So, in order for digital editions to work, the publisher has to offer the Adobe OEB format in addition to PDF, Mobipocket, Ereader and MS Lit. Then you have to have a reading device: laptop, handheld, dedicated ereader than can read the OEB format. Right? This sounds more confusing than simplifying. Doesn't adding still another format feed the "DRM Tower of eBabel" that Dave Rothman likes to talk about?
I don't get why this is better than say. . . Mobipocket or Ereader which allow for a) reading on the laptop or b) handheld reading in addition to font resizing and text flow already.
As for reading on the laptop, I must concur with radleyp that no one likes reading on the laptop. In fact, everyone that posts at DearAuthor and elsewhere about how they don't like e-reading equates e-reading to laptop reading. Laptop or desktop reading is not going to capture new readers.
It's the portable handheld device that will revolutionize reading, if anything will.