So of course Moriah Jovan couldn't let me rest.
She told me to run my Abyss files through ReaderWorks Standard and see what happened.
I've never done a LIT file before.
Downloaded the software, installed it, and when it came time to choose the files, I just selected all of my source files and told it to use them.
What resulted wasn't an eBook so much as a melange of one. Last chapter was first, followed by all of the photos -- each on a separate page! -- then the cover, introduction, and then the chapters in order (except the last, which was Biblically first).
This isn't even alpha. This is pre-alpha!
Still, I drooled.
Here are some snapshots (click on each for big).
Right off: it looks like a book!
Yes, the spacing is all off, but still book-like!
Proper indented blockquote with centered italic subhead.
The Yes!es are flowing down the side as they should (although I'd open the line spacing more in the final).
I knew those dammed hyphens would cause trouble! Here too!
Again, spacing is incorrect, but it's soooo much like a book.
Smaller type experimented with in extract.
One of those tables. I'd fix that font and spacing, of course.
Another Table. Spacing incorrect top and bottom. I'd see if I could get a thinner border too.
Seeing Abyss in Adobe Digital Editions, in the Sony eLibrary software, and even on my LifeDrive in MobiPocket format, none of them felt like a proper book.
Only the defunct LIT format has given me that experience.
I'm beginning to wonder if Microsoft exited the eBook field too soon.