ETA: I’ve posted a followup to this post that hopefully clarifies things and offers a few suggestions: Ebook silos, update.
Ebooks can be transformed by context. Print books cannot. No matter where you take the print book, no matter what room you read it in, it will remain in the same form and have the same affordances as it did on the day it was first stacked in the bookstore.
I’ve been mouthing off all over the place over the last few days, as usual.
I wrote a blog post on the Tools of Change blog on ebook standardisation issues.
One of the comments on that blog annoyed me so much that I replied to it on my own blog.
The entire kerfuffle was enough for me to swear off online format and standards discussions entirely. Not much loss, IMO, as I plan on spending my time instead blogging about design, development, and process issues.