As each ereader device has a different experience, would that mean that there would have to be only one digital format? That could cause a whole new war of the devices.
Way to bring this convo full circle, Ms. Lovely Maiden of AQC Cookies.
Right now, web developers are expecting that ePUB 3.0 will become that single digital standard. But it won't help much if most people are still using eReaders that don't support it. And a Rick pointed out, your e-Reader has to be connected to the internet -- basically all the time -- in order for hyperlinks to work.
Amazon is hiding behind their own proprietary mucky-muck software, KF8, which uses some HTML5 and CSS3, but it's basically like web coding with barb wire. And developers don't want to bother.
Where does that leave us... not sure exactly.
But we do know that ePUB 3.0 arrived earlier this year, and nothing much has changed.
So in the meantime, we're still exploring how simple hyperlinks could be incorporated into current Kindle and ePUB files as well as the AQC community's knowledge and opinion of them.