MyFonts is a digital fonts distributor, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, selling fonts through the www.myfonts.com web site. It was created by Bitstream Inc., launched in September 1999 (during the ATypI conference in Boston), and started selling fonts in March 2000.
MyFonts pioneered a new model of font distribution, based on the long tail phenomenon: an all-inclusive inventory from which total sales can beat those of a carefully chosen collection. Every font that meets basic technical and legal criteria is accepted for distribution. Designers set their own license terms and their own prices, while MyFonts gets a 50 percent cut of sales.
In November 2011 Monotype Imaging announced plans to acquire MyFonts and the other font-related parts of Bitstream for $50 million in cash. The acquisition was concluded in March 2012.