Originally Posted by JSWolf
One other issue with the meatgrinder is Unicode. You see, if Smashwords allowed direct ePub upload, you'd be able to embed fonts and not have to worry what the default fonts support or don't. The problem is that different readers default fonts can be different in Unicode support. So embedding is the solution for ePub. But Smashwords can't have embedded fonts because they meatgrind Word documents.
Or hardware developers could actually support Unicode, instead of doing the whole "we ignore standards" thing that's so popular these days.