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Adobe Digital Editions 1.0 - Partner Quote Sheet

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Leading publishers, online retailers and channel partners have announced their support for Adobe Digital Editions today:

Publishers

Matt Shatz, Vice President, Digital
Random House
“Adobe continues to push the envelope in enabling engaging experiences for online content in the browser via Adobe® Flash® and Adobe Flex®, which were utilized for the Random House Insight book-content search “widget.” Now, Adobe Digital Editions delivers a superior reading experience for downloadable content that users can enjoy without being connected to the Internet. We are also pleased to see that Adobe is supporting open standards, including the new IDPF EPUB XML format, and very glad about their efforts in making this technology available for portable devices.”

Nancy Aldrich- Ruenzel, VP/Publisher
Peachpit Group, Pearson Education
“Publishers need to think beyond the digital book as a ‘blunt instrument’ that’s read once start to end. To succeed in capturing attention of digital consumers we need to deliver innovative products that make using our content fun and easy. It’s incredibly exciting to see how Adobe is continuing to lead the industry with Digital Editions’ new rich media, interactivity and dynamic content capabilities. We eagerly anticipate taking advantage of these technologies to enable new kinds of engaging content experiences to our customers.”

Neil De Young, Director of Digital Media
Hachette Book Group
“We're encouraged and happy to see Adobe working together with publishers to foster open standards. The support for dynamic adaptive content in Adobe Digital Editions will be a major plus for readers and will bring the reading experience of digital content to a whole new level.”

Pamela Laycock, EVP Strategy & Business Development
Harlequin Enterprises
“With more than 100 new Harlequin eBook titles every month, our readers are eagerly embracing digital formats. Adobe PDF has always been a primary format for us and we’re delighted to see Adobe expanding its platform to include the new EPUB XML standard as well as Flash content for rich media and interactivity. We’re thrilled to be working with Adobe to help realize a more engaging experience for our readers via Adobe Digital Editions.”

Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO
O’Reilly Media Inc
“The future of publishing is no longer tied to the printed page, yet the rich heritage of print and the sheer usability of print mean that we can't leave it behind. Meanwhile, reflowable XML content allows for the kind of agility and remixability that readers have come to expect on the web, but getting it to print has always meant jumping through hoops. A new publishing platform that joins the benefits of print and online into one seamless experience is the holy grail of publishing.”

Online Retailers / Channel Partners

Stephen Cole, CEO
eBooks.com
“We’ve been an Adobe partner since our formation. Adobe Digital Editions represents a quantum leap forward in usability and capabilities and we’re excited to make it available to our customers. The prospect of a single, standards-based format that can deliver high-quality PC display and support mobile devices at the same time is extremely exciting.”

Steve Potash, CEO
OverDrive, Inc.
“Adobe’s engaging new Digital Editions software will make eBooks and other digital reading accessible to a much broader market of readers on PCs and devices. We’re delighted to deepen our partnership with Adobe by developing the new ADEPT solution together to enable secure content downloads for online retailers, libraries, and other digital content publishers and distributors.”

James Gray, President and CEO
Ingram Digital Group
“Adobe is really raising the bar with Adobe Digital Editions and the new authoring tool support in InDesign CS3. As a long-time Adobe partner, Ingram is delighted with Adobe’s new offerings, which promise to pave the way for increased adoption of digital publishing by the mass market.”

Jonathan Hevenstone, President and General Manager
Publishing Dimensions
“The publishers to whom our company provides content conversion and other digitization services are eager to see the development of a larger digital publishing market. Convergence to a single standards-based file format for reflowable eBook content is a key step toward making this happen. As a participant in the development of the EPUB standard within the IDPF as well as a stakeholder in the digital publishing industry, I’m delighted that Adobe is supporting the new format and look forward to collaborating with Adobe as we optimize content for Digital Editions.”

Scott Wasinger, Managing Director, Business Development
OCLC NetLibrary
“Our mission is to enable libraries to offer premium content to their patrons. Adobe Digital Editions represents a significant advance in usability and capabilities and it promises to be an attractive option for library patrons. We’re also pleased by Adobe’s moves to support the IDPF XML-based format standard in Digital Editions and its authoring tools, which should help increase content availability. We look forward to expanding our relationship with Adobe.”

Other Industry Influencers and Analysts

Nick Bogaty, Executive Director
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
“Adobe’s contributions in enhancing the IDPF OEBPS standard to create the new .EPUB format have been tremendous. By supporting EPUB natively in Adobe Digital Editions and InDesign CS3, Adobe is really going to transform the ability of publishers to make a single standards-based file that can be delivered to PCs as well as next-generation digital devices.”

Bill Rosenblatt, Principal Analyst
Giant Steps Media Technology Strategies
“The publishing industry has long been searching for easy-to-use technology that lets publishers create both PDF page images and reflowable XML content in one automated operation, with neither a Rube Goldberg-like apparatus nor lots of manual effort. Adobe has finally delivered on this and is thereby setting the stage for a new generation of publishing technology. Digital Editions should be a key component of the next wave in e-publishing.”

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