Thanks to ever-improving technology, ebooks can be produced relatively quickly and economically compared to their traditional print cousins. But with the temptation to capitalize on speed and low cost, it's easy for publishers to cut corners on quality, especially when it comes to things that affect look, layout, and readability-such as proper conversion of text, images, and other elements from a print book to an ebook. And because churning out sloppy electronic copy can potentially turn off customers, content providers are worried.
Bill Ives is an independent consultant and writer in business uses of emerging technologies. He is the co-author of Business Blogs: A Practical Guide, www.businessblogguide.com, and blogs at http://billives.typepad.com/portals_and_km.