This page was originally published in May 2008 as a rather short list of fonts that permitted embedding using the @font-face method, or that had an open font license.
We've moved on since then, and a list of fonts that allow @font-face embedding is entirely impractical, so we thought we would share an overview of the web font licensing industry, including other services from the Monotype family and, for the sake of completeness, as many of our competitors as we could bring ourselves to mention. We hope this provides a useful picture of how quickly things have moved on.
|Service||License model||Service type||Total fonts (Summer 2012)||Free fonts?||Embedding method|
|Fontdeck||Annual per font licenses||Hosted||895 (families)||All fonts available free for dev period||CSS|
|YouWorkForThem||One-off per font license||Self hosted||10k (weights/styles)||Occasional offers available||CSS|
|Fontspring||One-time purchase||Self hosted||4013 (families)||199 (families)||CSS|
|Fontsquirrel||Free for commercial use||Self hosted||783 (families)||783 (families)||CSS|
|Webtype||Annual per font licenses||Hosted||ca 400||All fonts can be trialed for free||CSS|
|WebINK||Subscription plans||Hosted||945 (families)||Free for site dev||CSS|
|Google Webfonts||Open Source||Hosted||501||501||CSS|