|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
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
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 barnesandnoble.com. "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 Adobe.com Web site at http://www.adobe.com/products/ebookreader/main.html
or the barnesandnoble.com Web site at http://www.bn.com.
The product is available in English for both the Windows and Macintosh
Source: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, 800/833-6687, 408/536-6000;