Here is a bit of news from the Adobe camp, Google has licensed their Adobe Content 4 software for the encryption of the Google eBooks offered in both ePub and PDF format.
Recently Google opened their new eBook store and obviously a solution was needed in order to make the ebooks as accessible as possible on not only PC’s, but tablets, e-readers and other devices. Most e-readers currently read ePub has their main format. The adoption of Adobe Content 4 Server as the encryption of choice, allows users to employ Adobe Digital Editions in order to transfer online bought ebooks to other devices, with little to no problems.
Since the very premise of Google eBooks is for people to read the ebooks on their e-readers and other devices, this was a smart move to license the technology. Adobe recently published a blog entry that lists the entire database of supported e-Readers. The entire list can be viewed HERE.
Adobe Content Server 4 technology is basically part of Adobe’s end to end publishing solution for publishers and authors. Part of the pipeline in creation of the tools is Adobe InDesign, Adobe Digital Editions and the Adobe Reader SDK for mobile devices. With Google employing this technology it means that people downloading ebooks are not locked into proprietary file formats.
Adobes DRM technology is currently being used by over 200 companies to securely deliver copyrighted content, including many Public Libraries. Other companies that have licensed the technology include Barnes and Noble, Random House, Sony, Kobo and many more.
via the Hardware Zone