Travis Nichols has an article in the Huffington Post about how poetry is poorly formatted in ebooks. He mentions an AP article about poetry that quotes poet Billy Collins as saying that if the original line of poem is beyond a certain length the ebook will be formatted to add an extra word to flush left the screen. This will result in a three line stanza becoming a four line stanza and messing up the poem.
He goes on to say:
Obviously, the ideal situation would be for the e-book conversions to go smoothly and preserve the layout of the published books, but all reports seem to indicate what we’ve got now (ugly and sparse) is what we’ll have for at least a year or two. No one in the eBook marketplace has yet put poetry front and center on the priorities list, and since the Collected Larry Eigner, lovely as it may be, is not likely to burn up the best seller list, it’s hard to imagine anyone with a monied stake in the game re-prioritizing any time soon.