Monday, November 1, 2004

News Analysis - Objects of Desire: Publishing Digital Objects Nears a Turning Point for Business Publishers

As Adobe Systems Inc. and Yahoo! announce an alliance to merge desktop search tools with Adobe's document packaging capabilities the era of sophisticated digital objects as destination content residing on our local hard drives is arriving. Digital objects in the consumer realm are becoming widely accepted, but they lag in the circles of publishers serving professional markets. This is not likely to be the case forever, especially as tools like Adobe Acrobat make it increasingly easy to consume, personalize and redistribute rights-protected content in valuable forms. Many major business-oriented publishers were caught flat-footed at the dawn of the Web era: who will have the fallen arches as the era of digital objects emerges?
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