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Open Source Font List

Currently it is generally only possible to use open source fonts for embedding in ePub files and for use on with websites. This is a resource list to access a useful list of open source fonts. All of these fonts are provided by default in IGP:Font Manager 2. Updated: 15 Sep 2012

IGP:Font Manager 2 is delivered with many carefully selected open license fonts pre-installed. All fonts have had their license status verified as being one of:
  1. Public Domain
  2. Creator grant of commercial use license.
  3. SIL Open Font License

This font catalogue is a quick reference to the standard installed fonts.

As new fonts of sufficient quality and relevance become available they are added to the catalogue and the download link is made available.

All fonts in this catalogue are True Type (TTF) or Open Type (OTF). Open Type Fonts may have TTF or Adobe Type 1 outlines. These have all been tested and all work. 

Some of the fonts have extended font-features glyph sets such as Old Style Numbers and Swashes.

If you have any technical or legal issues with any of these fonts please contact support@infogridpacific.com. We have taken particular care to ensure only those fonts that can be legally installed with an application have been used.

Font Families vs. Font Faces

Fonts in digital content environments are substantially different to the traditional use of fonts. Fonts used in digital content must allow for Online access through format variants such as WOFF, embedding in e-book formats, and use in dynamic reflowing contexts. CSS and XHTML for print treads a somewhat middle ground.  Using standard fonts, or fonts with a single face is relatively straight-forward. Comprehensive fonts with extended font-face sets such as condensed, stretched, etc. must currently be handled as a set of font families, however this is not unlike the requirement of print where ultimately a font-face must be selected for a specific purpose.

CSS allows the creation of any combination of font-faces into a named font-family for any purpose. Future enhancements of CSS3 will allow comprehensive setting of the font-variant property, which is currently set only to Small-Caps. This area continues to move forward and change rapidly. 

Font Embedding in ePubs and PDFs

All fonts in this list are licensed for embedding in any format without constraints. Many of the fonts are available as WOFF fonts on the Google fonts project if you need to include them in dynamic online sites or Web Apps. Use of fonts in the emerging WOFF format  and/or embedding permissions are currently ambiguous with many commerical fonts. The Linux Libertine, Liberation and DejaVu typeface range of fonts are actively maintained and supports a wide range of characters across Latin, Greek and Cyrillic with comprehensive high Unicode character support.

About the Fonts

If you would like more information on typeface collections here is a list of links. Please note Infogrid Pacific are releasing these fonts with the IGP:Font Manager 2 application to ensure it "works out of the box" and all font licensing issues have been carefully checked. There are many other "free fonts" on the Internet of dubious value which have been avoided.

A Wikipedia reference has been provided for each font-family if available to allow you to check licensing conditions for yourself. This information page is provided with all care and no responsibility.

Adobe Source Sans Pro

Website: http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/2012/08/source-sans-pro.html

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Source_Sans_Pro

License: SIL Open Font License

Bitstream Vera

Website: http://www-old.gnome.org/fonts/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitstream_Vera

License: Bitstream License


The DejaVu fonts are based on the excellent Bitstream Vera typefaces and extended by additional glyphs. They are well hinted so they preserve their onscreen readability even in small sizes. This is a significant set for extended language and other special glyphs. IGP embedding sets are based on this typeface.

Website: http://dejavu-fonts.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DejaVu_fonts

License: Free Software GPL


Fonts created by Ascender Corporation and used in Google's Android operating system.

Website: https://github.com/android/platform_frameworks_base/tree/master/data/fonts

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Droid_%28font%29

License: Apache License Ver. 2


Website: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentium

License: SIL Open Font License


Website: https://www.redhat.com/promo/fonts/

Website: https://fedorahosted.org/liberation-fonts/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_fonts


Linux Libertine

The typeface has five styles: regular, bold, italic, bold italic, and small capitals, all of which are available in TrueType and OpenType format. The OpenType version allows automatic positioning and substitution, including true fractions, ligatures and kerning.

There is also a complementary organic sans-serif face, Linux Biolinum.

Website: http://www.linuxlibertine.org/index.php?id=1&L=1

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Libertine

License: SIL Open Font License

Open Fonts Library

All fonts in this site are granted on the OFL. A useful resource for symbols and unusual fonts of reasonable quality.

Website: http://openfontlibrary.org/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Font_Library

License: Various

STIX Font Project

A work of more than a decade. Comprehensive mathematics, chemistry and techical  fonts. If you are specializing in technical production get the whole set of 36 fonts from the site. They are a must have but need a little brain-work to make work well.

Website: http://www.stixfonts.org/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STIX

License: SIL Open Font License

The League of Moveable Type

A set of high quality display and presentation style fonts released on the OFL.

Website: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

License: SIL Open Font License

Ubuntu Fonts

Website: http://font.ubuntu.com/


URW Fonts

No specific information. They were given to the Open Source community by URW to replace the 14 standard Adobe fonts used in PDF. They are available everywhere. You can now use the TeX extended versions mentioned below. These two links give some interesting recent background:

Extended license grant: https://lists.dante.de/pipermail/ctan-ann/2009-June/003741.html

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimbus_Roman

License: GPL

Other Free Font Resources

There are many high-quality free-font sites. Good starting points are:



Extended URW fonts by TeX http://www.gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/tex-gyre/  License: GUST Font License (GFL)

International language fonts at http://www.unifont.org/fontguide/

More Free Font Information

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software_Unicode_typefaces

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