Adobe has released the newest version of Digital Editions, 1.6. You can get it here. Or you will be automatically upgraded the next time you launch Digital Editions. This version of DE does not appear much different on the surface. The real difference in this version is under the covers. Digital Editions 1.6 supports fulfillment from the new Adobe Content Server 4. You can read about Content Server here.
But what does fulfillment from Content Server mean to the end user, you might ask? The answer is that it provides e-book vendors with a modern, reliable system for protecting publishers books. This translates into more content from more publishers. Both in PDF and now in ePub. Up to now, although publishers have been strongly voicing their support for ePub, there hasn’t been a solution that would allow them to protect their books. The release of DE 1.6 and Content Server provides that solution. We are currently hard at work helping the publishers and ebook sellers to get their content ready for stores and libraries.
In addition, the new servers are much more reliable and bug-free than the old systems. This will mean more hassle-free downloads and less support issues. This won’t happen immediately as not all the e-book distributors will switch over right away. But it will steadily improve.
Now that the solution is ready it means there will be more content in more formats and more device support as well, such as the Sony Reader. The Digital Publishing team is working hard on supporting additional devices and will release them as soon as possible.