It is up to the company that produces the Reader not Adobe. They first have to have their hardware capable of running existant Adobe software or being willing to pay Adobe money to port their software to their hardware. Then they probably have to pay Adobe licensing fees. I can assure you that Adobe loves to make money. BTW, the ePUB format is not related to Adobe software in the least. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPUB
Thanks for your reply.
As I mentioned I was thinking of getting a reader and buying electronic books for a couple of reasons. These being:
1. No need to find bookcase room for all my novels.
2. Perhaps they will be cheaper than the paper based version.
3. Lighter to carry around, especially if I take more than one novel.
In my naivety, I thought I could buy any reader, eg Cool-er Reader, and go to any on-line store and buy a book and simply transfer the download to the reader. Similar to how in the real world (as opposed to the electronic world) I can go to any book store (or even K-Mart etc) and buy a novel and start reading.
Now after looking at some e-Book stores, it seems I have to choose a format such as Palm, Mobi or ePub, and even though the specs for the Cool-er reader say that it supports ePub, it's not a simple matter of selecting that format for the novel I want. It appears I need to have Adobe Digitial Edition installed and this doesn't allow the novel to be copied to any stand alone device except the Sony.
The Cool-er Reader website says you can buy books from the Coolerbooks.com website. This book store mentions that you can shop elsewhere if you want, but I'm not too sure how to do that. I guess I'm concerned that I fork out $249 for the reader and find I can only buy books for it from the Coolerbooks.com website and if that goes belly-up, then I'm stuck with an expensive piece of plastic that I can't utilise.
I own a COOL-ER reader and just copied (or transferred) an ADE protected book to the reader succesfully after having authenticated the reader in ADE.
How Did you authorize cooler reader???.
Well, I attached it, and authorized it. I do not remember the details, it's been too long.