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Adobe Digital Store Debuts With Thousands of Titles From Leading Publishers

Press release from the issuing company

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Dec. 17, 2003-- Adobe Systems Incorporated today opened the Adobe Digital Media Store, an online retail site that offers a wide variety of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) digital content. The Adobe Digital Media Store has thousands of titles for immediate download, including Adobe PDF eBooks, links to digital magazines and newspapers, maps, research reports, and other documents in PDF. Consumers can now find the store online at www.digitalmediastore.adobe.com, or by simply clicking the 'Get eBooks Online' button in Adobe Reader or Acrobat 6.0. Adobe and its technology partner OverDrive are working with leading publishers -- including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Time Warner, John Wiley, McGraw-Hill -- as well as many independent authors and small publishers, to create a compelling online store that delivers digital content for viewing on any device that supports the widely distributed, free Adobe Reader. Popular newspapers and magazines available through Adobe partners on the site include BusinessWeek, Popular Science, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today. "The Adobe Digital Media Store showcases the huge amount of compelling content now available in Adobe PDF format and provides publishers and producers of digital content with a vital, innovative new distribution channel through Adobe Reader," said James Heeger, senior vice president of Creative Professional Products at Adobe. "There are thousands of titles available on our site, making the store a must-visit destination for anyone who is interested in viewing outstanding published works on their PC or PDA." The Adobe Digital Media store leverages the eBook capabilities of Adobe Reader 6.0. Adobe Reader offers an easy digital rights management (DRM) system that enables users to view content on multiple computers and PDAs featuring the Palm OS. It also enables transparent, easy activation and delivers electronic pages in Adobe PDF format that precisely capture the look and feel of an actual printed page, including fonts, illustrations and complex design layouts. With eBooks, digital magazines, digital newspapers, and other documents published in Adobe PDF, readers can instantly search and scale documents to fit the viewing areas of their computers or hand-held devices. The new bookshelf feature enables easy organization of a customer's eBook collection as well. Adobe Reader may be downloaded, at no charge, from www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. According to David Steinberger, president, Corporate Strategy and International for HarperCollins Publishers, "We are excited that HarperCollins books will be more widely available through this exciting new service from Adobe. Our goal is to make our authors' works available to the broadest possible reading audience while ensuring copyright protection. We look forward to partnering with Adobe to help make this possible."