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Distributing E-Books on CD's

clivejive Dear Sunil,

This is not specifically an E-Book question so I hope you will be able to help.

I want to be able to create e-books, burn them on to CD's and then sell them.

Thanks to your brilliant software I am able to do this but I do not know how to prevent people from copying my ebooks and selling them themselves.

Can you suggest any way of doing this please?

Many thanks,


Posted on: 2:17 pm on December 17, 2001
EBookCompiler Thanks for the kind comments

1. I understand there are a few programs/companies that do this.  What they generally do is write info that looks like "damaged data" to the CD-ROM and/or write in a special format that can not easily be copied by a CD-burner or remastered.

I believe a company that offers this type of service iswww.macrovision.com.  They appear to have dealers/resellers all over the world.  I don't have any info or experience using this software, so I would say it would best for you to contact them and/or your nearest reseller.

I am sure there are other companies that offer similar services too, so hopefully you will be able to find one that fits your needs and budget.

2. The other potential solution is to use a hardware key of some sort.  The hardware key is a device that plugs into the PC's parallel or USB port.

The CD-ROM can be made NOT to run without the hardware key being present....  so effectively it makes any pirate copies useless.

In general, users hate hardware keys, but they can be quite secure.

The trouble with hardware keys is they cost money per key, price per key depending on the number that you want.

There are several authors who are interested in having the hardware key option for their projects, so I am looking into this area, as an OPTION for those ebook authors who want to use them.  Please contact me via email webmaster@ebookcompiler.com if you want to discuss this further.

Posted on: 1:43 pm on December 18, 2001
naaldwerk Hi Clive.

I do not understand your problem.

Writing the e-book with our software is great.

Selling and securing it is just as easy.

Step one.
Password all pages except Index.html, about.html and Form.html

Step Two.
Set passwords to 1000.

Step three.
Set your default on protection to Form.html
Use form.html for your user to obtain his password as part of registration process.
He has bought the CD and must register his software.
Use a good Autoresponder with form capture facilite to capture info into your customer Database.
Send Password by e-mail.

Step four.
Add Resellers program into your book.

Nobody can do anything with your book if not registered and what a pleasure if somebody send 1000 copies to peolpe rather than selling it.

Philip Viljoen

Netrepsa Publications. South Africa

Posted on: 7:58 pm on January 9, 2002

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