GSMA Mobile World Congress: Adobe unveils mobile eBook SDK


GSMA Mobile World Congress: Adobe unveils mobile eBook SDK

Antony Savvas

Adobe has announced a new eBook and PDF support for mobile devices.

An Adobe software development kit enables reflowable PDF and content protection for smartphones and reading devices.

Adobe announced the SDK at the GSMA Mobile World Congress. It is designed to enable companies to deliver mobile phones and handheld devices that can easily download, manage, and display PDF content and eBooks.

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.

In support of the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK, a number of companies announced plans to ship devices or applications in 2009 that integrate the new Adobe technology, including Bookeen, iRex Technologies, Lexcycle, Plastic Logic, Polymer Vision, and Spring Design.

The Adobe Reader Mobile engine is already integrated into the Reader Digital Book device by Sony.

"With Adobe Reader Mobile SDK, Adobe is expanding the reach of PDF content, making it easier for mobile users to engage with rich digital publications on the go," said Kevin Lynch, vice-president and general manager of the Acrobat family of products at Adobe.

"Consumers are demanding content that looks great on a small screen and publishers want to ensure a viewing experience that enhances their brand and, where appropriate, protects their content. This new software engine delivers on both expectations," he said.

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