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Glimpsing a readable future

Adobe puts shoulder behind eBook bandwagon

Science fiction came a little closer to reality on Monday when Adobe launched its Content Server software and the Japanese version of its eBook Reader. The latest prototype Japanese eBooks (pictured) also look much more the kind of thing to tempt people into using this so far lacking device format.

Adobe's Acrobat format files have become almost an industry standard for getting documents to look the same no matter what machine is displaying them. If Adobe can perform the same feat on eBooks, the devices' future looks bright.

Content Server is server software for pumping out Adobe Acrobat and eBook Reader files to devices, and judging by recent tablet releases by Compaq, LG and NEC, an eBook like this would have a decent wireless internet connection.

At a Monday press conference the company also announced support from Japanese comic book content provider EBI. Companies such as Adobe and EBI hope network publishing will become a major part of the publishing industry, delivering content to any device, especially to eBooks.

The press conference was held three days prior to the start of the Tokyo International Book Fair. With electronic publishing's increasingly high profile, a companion Electronic Book & Multimedia Fair is also being held.


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