rob wrote:Just one other comment: I think reflowable layout will eventually die. They are here for now because (a) most ebook readers aren't large enough right now to handle a real page, and (b) web pages used to have to fit on small screens.
What do you mean when you say "real page"?
rob wrote:Sure, there can be several different editions of a book, all with a different layout, but that still doesn't change the underlying text which, remember, should be searchable and can be put on a separate layer. There shouldn't be a need, though, to reformat a book on the fly. Your ebook reader should be able to handle an appropriate edition.
One real reason to reformat on the fly is for people who need to resize the text due to poor eyesight (that'll be us as we get older btw). Another reason is when the publisher uses hideous fonts in an ebook. (I bought the Dresden Files books and they use a font that might be quite nice on paper but is absolutely awful to read at the standard zoom level on the Sony.)
Do you think publishers will provide normal & large print versions in every size?