Stanza: iPhone, Adobe DRM ePub, and Palm Pre Too?

A surprising revelation about the Stanza eBook reader for iPhone, via Twitter:

This, however, has not yet been publicly announced. You’re getting it here first (or at least very early!).

What Lexcycle formally announced is itself a big eBook bombshell:

Lexcycle Announces Support for Adobe eBooks in Stanza Reader

NEW YORK, Feb 11, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Lexcycle, the company behind the award-winning Stanza electronic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Adobe(R) to license PDF and EPUB rendering technologies as well as support for Adobe’s eBook content protection technology. The integrated technology will allow Stanza users to enjoy eBooks sold or loaned by any retailer or library, who distribute eBooks protected with Adobe Content Server 4.


Starting next quarter, Stanza will be able to read EPUB and PDF files secured with Adobe’s content protection technology from Adobe Content Server 4. The EPUB format has gained significant traction among major trade book publishers and industry groups such as the Association of American Publishers (AAP). With the upgrade, Stanza users will be able to purchase or borrow Adobe eBooks from the hundreds of retailers, academic and public libraries who distribute Adobe eBooks worldwide.

That is simply astounding! Suddenly there will be over 1.3 million devices out there that can borrow ePub eBooks from public libraries. And purchase them from any eBook store that offers Adobe-wrapped DRMed ePub (which, right now, is most of them).

Stanza eBook reader suddenly becomes a competitor to the Sony Reader — and simply trumps the Kindle 2 (which cannot do ePub).

And this is very, very enticing:

JavaScript is one of the programming tools used to develop for the Palm Pre. Can Lexcycle have actually hinted that the Pre is their next target device?

5 Responses to Stanza: iPhone, Adobe DRM ePub, and Palm Pre Too?

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    God bless any e-Reader that is PDF friendly. Great news for authors like me who are touchy about glitches in reformatting, etc. A very encouraging development…

  2. Alan Pritt says:

    Be aware that Java and JavaScript are two very different languages; despite what the name may suggest. This is probably more of a sign of plans to build a BlackBerry app. And then perhaps a port to Android which I believe is also Java.

  3. Arp says:

    That would depend on whether they mean ‘Java’ or ‘Javascript’.

  4. Mike Cane says:

    Ah, everyone came down on my non-coding head over confusing Java with JavaScript. Still, maybe my constant whining to Lexcycle will make them go for Pre first, just to shut me up.

  5. Nonjatta says:

    Might be double posting because my previous comment disappeared but Amazon has apparently nixed the Adobe DRM compatibility. A very bad strategy.

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