No doubt eBooks will be a popular item for holiday gifting this year – and now even more so with the new Google eBooks service that uses Adobe digital publishing technology. Just in time for the holidays, Google is adopting Adobe Content Server 4 as a digital rights management (DRM) solution to protect copyrighted eBooks from its Google eBooks service announced earlier today. Google decided to use Content Server because it is the most widely adopted eBook DRM that allows users to avoid being locked in to a single device or retailer when purchasing eBooks.
With Adobe’s true cross-platform eBook ecosystem, consumers can purchase or lend eBooks through thousands of points-of-purchase – including many public libraries – without being tied to one store. For example, Google eBooks users can transfer eBooks to 85+ devices and applications that support Adobe eBook DRM, including smartphones, tablets (via apps on devices like the iPad) as well as dedicated reading devices like the Sony Reader or the Barnes & Noble nook. Consumers can also read EPUB and PDF eBooks on the desktop via Adobe Digital Editions. With over 13 million downloads, Digital Editions is available at no charge and allows consumers to easily read, organize and transfer content to supported devices.
With this announcement, Google joins over 200 publishers and book distributors using Content Server to protect EPUB and PDF eBooks – including Barnes & Noble, Google, Random House, Sony, WW Norton, OverDrive, Ingram Digital, Kobo, British Library, and more. In general, publishers require DRM to be applied to eBooks in order to prevent unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works. These eBooks are authorized to a user’s Adobe ID and can be transferred to up to six devices and six computers via Digital Editions. Users can obtain a free Adobe ID from Adobe.com and learn how to transfer eBooks in the Digital Editions help center.
Content Server 4 is part of Adobe’s end-to-end Digital Publishing Solution for eBooks that spans content authoring, protection and delivery. Using InDesign CS5, publishers can leverage the skills of their design staff to produce eBooks without resorting to costly third-party conversion houses. With Content Server, publishers/distributors can monetize eBooks, securely deliver content and protect copyrighted works. And in the Adobe ecosystem, consumers can read eBooks on the device of their choice – either through 85+ devices/apps that support Adobe eBook DRM via the Adobe Reader Mobile 9 SDK, or on the desktop via Digital Editions.