According to statements from Bill McCoy, CEO of Adobe’s ePublishing Business, to Macworld: “We are seeing tremendous growth in this market, although the general feeling may be that eBooks lost interest in 2000. We have gotten the clear message from that users do not want to be limited to the browser to access content, and they do not want to download large files “.
At 2.5 MB, Adobe Digital Editions has native support for the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and for XML-based publications, which means that it is compatible with nearly 150,000 commercial titles already published, according to Adobe .
Adobe Digital Editions differs from reading a PDF document in a number of features. First, when a document is resized to accommodate different screen sizes, the text and images will change their location to fit the screen. The software also incorporates support for Flash, allowing the integration of audio and video.
Other features of the software include its ability to annotate content using bookmarks, text notes, and underline text, as well as a library view for organizing multiple shelves.
Adobe has indicated that the beta of Digital Editions has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in less than six months. Additionally, the company indicates that publishers have shown their support for the technology, and that Sony will include Adobe Digital Editions technology in its line of portable reader products.
Adobe is also offering publishers a way to protect their content using the Adobe Digital Edition Protection Technology. Adobe has indicated that the new protected content service will secure publisher rights while maintaining ease of use for users.
Adobe Digital Editions requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, a PowerPC G4 or G5 processor, and 128 MB of RAM. For Macs based on Intel processors, the product requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, 500 MHz speed, and 128 MB RAM.