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Old 02-17-2009, 08:20 AM   #1
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Adobe Digital Editions support

Browsing the internet today I read on a forum of a Dutch e-reader reseller that Bookeen made an announcement yesterday. They said that the new firmware will contain Adobe Digital Editions support.

Will this mean EPUB for the Cybook?

If it isn’t true, don't shoot the messenger.
But the guy who posted it was an employee of the shop so I tend to believe him.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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i would not be at all surprised by that, after all bookeen did promise epub support for the near future. it would be really great news if that is getting close. did they say anything about a possible date ?
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did they say anything about a possible date ?
Alas, no news there
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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oh well, i guess we'll just have to wait and see... and check the bookeen blog from time to time, just in case...

*me goes to check bookeen blog now, just in case...
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:58 AM   #5
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oh well, i guess we'll just have to wait and see... and check the bookeen blog from time to time, just in case...

*me goes to check bookeen blog now, just in case...
ARGH..... I just realize. It may well be just an interpretation of the press-release form Adobe, as you posted here yourself: Adobe Announces New eBook and PDF Support for Mobile Devices .......

And here I had hope for 10 minutes............
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:08 AM   #6
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heehee... well, no worries. we know they are working on it. and since i visited the blog, i discovered that they have a new partnership with a comics publisher. that should make a lot of people happy too ! (while we wait for epub. )
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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Bookeen has signed an agreement with Adobe to license the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK for its products.
The new software engine delivers support for reflowable PDF technology, Adobe’s content protection technology, as well as the EPUB file format, an XML-based eBook standard with broad support from the publishing industry.
The Bookeen products will be compatible with Adobe Digital Edition Desktop application (compatible both on PCs and Macs) enabling users to acquire and download their content from a variety of sources.
Both the PDF and EPUB support will become available through a software release scheduled in quarter 1 2009, more details will follow later.
http://bookeen.blogspot.com/2009/02/...resent-in.html
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #8
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That's good news.

But that's bad news too. If epub support will come through Adobe, that means it'll have all of Adobe's bugs and limitations.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:15 PM   #9
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Both the PDF and EPUB support will become available through a software release scheduled in quarter 1 2009, more details will follow later.
So now we have a date for an update....
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:23 PM   #10
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Wow, I'll never doubt the power of the Queen again. One visit to the blog and <ping> ePub support in the next firmware.

This is wonderful news. It will be interesting to see if it's only DRM free ePub support.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:34 PM   #11
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This is wonderful news. It will be interesting to see if it's only DRM free ePub support.
The following implies that Adobe DRM will be supported:
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The Bookeen products will be compatible with Adobe Digital Edition Desktop application (compatible both on PCs and Macs) enabling users to acquire and download their content from a variety of sources.
The only reason that the PRS-505 (for example) needs desktop ADE is to download DRMed Adobe content. For DRM-free PDF and ePub any web browser can do the download.
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The following implies that Adobe DRM will be supported: The only reason that the PRS-505 (for example) needs desktop ADE is to download DRMed Adobe content. For DRM-free PDF and ePub any web browser can do the download.
hm. interesting. what about the whole mobipocket exclusivity sack of knots ? maybe they have negotiated a way around that ? or maybe they're dropping mobipocket ? or maybe they're just mentioning compatibility to chat up adobe a bit by pushing their software... i'll be interested to see what happens with all that.
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hm. interesting. what about the whole mobipocket exclusivity sack of knots ?
Yes, I also thought about that.

Perhaps Mobi has wised up, or the manufacturers have applied appropriate pressure?

Given that such exclusivity never applied to PCs, PDAs or phones, I never understood why it should hold on dedicated readers. Other than, "because they can."
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I really can't see them dropping Mobi - that would be commercial "suicide"; instant "alienation" of all their current users.
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Only of those users that are reading books using mobi format. As there's been no research on the subject, I don't see why you believe all their current users are using mobi.

Edit: About Bookeen - I think they might just not have read the Mobi licence (it's probably in English after all) and they might not know the deal with Adobe is something this licence prohibits. If that's the case, they'll probably find out soon.

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