Adobe has unveiled a new Flash-based Rich Internet Application (RIA) for managing and reading eBooks and other digital publications in PDF and XHTML formats. Digital Editions will also integrate with a new, hosted content authorization service to protect publisher’s rights while maintaining superior ease-of-use for customers. The new Adobe Digital Editions Protection Service, based on Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, will allow publishers to choose from a flexible array of business models, with user-ID-based authorization that supports an improved user experience for digital rights management. Digital Editions also supports Adobe content Server DRM, delivering full compatibility with existing protected PDF content and infrastructure.
Adobe Digital Editions beta is available for free download from the Adobe Labs Web site at: