Adobe has quietly dropped support for the newsstand aspects of the Amazon App Store and reading apps for the Kindle Fire. Publishers and developers using Adobe DPS will find that Adobe has removed the ability to create an in-app purchase experience and will affect hundreds of companies such as Conde Nast.
Adobe DPS is basically the system that hundreds of magazine and enhanced eBook companies use to sell and distribute content. Adobe has created a custom publishing solution that includes access to APIs for integration with back-end publishing services such as subscription management, print fulfillment, and dynamic rich media ad platforms. Publishers also have the ability to create custom viewers, unique HTML5 stores for in-application merchandising of content and services, dynamic serving of targeted, rich media advertising, and access to more in-depth analytic reports through tight integration with SiteCatalyst.
Adobe has released DPS30.1 and it only has support for native Android apps. This means ecosystems with custom SDK’s such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble will not allow publishers to utilize the system anymore. This will not affect existing apps, but any new apps that are being made.
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