Adobe Systems Incorporated today opened the Adobe Digital Media Store, an online retail site that offers a wide variety of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) digital content. The store has thousands of titles for immediate download, including Adobe PDF ebooks, links to digital magazines and newspapers, maps, research reports, and other documents in PDF format.
In order to read these PDFs on a handheld, users will need a version of the Acrobat Reader that supports Adobe’s digital rights management (DRM) system. Currently, that is only the Palm OS version.
Adobe and its technology partner OverDrive are working with leading publishers — including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Time Warner, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill — as well as many independent authors and small publishers. Popular newspapers and magazines available through Adobe partners on the site include BusinessWeek, Popular Science, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today.
The Adobe Digital Media Store is now open on the Adobe web site.
A Boost for Ebooks?
This move may be a boon for the whole concept of the ebook. Ebooks definitely have had a rocky start and hasn’t yet taken a significant bite out of sales of traditional books. And they got a lot of bad press a few months ago when Barnes & Noble.com announced it had completely stopped selling ebooks, citing weak sales as its reason for the change.