Adobe and eBooks

David Rothman of TeleRead posted some pointed criticism of Adobe’s role to date in the evolution of eBooks. He dings PDF for “draconian” and user-unfriendly DRM, “bloated” files, and for being a format that “does not play well on PDAs, cell phones and other gizmos with small screens”. Ouch! At least David admitted “Adobe is hardly the only villain” in the Tower of eBabel.
While we might not express it in quite the same phrases, David and I largely see eye to eye as regards the industry’s initial wave of e-Book products and services. David also shares my perspective that Adobe still has the potential to play a critical role in the ultimate success of eBooks and eReading. With a thick skin as part of my job description, I look forward to further ideas from the community on how we can get there from here.