In 2011 SIAM launched an institutional e-book program, which makes SIAM books available by chapter in PDF form for readers at subscribing institutions. As of late 2012, SIAM books are now available for individual e-book purchase from Google Play, for use on tablets, smartphones, e-readers, or computers (but not Kindles). Unlike in the institutional program, these e-books are subject to full digital rights management (DRM), which means users cannot copy them or print from them and only the Google account holder has access to the book.
I’ve used the Preview facility to look at a few books on Google Play. My own SIAM books, such as Functions of Matrices (2008), are shown as “scanned pages” and appear to have been scanned from the hard copy; zooming in is supported.
By comparison, the Princeton Companion to Mathematics can be viewed as “scanned pages” or “flowing text” (ePub format). In the latter, which reformats as you zoom in and seems to be the default, the mathematics renders poorly; this is a shame given the impeccable LaTeX typesetting of the original book.
Is there a good solution yet for how to render mathematics in e-books?