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Adding a program

fabian Hi al
Is it possible to include a small separate program inside the ebook when you compile it. Im coming to the finishing stages of an ebook about Gambling and have had a small program made ( a betting caculator) by Rent-a-Coder. I was going to give this away with each copy of my ebook as a free bonus, but I need to know if it is possible to incorporate it inside the actual ebook.
I didn't want to try this without asking some ones advice first.
If i cant do this, then will the password that protects the ebook also protect the calculator on the same web site as it will be downloaded at the same time .
As always your help is much appreciated.

Posted on: 7:59 pm on April 7, 2002
EBookCompiler You can but it's not absolutely secure

The reason is the program EXE file will be accessible on the disk while the e-book is running, so a knowledgeable person would be able to grab it

What I'd suggest is

1. Include a copyright notice in the program EXE file as well as in the ebook

2. Depending on how far you want to go with security, what you could also do is have the program EXE check for (and refuse to run if) the ebook is not running.  The programmer would need to put it extra code for this (he could for example scan for the E-Book's window or memory image.  Another or additional idea might be to pass an extra "secret" parameter on the command line from the ebook to the EXE, and have the program check for this and refuse to run if this is not present.

For implementation

Put the program EXE in the source folder

Use HTML code like this

<A HREF="##RUN('{ebook}\programname.exe')">Run the program</A>

Posted on: 12:32 am on April 8, 2002

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