|Don't try this with your iPad|
[T]he production staff had the entire book retyped by hand, since no electronic file of the book existed. The illustrations throughout the cookbook — tiny sketches of sauté pans and freshly julienned carrots — were scanned at a high resolution so they could be transferred to the e-book.Making matters tougher was trying to replicate the unique two-column layout of Child's book, which set the effort back at least a year. The payoff for all that work? Features not unfamiliar to anybody who owns a Kindle or iPad, such as links within recipes to other related recipes and techniques, as well as an all-important pop-up dictionary to help those of us whose high school french lessons have been long forgotten.
At $19.99, the e-book of The Art of French Cooking is $5 cheaper than the print version. I'm not sure that I'd find a Kindle very convenient for kitchen use, but the bright color screen of a tablet or laptop is great in the kitchen, particularly on a crowded countertop. It's still fun to leaf through a print cookbook and admire the photography, but for actual cooking it's tough to beat having a recipe on-screen.