Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat eBook reader 2.0, the newest version of its electronic-book reader for the Mac.

It's a beta version of Adobe's freeware solution for reading e-books, and is available in English and Japanese.

Michael Looney, senior director of eBooks at Adobe, said: "While electronic novels are getting the most visibility today, Adobe's vision for e-books is about giving consumers in content-heavy environments - such as education - a rich reading-experience along with the ability to print that content."

Mirror Looney described Adobe's mission in the e-book market as one of helping create a "reading experience that closely mirrors what's expected in a printed book".

To this end, the reader displays the pages of an electronic book in full colour. The reader can also rotate the view, and offers single- or two-page displays.

Server solution The company also announced Adobe Content Server, its Windows-only all-in-one system for online book-publishers. The server can deliver e-books (in Adobe PDF form) and take payments for them.

Robin Kuo, president of publisher ComicsOne, said: "We developed our unique in-house digitizing process using Adobe tools so we could produce e-books easily."

The eBook reader (Macs and Windows) is available for free download from Adobe or from Barnes and Noble.