In the comments for this
thread, Branko Collins has this suggested
that The Internet Archive
could be used to host open source books that have been converted into nice-looking documents for e-book readers, and that the MobileRead wiki could keep track of them and point out the best ones. He also points out that there is a TIA ranking system, and asks whether that is sufficient.
This is an intriguing idea (in the abstract without details, of course), and we would love to see nicely converted public domain (and private author) documents be shared among many readers. The conversion process takes time and effort, and can benefit many in their reading experience. But they have to know where those documents can be found and which ones are best for their own e-book reader.
We've thought about this at times, but not enough to have come up with any good solutions that can keep track of what formats are available, keep the best documents for each popular e-book reader separate, and most importantly be something that will be kept up to date either automatically or by the MobileRead community, e.g. on the wiki.
Because this is a very significant issue, I've created this thread to see what kinds of input and thoughts and ideas and experience people might have along these lines. Feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion!