Originally Posted by colinsky
If aspects of the design and layout are important to the content, feel, or message that the author wants to portray, they should be integrated as much as possible into the electronic edition (or replicated "equivalently" in some way)--they are part of the intended experience. If they are incidental to the text (for instance, a publisher style convention), they are less important to duplicate exactly.
A lot of eBooks are formatted poorly. Wide margins, paragraph spaces, sometimes no indents, text set to small by default, large space at the beginning of chapters and other assorted mess. That's not a good reading experience.