Adobe Partners with on EBook

The sale of electronic books in Portable Document Format (PDF) is expected to increase on Inc.'s eBookStore, due to expansion plans announced Monday by the company's Web subsidiary and by the vendor of publishing software Adobe Systems Inc.

Adobe intends to make temporarily its exclusive eBook retailer in the U.S., the company said in a statement at the Seybold publishing conference in San Francisco. Adobe also said it plans to have a branded store at the site.

Adobe linked this agreement to its concurrently-announced acquisition of Glassbook Inc., which makes eBook reader software. Adobe did not release financial details of the purchase. Adobe plans to make available future versions of its Acrobat Reader with Glassbook Reader technology to consumers at the eBookStore.

Adobe also announced a partnership with digital content service provider Inc. to develop services for companies to publish electronically, and an initiative with Eastman Kodak Co. to develop a security system for electronic documents to prevent unauthorized distribution and duplication.

In other Adobe news:

-- Adobe announced the release of PhotoShop 6, which has improved functions for Web graphics design.

-- Adobe also announced partnerships with Allaire Corp., Blue World Communications Inc., WebTrends Corp., Manna Inc. and Be Free Inc.

-- Adobe announced plans to deliver content authored in GoLive 5.0 to handheld and cellular devices and GoLive 5.0 support of WML/WAP and iMode wireless formats.

-- Adobe completed an investment in 3-D Web marketing company Metastream Corp. to provide Adobe with technologies for creating and deploying 3-D content on the Web.

-- Time Inc. announced plans to adopt Adobe's new InScope publishing management software for its magazine production.

Adobe, in San Jose, California, can be reached at +1-408-536-6000 or at

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