Adobe and Amazon.com to Extend Availability of Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader And eBook Titles Worldwide

Starting Today Only at Amazon.com, Unique Titles From Major Publishers

Spanning eResearch to Business to Trade Bestsellers Available in Adobe PDF



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Adobe Systems Incorporated

    SEYBOLD, BOSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE), the leader in Network Publishing,
 and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), the leading global online retailer, today
 announced a global alliance to offer the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) eBook Reader(TM)
 software in Amazon.com's e-book store (www.amazon.com/ebooks).  The site will
 offer nearly two thousand Adobe Portable Document Format- (PDF) based eBooks,
 including several diverse titles from major publishers.  Over the next
 12 months, the two companies plan to extend the alliance to Amazon's
 international sites in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
     Starting today, customers visiting Amazon.com's eBooks store can download
 the Acrobat eBook Reader free of charge and choose from a vast selection of
 Adobe PDF titles.  Among the unique titles are:  "The Blue Nowhere," by
 Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster); "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth," by
 Ric Edelman (Harper Collins); "The Big Red Fez," by Seth Godin
 (Seth Godin Publishers); and "Profit From the Core: Growth Strategy in an Era
 of Turbulence," by Chris Zook (Harvard Business School Press).  The digital
 selection also includes business content from META Group and articles from the
 Harvard Business Review; travel-related eBooks covering specific regions from
 Publications Unbound; and color, graphical children's books such as
 "Barney Is It Time Yet?" (iPicturebooks).
     "Because Amazon.com is a company born and bred in the digital age, the
 company understands that the reach of eBooks is much bigger than mainstream
 novels and consumer titles," said Michael Looney, senior director of eBooks at
 Adobe.  "By teaming with Amazon.com, we will give consumers world-wide a
 graphically-rich, interactive eBook reading experience with the added ability
 to print content.  Mobile professionals and students in particular can
 leverage these benefits with eBooks such as financial reports and course
 packets."
     "We are excited to offer our more than 30 million customers worldwide the
 Adobe technology and a great line-up of Adobe PDF titles that really
 illustrate the incredible versatility of digital content and its potential,"
 said Jeff Blackburn, general manager of worldwide digital for Amazon.com.
     Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader provides vivid representations of
 graphics-intensive books such as college textbooks, cookbooks, children's
 books and travel books.  Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader also features an
 easy-to-use, intuitive interface that allows for full-text searches,
 bookmarks, text highlights and annotations.  The alliance marks the latest
 milestone for the Amazon Worldwide Digital Group, a team dedicated to scaling
 the company's digital platform across categories and geographies to ensure
 that Amazon.com customers enjoy a best-of-breed digital download experience.
 The Group is also working with publishers to maximize sales of their digital
 content online.
 
     About Adobe Systems Incorporated
     Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com) builds
 award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print,
 video, wireless and broadband applications.  Its graphic design, imaging,
 dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and
 deliver visually-rich, reliable content.  Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.,
 Adobe is the second-largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual
 revenues exceeding $1.3 billion.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
 and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.
 Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are
 not limited to:  delays in shipment of updates and/or upgrades to the
 Acrobat eBook Reader and localized versions thereof; lack of market acceptance
 for Acrobat eBook Reader and its updates and/or upgrades; adverse changes in
 economic conditions in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and/or the
 United Kingdom, including without limitation the recent slow-down affecting
 the United States and other geographic areas; weakness in demand for eBook
 application software; and introduction of new eBook related products by major
 competitors.  For further discussion of the risks and uncertainties,
 individuals should refer to the Company's SEC filings, including the
 2000 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed by
 the Company in 2000 and 2001.
 
     About Amazon.com
     Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) opened its virtual
 doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest
 Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards, to
 its more than 30 million customers in over 200 countries.  Amazon.com seeks to
 be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and
 discover anything they might want to buy online.  Amazon.com lists more than
 28 million unique items in categories such as electronics, kitchen products,
 books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, software, computer
 and video games, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items, and wireless
 products.  Amazon.com operates four international sites:  www.amazon.fr,
 www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de and www.amazon.co.jp.
 
     This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934.  Actual results may differ significantly from
 management's expectations.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's anticipated losses,
 significant amount of indebtedness, competition, seasonality, potential
 fluctuations in operating results, management of potential growth, risks of
 system interruption, consumer trends, risk of fulfillment center optimization,
 inventory risks, limited operating history, risks related to fraud and
 Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion,
 business combinations, strategic alliances and strategic partnerships.  More
 information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial
 results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and for the year ended
 December 31, 2000, and all subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
 
     NOTE:  Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and eBook Reader are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
 United States and/or other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Adobe Systems Incorporated
    SEYBOLD, BOSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE), the leader in Network Publishing,
 and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), the leading global online retailer, today
 announced a global alliance to offer the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) eBook Reader(TM)
 software in Amazon.com's e-book store (www.amazon.com/ebooks).  The site will
 offer nearly two thousand Adobe Portable Document Format- (PDF) based eBooks,
 including several diverse titles from major publishers.  Over the next
 12 months, the two companies plan to extend the alliance to Amazon's
 international sites in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
     Starting today, customers visiting Amazon.com's eBooks store can download
 the Acrobat eBook Reader free of charge and choose from a vast selection of
 Adobe PDF titles.  Among the unique titles are:  "The Blue Nowhere," by
 Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster); "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth," by
 Ric Edelman (Harper Collins); "The Big Red Fez," by Seth Godin
 (Seth Godin Publishers); and "Profit From the Core: Growth Strategy in an Era
 of Turbulence," by Chris Zook (Harvard Business School Press).  The digital
 selection also includes business content from META Group and articles from the
 Harvard Business Review; travel-related eBooks covering specific regions from
 Publications Unbound; and color, graphical children's books such as
 "Barney Is It Time Yet?" (iPicturebooks).
     "Because Amazon.com is a company born and bred in the digital age, the
 company understands that the reach of eBooks is much bigger than mainstream
 novels and consumer titles," said Michael Looney, senior director of eBooks at
 Adobe.  "By teaming with Amazon.com, we will give consumers world-wide a
 graphically-rich, interactive eBook reading experience with the added ability
 to print content.  Mobile professionals and students in particular can
 leverage these benefits with eBooks such as financial reports and course
 packets."
     "We are excited to offer our more than 30 million customers worldwide the
 Adobe technology and a great line-up of Adobe PDF titles that really
 illustrate the incredible versatility of digital content and its potential,"
 said Jeff Blackburn, general manager of worldwide digital for Amazon.com.
     Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader provides vivid representations of
 graphics-intensive books such as college textbooks, cookbooks, children's
 books and travel books.  Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader also features an
 easy-to-use, intuitive interface that allows for full-text searches,
 bookmarks, text highlights and annotations.  The alliance marks the latest
 milestone for the Amazon Worldwide Digital Group, a team dedicated to scaling
 the company's digital platform across categories and geographies to ensure
 that Amazon.com customers enjoy a best-of-breed digital download experience.
 The Group is also working with publishers to maximize sales of their digital
 content online.
 
     About Adobe Systems Incorporated
     Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com) builds
 award-winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print,
 video, wireless and broadband applications.  Its graphic design, imaging,
 dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and
 deliver visually-rich, reliable content.  Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.,
 Adobe is the second-largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual
 revenues exceeding $1.3 billion.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
 and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.
 Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are
 not limited to:  delays in shipment of updates and/or upgrades to the
 Acrobat eBook Reader and localized versions thereof; lack of market acceptance
 for Acrobat eBook Reader and its updates and/or upgrades; adverse changes in
 economic conditions in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and/or the
 United Kingdom, including without limitation the recent slow-down affecting
 the United States and other geographic areas; weakness in demand for eBook
 application software; and introduction of new eBook related products by major
 competitors.  For further discussion of the risks and uncertainties,
 individuals should refer to the Company's SEC filings, including the
 2000 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed by
 the Company in 2000 and 2001.
 
     About Amazon.com
     Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) opened its virtual
 doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest
 Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards, to
 its more than 30 million customers in over 200 countries.  Amazon.com seeks to
 be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and
 discover anything they might want to buy online.  Amazon.com lists more than
 28 million unique items in categories such as electronics, kitchen products,
 books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, software, computer
 and video games, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items, and wireless
 products.  Amazon.com operates four international sites:  www.amazon.fr,
 www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de and www.amazon.co.jp.
 
     This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities
 Exchange Act of 1934.  Actual results may differ significantly from
 management's expectations.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and
 uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's anticipated losses,
 significant amount of indebtedness, competition, seasonality, potential
 fluctuations in operating results, management of potential growth, risks of
 system interruption, consumer trends, risk of fulfillment center optimization,
 inventory risks, limited operating history, risks related to fraud and
 Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion,
 business combinations, strategic alliances and strategic partnerships.  More
 information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial
 results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and for the year ended
 December 31, 2000, and all subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
 
     NOTE:  Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and eBook Reader are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
 United States and/or other countries.
 
 SOURCE  Adobe Systems Incorporated

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