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Adobe and Barnes & Noble.com Team to Offer PDF-Based eBooks

Press release from the issuing company

San Jose, Calif., (January 29, 2001) (Nasdaq:ADBE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated and Barnes & Noble.com (Nasdaq: BNBN)(www.bn.com) today announced the availability of the free Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader™ 2.0 and a range of new graphics-rich Portable Document Format (PDF)-based eBooks. For a limited time "Survivor II: The Field Guide," an exclusive title about the upcoming season of the blockbuster television program "Survivor: The Australian Outback," will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.com for the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader. The eBook, published by TV Books, contains interactive components, including a printable scorecard enabling users to participate in the show week by week. Additional new eBook titles formatted for the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader available today from Barnes & Noble.com include: "Orpheus Emerged," by Jack Kerouac, published by LiveREADS; "Evolve!" by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, published by Harvard Business Press; "The Physicians Desk Reference: The Family Guide to Prescription Drugs" published by Medical Economics Co.; "The Playground," by Ray Bradbury, published by RosettaBooks, LLC; and "Personal Injuries" by Scott Turow, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which is digitally signed by the author. The Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0, an upgrade to the Glassbook Reader, which Adobe acquired last year, offers consumers vivid, visually accurate representations of graphics-intensive eBooks, such as cookbooks, children's books, college textbooks and travel books. eBooks delivered in Acrobat eBook Reader 2.0 and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) offer a rich, high-fidelity experience that can display, and when enabled by publishers, print electronic titles with colorful pictures, complex graphics and rich fonts, exactly as intended by the publisher. "The Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader provides the most true-to-print rendition of graphics-intensive texts that I've seen," said Michael Fragnito, vice president, Publishing at Barnes & Noble.com. "The use of Adobe PDF allows readers to have the same visual experience as reading a printed book, but with the added benefit of interactivity and the option for the publishers to allow printing."

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