Gene Therapy: Climbing Aboard the E-book Bandwagon
While it is true that complex pictorials, scholarly text, cross-referencing structures and use of color will exclude some books for the time being, there are e-book display options designed for desktops and portables that can accommodate the original page flow without reflow issues. (See VitalSource.com, NetLibrary.com and Ebrary.com for e-book examples.)
Eugene G. Schwartz is editor at large for ForeWord Reviews, an industry observer and an occasional columnist for Book Business magazine. In an earlier career, he was in the printing business and held production management positions at Random House, Prentice-Hall/Goodyear and CRM Books/Psychology Today. A former PMA (IBPA) board member, he has headed his own publishing consultancy, Consortium House. He is also Co-Founder of Worthy Shorts Inc., a development stage online private press and publication service for professionals as well as an online back office publication service for publishers and associations. He is on the Publishing Business Conference and Expo Advisory Board.