Adobe has launched a public beta of Digital Editions, an electronic book and magazine viewer.
Digital Editions lets users read and manage commercially produced digital publications, supporting both the PDF file format and an XHTML-based reflow format that allows content to be resized to fit the screen display.
The reader is designed to support next generation digital publications that go beyond digital versions of paper books by incorporating Flash interactivity and rich media.
Digital Editions has a hosted content authorisation service, LiveCycle Policy Server, to protect publishers’ rights. It also supports Adobe’s Content Server DRM and is compatible with existing protected PDF content and infrastructure.
The beta release can be launched from within Acrobat 8 and Reader 8 software. A full Digital Editions version 1.0 is expected to be available early next year.