Sony Reader and Adobe PDF

There has been quite a bit of speculation on the nature of the PDF support in the Sony Reader PRS-500 product announced by Sony at CES. To clarify, the Sony Reader supports true Adobe PDF via Adobe software. This is an extension of an previously announced partnership that has delivered PDF support into several Sony consumer electronics products, including a car navigation system.
Adobe has developed a profile of PDF for consumer devices and mobile handset platforms (such as Nokia Series 60 and NTT DoCoMo FOMA). Because its implementation is optimized for limited resource devices and consumption-oriented use cases appropriate for smaller screens, our mobile PDF profile omits a number of features from the complete PDF 1.6 specification that is implemented by Adobe Reader 7.x for desktop operating systems. For example, at this time neither of the document protection (DRM) technologies incorporated into Reader 7.x (that support Adobe Content Server and Adobe Policy Server) are implemented in our device-oriented PDF software. Although it predates it, our current mobile profile turns out to be well-aligned with the recently finalized ISO 19005 standard, aka PDF/A.
I expect the Sony PRS product line to be a great success. More on this soon.

5 Responses to Sony Reader and Adobe PDF

  1. Does this mean that the sony reader will only be able to read encrypted pdfs from the sony store and not pdfs from other online sellers?
    Does this version of PDF offer any reformatting characteristics?
    Although there are some ways to put a PDF on Librie (usually printing to pictures), the text is usually a little small.
    Just hope that the Sony Reader will be able to go one step further and allow some kind of customization…

  2. So does this mean that you can plunk a PDF down onto a memory card, insert that card into the Reader and then display the PDF on the Reader device’s screen? The Sony web site seems to indicate that everything needs to be converted on the PC to BBeB (the device’s native format) first. (see footnote 7 on page

  3. A.R.Yngve says:

    What I really want to know is CAN IT READ HTML?
    Because it would be gold if the Sony Reader could be used to read all the Public Domain books available on The Gutenberg Project website.
    PREDICTION: If publishing houses will try to block access to Public Domain files, with various restrictions and deals with Sony, the device will die a slow death.
    (If you think this sounds pessimistic, imagine how the VCR would have fared if it came with DRM: “You can only play films approved by Sony and The Big Movie Studios on your VCR… we tell you what to use it for.”)
    Wanna bet on which is going to happen…?

  4. Eiichi Kitagawa says:

    How about iLiad from iRex? Does it have Adobe’s reader in it?
    I have to read a whole bunch of PDF files for my job everyday, so it will be cool if I could read PDF on iLiad (which seems to have pretty nice display).

  5. The Sony eReader will display non-DRM PDF files, RTF files, DRM lrf files and non-DRM lrf files. It is very easy to convert Gutenberg and other public domain books to .rtf files which work very well on the eReader.
    Go to for assistance.