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Volume 18, Issue 6 — June 2001
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Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 Now Available

Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the release ofthe Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1, which features Adobe CoolType font-rendering technology, a two-page layout feature, and a built-in interactive dictionary. Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 forWindows as well as the Macintosh beta version are available for download at no charge from the Web site at The Windows version is also available from’s eBookStore at or from’s e-Book store at

"The Acrobat eBook Reader is the only tool on the market that gives Mac and Windows users an interactive, graphically rich reading experience with the ability to print and navigate through the Web—all within the same interface," said Michael Looney, Adobe’s senior director of eBooks.

According to the announcement, the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 offers new features that dramatically improve the end-user’s e-book experience. With Adobe CoolType technology, consumers can view the font of any Adobe PDF-based e-book at a variety of resolutions and select the most pleasing to read on their LCD screen. Users can also click on any word and the new interactive dictionary appears with a definition. Additionally, where the publisher grants permission, users can lend their e-book selections between Acrobat eBook Readers.

"The Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader provides a rich platform for digital books of all genres by including print capability, video and search features, and links directly to the Web," said Sue Kervorkian, an analyst with IDC. "In addition, it gives both Macintosh and Windows users the flexibility to access a growing library of digital books on a variety of devices, as well as in printed and spoken formats."

Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/492-3623, 408/536-6000;

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