Ereaders like the 7.8″ Aura One can be finicky about formatting, and crappy ePubs can slow down tasks such as the selection of text for annotation.

With public domain titles I’ve enjoyed the best luck with editions from Feedbooks (public domain section here).

If you’re really, really persnickety about formatting, typos and other details, however, another choice might be Standards Ebook. It offers ePub, AZW3, and pure ePub3 along with instructions for using them.

Standard “takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.”

Alas, Standard offers a fraction of the number of titles that Feed does—only around 70. But  it’s still worth checking out, and you might even want to volunteer and produce a book under Standard’s rules.

The choices of authors and titles seems pretty, er, standard for the most part: Verne, Flaubert, Wells, Thoreau, Balzac, London, Conrad, Twain and other old favorites (although I also saw Dick).

Give Standard a try and let TeleRead community members know what you think of the books in terms of formatting, typo control, aesthetics and the rest.

If Standard editions are what they’re cracked up to be, they could a natural for libraries interested in providing the most usable editions for modern readers. The idea isn’t to preserve books exactly for researchers. For example, Standard if need be changes spellings to make books more accessible.

Outdated information on the Standard site:  On the About page, Standard says Project Gutenberg “makes it a point to only provide ebooks in what they call ‘plain-vanilla ASCII’ format.” No longer true! You can normally download ePub, HTML, PDF and Kindle versions, for example. I know firsthand. I can recall years ago telling PG that ePub would be around to stay. PG listened. Ideally the perfectionists at Standard can correct the error.