Originally Posted by radleyp
...Research is quite doable on a desktop, and you can read law cases on a desktop screen, but reading more than 50 pages is an unpleasant chore.
For me, reading 50 pages of reference books or textbooks in ANY medium is a chore...
But seriously, folks, I think the advantage here is simply that it's Adobe, a major player, and if they create an e-book standard (and assuming they do it right), they have the weight and the name to get people and organizations behind it... something that most of the present e-book format providers can't say. (It puts them equal with Microsoft, but at least Adobe has better street cred.) If the result is fewer formats, and less trouble finding an e-book in the format you want, I'm down with that.
Combined with a reader from a major player like Sony, they could be an effective combination. And if it's better than PDF for handhelds/smartphones, so much the better. (I'll have to look into converting to the new standard myself!)