.

Did you also know that there aren’t enough of these books?

I think this is a great opportunity for us self-published authors to fill a need (especially if our books are geared toward children!) as well as tap a new market.

The good news is, there are several dyslexia-friendly fonts available. Most are paid, but today I want to tell you about one that’s been made completely free in hopes that it would become more widely used.

From the OpenDyslexic website:

“OpenDyslexic is a new open source font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles. It is being updated continually and improved based on input from dyslexic users. OpenDyslexic is free for Commercial and Personal use.”

OpenDyslexic is weighted at the bottom of the letters, and it also features wider spacing between letters.

The font is a free download, and their FAQ includes directions about how to install it on your computer.

Format Your Book Using OpenDyslexic to Make it Dyslexia-Friendly!
Format Your Book Using OpenDyslexic to Make it Dyslexia-Friendly!

As you can see in this screenshot, the font is highly readable and looks good, too. I personally think it actually has a cuteness factor that would work well in a picture book or a chapter book, but at the same time it takes itself seriously enough you could definitely use it in a book for adults as well.

Even if you plan to use a different, more standard font such as Garamond in your printed book, I’d highly recommend you consider a second version that uses OpenDyslexic–especially if you write for children!

I, personally, can’t wait to format new versions of my Middle Grade books using OpenDyslexic.

What do you think? Would you like to make dyslexia-friendly versions of your books using this font?

Perry is a 20-something with a lot on her plate! She’s wife to Tyler; mom to four little boys, two dogs, one cat, and 12 chickens; and author of five little books. She’s the admin of this site, as well as a freelance book designer. She lives in the sunny southwest.

Offers: cover design, formatting, graphic design, web design at perryelisabethdesign.com

5 Comment

  1. I love it that simply using this amazing font could help young, struggling readers have more accessible books… accessible to them! Any other middle grade / children’s authors think they’ll give this a try?

    If you write for adults or teens, what do you think about making a version using OpenDyslexic?

    If you have dyslexia yourself, what do you think of the font?

  2. Lisa says: Reply

    This is great for paperbacks! I just noticed on my kindle the other day that I can change the font to a dyslexia friendly font. Awesome. Thanks for the share.

    1. Super awesome! It looks like Kindle has added OpenDyslexic as a font option like Kobo has. Thanks for pointing that out!!

  3. Interesting! Something I never really thought about.

    1. I think it’s pretty cool! 🙂

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