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Volume 18, Issue 3 — March 2001
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Adobe Introduces Two New eBook Products

Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced two products that address the growing demand for the online purchase of digital content: the Adobe Content Server 2.0 for eBooks and the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0. According to the announcement, both products result from the company's recent acquisition of Glassbook, Inc. and further Adobe's mission to help the publishing industry sell compelling digital content and provide consumers with an engaging electronic reading experience.

Adobe Content Server 2.0
Designed for online book publishers, retailers, or distributors, the Adobe Content Server is an easy-to-use, all-in-one system that secures and sells Adobe PDF-based eBooks, according to the company. Key software features enable easy packaging, protection, distribution, and sale of Adobe PDF-based eBooks.

Michael Looney, Adobe's senior director of eBooks, said: "The large number of publishers who already have their content archived in Adobe PDF are ready to take advantage of the growing eBooks market. By leveraging their Adobe PDF-based files, the Adobe Content Server immediately enables their eBook environment without high conversion or integration costs."

The Adobe Content Server 2.0 will be available in English for the Windows platform.

Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0
According to the announcement, among the new features of Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0—which is an upgrade to the Glassbook Reader—are an easy-to-use, intuitive interface that allows for full-text search, bookmarks, text highlights, and annotations. In addition, it has a unique personalized library that stores and organizes eBooks by subject, author, or title. The Acrobat eBook Reader, which supports the Adobe PDF and Electronic Book Exchange (EBX) digital rights management standards, includes a built-in Web browser, enabling readers to purchase eBooks on the Internet from within the application.

"The Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader provides the most true-to-print rendition of graphics-intensive texts that I've seen," said Michael Fragnito, vice president of publishing at "The use of Adobe PDF allows readers to have the same visual experience as reading a printed book, but with the added benefit of interactivity and the option for the publishers to allow printing."

Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0 is available for download at no charge from the Web site at or the Web site at The product is available in English for both the Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/833-6687, 408/536-6000;

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