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Protecting eBooks
what to use?

 2:35 am on Feb 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Does anyone have exeperience in creating and protecting eBooks?



 5:56 am on Feb 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have created multiple E-books for my past companies...

By the way, kindly elaborate the term "protecting eBooks". Do you mean to say, Registration of the Copy rights?

Fortune Hunter

 11:28 pm on Feb 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Interesting question. From my perspective I know how to copyright a work with the U.S. Copyright and Patent office, but I would be more interested in protecting the work from piracy or theft on the Internet. Software applications that allow the item to be sold and still control who can get it, open it, and use it would be something I would be interested in.

Fortune Hunter


 7:01 am on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I would build a ebook viewer, that is the only way I would do it. Make the viewer proprietary, you can only view the ebook through the viewer, it can't be copy or pasted. You could integrate PDF technology, that would make it easier to control.

sticky me.


 8:59 am on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

" You could integrate PDF technology, that would make it easier to control."

But, PDF documents are writable at times!


 9:30 am on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Embed the name and contact information of the customer into the PDF file during the order process and forget about the rest.

Have something like "This copy is licensed to: name, info" somewhere in the beginning of the book, around the disclaimer and other notices. Make sure it's visible enough for the person to notice.

That will stop an average consumer from simply sending it to all their friends or sharing via p2p software. That will stop the majority of sharing.

Don't worry about people who know how to extract the info from a pdf file and create a new file. If someone is willing to spend time doing this, there is not much you can do.


 9:50 am on Mar 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi bcc1234, your point is completely valid and appreciated. My point was, should anybody can copy your wealth, how can you protect it?


 3:04 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you purchase a professional version of Acrobat if is hard to crack. Plus I said integrate, they have serial key functions.


 4:54 am on Mar 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hmmm... that would break the jinx!


 8:50 pm on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'd avoid proprietary viewers. If they are not cross-platform, you will limit your potential audience. If they are not printable, you will annoy your audience.

I'd go with PDF. Just make sure you use a font that you can embed in the document. I've seen a number of eBooks where the font was not embedded and Acrobat had to use font substitution, and then the text may not align and space properly.

And, there's nothing worse than an eBook you cannot print. If the eBook is something useful, I'll print and bind it for easier reading and reference. Only eBooks of little value (or too large) don't get printed out.

Besides, no matter what you put it into, if a person can read it, they can duplicate it. You can't completely prevent someone from copying and reproducing your eBook--you can only make it more difficult for them to do. But, you should avoid doing that in such a way that hinders your readers' use of the eBook.

Fortune Hunter

 10:07 pm on Mar 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Plus I said integrate, they have serial key functions

I don't have the newest version of Acrobat, what do you mean it has serial key functions? Do you mean when you create a PDF you can assign a unique serial number to that document that must be entered to open it or something?



 1:32 pm on Mar 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

Digital watermarking is an option to pay some attention on. It is working.

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