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September 5, 2000 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Dueling E-Book Announcements at Seybold

Archrivals in the war for e-book standards and domination, Microsoft and Adobe Systems, both made major announcements at the recent Seybold San Francisco 2000 Publishing event. Microsoft announced that Amazon.com has chosen the Microsoft Reader as its preferred e-book format for its upcoming e-bookstore, which hopes to launch by the end of the year. Microsoft will create a customized Amazon.com version of Microsoft Reader, giving consumers the ability to purchase and download e-book titles directly from Amazon.com and read them in Microsoft Reader format. The format complies with the emerging Open eBook standard. Microsoft already has an arrangement with the barnesandnoble.com e-book store to provide e-books in Microsoft Reader format.

Adobe, promoting its own e-book standard, announced plans to greatly expand the availability of e-books in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) at the barnesandnoble.com eBookStore, which has a head start over Amazon in e-book sales. Adobe also rolled out a flock of other announcements, including the introduction of some new products, new alliances, and the purchase of Glassbook, Inc., a developer of e-book software that's based on the PDF format. The Glassbook Reader technology will be integrated into future versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Through the Glassbook Content Server, Adobe will enable publishers to distribute their work electronically in the secure Adobe PDF format and facilitate business and e-commerce transactions.

Sources: Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems, Inc.



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