The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters is launching its first-ever series of federal tax eBooks, the first of which will be released on Friday.

The company’s first eBook is the RIA Federal Tax Handbook 2011 Edition, while future titles including Internal Revenue Code, 2011 Winter Edition and Federal Tax Regulations, 2011 Winter Edition will be available in February and March, respectively.

The eBooks will initially be available in secure PDF form and viewable in Windows or Mac PC using the free Adobe PDF Reader, though the company is exploring plans to release them for Kindles, iPads and other eReaders.

Thomson Reuters conducted market research with its customer base and found they were interested in receiving tax information in an eBook format, according to Jim Fegen, senior vice president and general manager of global publishing at the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters.

“We always try to have an open dialogue with our customers, and their feedback is critical to our success and planning,” said Fegen. “This launch is just the first in what will become a series of e-book launches in 2011 and we are looking forward to continuing to serve our customers information needs in new and interesting ways.”

The company’s nearest competitor, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, in late October began publishing some of its most popular accounting and tax books as eBooks, allowing readers to be able to store them on desktop and laptop computers, as well as Apple iPads and iPhones.

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