Adobe Reader Mobile 9.2 update now available (to everyone who aren’t B&N)

I'm surprised that I'm the only one who noticed this.

Adobe just announced today that the latest update of the RM SDK is now available to all developers. This means that finally ereader manufacturers ebookstores besides B&N can use sell the password protected Epub:

Today, Adobe has released an update to our Digital Publishing Solution for eBooks, including Content Server 4.1 and Reader Mobile 9.2 SDK.  With these updates, book distributors can enable “social” password-based content protection as well as text-to-speech accessibility support for eBooks.  In addition, Reader Mobile SDK includes a number of rendering, font, and color management enhancements.

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So, just under a year from the day when those idiots split the Epub market in two, they released the code so it could come together again. Smooth.

Unfortunately it's too late now; there's already too many current ereaders that will never support the new DRM, and that's going to block most ebookstores from updating, which will discourage manufacturers from updating their existing models.

And don't forget that Epub 3.0 is in the pipeline. The details aren't set yet, but it looks like it will be a huge shift from the current 2.1. Everyone knows it's coming, so there's a good chance they'll avoid this update in anticipation of the next one a year to 18 months down the line. (Or do I have my details wrong?)

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Adobe Reader Mobile 9.2 update now available (to everyone who aren’t B&N)

  1. Why is it too late? Can’t firm ware take care of updating devices so they can do this? I don’t know lots about this as you can see.

    • Yes, that could be done, but I know Sony won’t, Bookeen might not have the resources, and no one knows whether all the little e-reader makers can afford it.

  2. I think you’re confusing eReader updates SUPPORTING it, from eBookstores SWITCHING TO IT. I think it’s a fair bet many eReaders will begin supporting it via updates.

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