Originally Posted by jswinden
Why specify the font at all? It is better for the person reading if s/he can choose the font to match their own tastes. IMO, eBooks are like web pages in that the reader (person) should be able to choose the font they like best. With print books you have no choice but to force a font selection, but with eBooks it should be up to the reader.
It makes for a better experience if the reader doesn't have a choice because it allows for better WYSIWYG formatting that is universal across all PC/Mac/Kindle/iPad platforms and allows for richer content to be put in more prominent places. We want to make reading more easier, but at the same time, you don't want to let that beautiful 1024x600 screen go to waste.