Today at the Seybold Boston trade show,
Adobe announced the immediate availability of Adobe Content Server 2.0, an end-to-end software solution that enables publishers, online content distributors and resellers to secure and sell Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) based eBooks.
Through a browser-based interface, Adobe Content Server 2.0 links together functions of the eBook supply chain for packaging, encryption and distribution of over the Internet. The product also includes Adobe PDF Merchant software to give customers a choice between EBX and PDF Merchant digital rights management schemes. Content providers can use it to encrypt their PDF files for online sale as eBooks.
In announcing the product, Adobe said it works “seamlessly with existing IT environments, enabling customers to secure intellectual property and tightly control digital rights and distribution.” It also lets copyright holders to set rights and permissions, including whether content can be copied, printed or lent to other readers.
Adobe Content Server manages an online eBook marketplace of publishers, distributors, and retailers. Resellers can also use the system to sell eBooks directly to consumers.
Adobe Content Server 2.0 is immediately available worldwide in English. For licensing and pricing info you’ll have to send Adobe an e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org in North America;
email@example.com in Europe; or
firstname.lastname@example.org in Japan.
The company has also released a beta version of their Acrobat eBook Reader for Macintosh (the Windows version is already finished). It offers: a full-color display of eBook pages, searching and bookmarking, highlighting and annotation, display rotation for laptop computers, CoolType technology for “improved text clarity,” and single-page or two-page view. You can print pages and copy selections to the clipboard (with the permission of the publisher, naturally). The eBook Reader also sports a dictionary with automatic lookup capability for definitions of words in eBooks.
To use it, you’ll need a Power Mac running Mac OS 9 or higher and QuickTime 4 or better. You can download it (an 8.7 MB file) at the
Adobe download site.