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You omitted one of the greatest advantages, or potential advantages, of ebooks over paper books: built-in accessibility for people who are blind or have severely limited vision. In this area, formats that emphasize structure over layout are inherently superior. Specifically, HTML is better than PDF. Because PDF is basically a stream of commands for constructing a printed page, accessibility is an afterthought. True, there's such a thing as Tagged PDF, but in my experience, most PDF files are not tagged. I also think you're mistaken to place such emphasis on preservation of the print book's layout, down to the page numbers. We generally don't print out ebooks; we read them on screens. And I don't know about you, but I want the layout to adapt to my screen size, not to mention a comfortable font size. By insisting on faithful recreation of the printed page, you would take away a great advantage of ebooks. There's a reason why Kindle books and iBooks are based on HTML (or a derived format like EPUB or .mobi), not PDF.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror