I have been spending a lot of time reading these forums and still am unable to grasp the overall concept or approach to placing an ebook on the web. For starters my book includes 700 pages of text and only about a dozen illustrations. I have a word RTF version as a master. I have an Adobe Pagemaker 7 master version that is perfect and I believe I still can recover a lost Word 2000 doc.
I am certainly partial to the PGM version because all the illustrations and formatting are in place and have been used successfully in the print version.
Is the best approach to take the Pagemaker pdf version and somehow run it through activ ebook and then use Hprpdf to secure it.
Or should I use the word RTF or DOC version and turn it into a HTML file then try to figure out how to make pages and insert illustrations, run it throught the compiler and then figure out how to incorporate it into my website???
I trying hard to sort this out but is sure making me feel stupid.
Whether you construct your eBook using HTML or PDF content is a matter of preference but if you're concerned about security and password protection consider this....
Most eBook compilers, including Activ E-Book, only encrypt and password protect HTML web pages and the password protection only applies to the HTML content. Everything else, including images, sound files, flash content, movies, and PDF files remains unprotected and accessible in a temporary folder.
If your content is in a Word file, RTF file or other document file you need to convert this content into HTML format if you want password protection. Depending on your skill level this can sometimes be quite difficult. There are programs available that can convert textual content into HTML format, but you'll probably still need to reformat, design and "style" that content.
Personally I do my draft work in a RTF program and (cut and paste) that content into pre-designed web pages.
Some people might find working with Adobe PDF files easier and more efficient. If you have a finished PDF document it's the easiest way to create an eBook but PDF files have a big security problem.
Ebook compilers and security systems (including expensive online systems) promise PDF security but in reality the only security they provide is download (or right of access) protection. After a customer gets your PDF file and is given a PDF password to open the file all security is lost. ANY PDF file with a known password can be easily hacked.
HYPrLock is the only security system that protects the actual PDF file itself. It uses a unique two step approach to provide maximum protection.
In Step1 HYPrLock uses Activ E-Book passwords to ensure only paying customers get access to the file and to prevent the PDF file from being shared on a second computer.
In Step2 HYPrLock uses the HYPrPDF security system with invisible PDF passwords to actually open the PDF file. Your customer never gets the PDF passwords, they never enter the PDF passwords, they never even see the PDF passwords. Keeping the PDF passwords invisible prevents anyone from hacking your PDF file.
Thank you very much for the time explaining this. I have elected to go with my pdf file as it occurred to me, just as you said, I would have to cut and paste 700 pages into HTML templates. I don't think so.
I purchased your Hyprlock app and have one question to date. You say not to activate any passwords in the pdf file before starting this process and that leaves me confused. I would like to know if I should prohibit the copy, paste, print, and save functions when I output my PDF files? This does require a password entry. Or are these security locks somehow performed in the Activ Ebook / Hyprlock process. I'm speaking of the "greying out" of these functions in Adobe Reader for example.
Just to chuck in my two penn'orth, you mention the pain re cutting/pasting 700 pages into HTML templates.... Granted, it would keep you out of mischief for a while, but there's at least one prog that converts PDF to HTML - astoundingly, it's called PDF2HTML.
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