Originally Posted by gmw
Hyphenation, when done carefully, can be an effective way to make justification work more smoothly, but you do have to be wary of using the defaults....
The thing is, if you as the author/publisher adds hyphenation, it's there regardless of what font the end user picks, unless the formatting engine is a lot more sophisticated than I think. One of the books I've been reading recently (admittedly free Amazon/MobiPocket) has hyphens scattered throughout, and it really breaks up the flow of the story. Ah, well... Sometimes, you get what you pay for.
I constantly find myself wanting to edit my ebooks, just so when I read them again, they'll be perfect. Then, reality checks in and I start to wonder if I'll live long enough to read all the ones I have already. (shrugs)