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Copy Protection of E-books/PDF File


 
joshuashapiro17 Does anyone know of a software that is available that creates copy protectionn on a file level for a PDF formatted e-book

don't visit this forum much, so if someone knows of something and can send us a quick email we would be very appreciative

Joshua Shapiro


Posted on: 9:19 am on May 22, 2003
tschurter Adobe Acrobat has this functionality in the Distiller settings.

But do you want to use it for? There has been little, if any, evidence to support reduction in sales of ebooks that are not secure, but the issues of secure documents for ease of use IS an issue.

Guess it depends on what you are trying to do.


Posted on: 3:14 am on February 27, 2004
ShawnP Hello,

I was referred to this post by a friend...

You are looking for the Virtual Vault. It is the only affordable total security solution, and it now protects PDF ebooks too! You can monitor the usage of your ebooks and even revoke access from refunded customers.

Try it for a month athttp://www.CBProtect.com


Posted on: 12:15 am on March 19, 2004
ROMmel Hey Shawn,

What happens with your system if I don't like it and I want out.
Ok I'm sure you let me out..but what about the files
I have distributed through your system?

Do they continue to function if open etc..

regards
ROMmel


Posted on: 9:49 am on February 9, 2005
Anthony Ellis Some available ebook authorization systems will unlock all of your files if you cancel your account. This is an unfortunate practice and requires that you use the service indefinitely!

My advanced document protection system File Secure Pro locks all files if you cancel the service so as to not compromise your file security. You also have the ability to contact all of your existing file users to notify them of this and provide alternate file solutions.


Posted on: 11:19 pm on February 14, 2005
Storyman Anthony,

Sounds like a convenient service to have all of the customers contacted once they leave the service.

When it comes to leaving the service why not let the publisher determine if they want the ebooks remain locked or unlocked. There are going to be publishers who (for one reason or another) are going to go out of business.

The one thing that keeps me from using a protection service is that they require the entire ebook to be locked. The disadvantage being that it strikes dead any possibility of viral type marketing.


Posted on: 1:29 am on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis That is true it will eliminate the possibility of viral marketing, but you could simply create two separate files. One for the free chapters and another for the entire material.

Posted on: 5:47 am on February 15, 2005
Storyman I've looked into the possibility of two version as you suggested, but nixed it because it really defeats the purpose of viral marketing.

Basically, my preference is to remove as many steps for the consumer to make a purchase as possible. Each step introduces another evaluation level for the consumer.

Are you going to offer sales completion as well? Meaning if someone downloads the ebook from my site and decides to purchase it they can click one button that will complete the sale on your site. I'm not thinking in rebranding terms, just sales and refunds--as well as locking and unlocking an ebook.


Posted on: 6:45 am on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Basically, my preference is to remove as many steps for the consumer to make a purchase as possible. Each step introduces another evaluation level for the consumer.

That is true, but evaluation does not always mean hesitation. I don't believe the added step of downloading a sample file and then having to download the full file would in anyway deter someone from purchasing if they are truly interested in the material, but it really depends on the market and target group.




Are you going to offer sales completion as well? Meaning if someone downloads the ebook from my site and decides to purchase it they can click one button that will complete the sale on your site. I'm not thinking in rebranding terms, just sales and refunds--as well as locking and unlocking an ebook.

File Secure Pro can distribute files to your customer automatically. We do not process transactions, but once a transaction is approved by your payment system, File Secure Pro can then add them to your client database, send their file password, and download link.

Posted on: 7:18 am on February 15, 2005
Storyman


I don't believe the added step of downloading a sample file and then having to download the full file would in anyway deter someone from purchasing if they are truly interested in the material...
I agree and equate it to standing in a check out line. If I need an item I'm willing to stand in a long check out line. That's if I really need it. Otherwise, I'll put the item back and leave. Most of what people buy is not essential nor if they think about it something that they truly need. Why inject reasons for reconsideration of any purchase?


File Secure Pro can distribute files to your customer automatically.
Are you storing the ebook on your site? If so, is there a charge for the download or bandwidth used? Or are you saying that a link is sent to the buyer which links to my site?

Also, one of the main features that I like about Activ is that the registration of an ebook is locked into the hard drive's serial number, which means that there is little likelihood of that ebook working on a friends machine.

It would appear that in order to use your system with Activ it requires the entire ebook unlocked--otherwise the user would need to complete another registration process.

What happens if a legit owner wants to use the ebook on a different machine other than the one they used for the purchase? Is it possible for them to lock the ebook on one machine, then unlock another copy on a different machine? Are there any additional fees for locking and unlocking ebooks or is it one flat rate for everything?

Since this is a fee based service is there any guarantee/warranty as to what financial responsibility that you will assume in order to compensate ebook publishers as to the loss of revenue in case the system fails? I realize that nothing can be absolute, but how are we, the buyers of the service, going to be assured that the ebooks associated with your service are going to be protected?

(Edited by Storyman at 12:28 am on Feb. 15, 2005)


Posted on: 8:14 am on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Why inject reasons for reconsideration of any purchase?
If the simple act of downloading a file prevents someone from purchasing your material, then they don't really want it. I guarantee your prospects will jump through hoops for your information if it something that they are dying to get their hands on.



Are you storing the ebook on your site? If so, is there a charge for the download or bandwidth used? Or are you saying that a link is sent to the buyer which links to my site?
Customer are emailed a download link to the file. You have the option to store the file on our server or your own.

Posted on: 6:51 pm on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


What happens if a legit owner wants to use the ebook on a different machine other than the one they used for the purchase? Is it possible for them to lock the ebook on one machine, then unlock another copy on a different machine?
Yes. You actually have several options, so the process is up to the owner of the material. You can allow or disallow the moving of a file. If you allow the file to be moved, you can make sure that the file is only active on one pc at any given time. Or you can choose to allow a user to register their file twice on two different machines using the same password which would allow the file to be active on 2 PC's at any given time. Finally, you can simply issue two passwords to the user for. 1 for each location.



Are there any additional fees for locking and unlocking ebooks or is it one flat rate for everything?
No. The fee is a flat monthly rate, plus the disk space storage fee.

Posted on: 6:53 pm on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Since this is a fee based service is there any guarantee/warranty as to what financial responsibility that you will assume in order to compensate ebook publishers as to the loss of revenue in case the system fails? I realize that nothing can be absolute, but how are we, the buyers of the service, going to be assured that the ebooks associated with your service are going to be protected?
This is definitely a question that I don't get. Does ebook compiler pay you if someone breaks it's high level security to get an unprotected copy of your document? Does clickbank pay you when their site goes down for hours resulting in a loss of sales? Does your car security system pay you when your car gets stolen?

I am not aware of ANY company that assumes financial responsibility for the loss a customer might incur using their service or product. Your assurance of protection needs to be based on your own investigation. Of course nothing is 100% effective, but you must find a solution that covers obvious holes and fits with your preferences. If you don't do you own research and choose to use something that offers less than secure methods, who's fault is it?

If you are experiencing tangible losses WITH a protection service, then you would undoubtly be losing more without it. SO it's actually saving you money... but such things are not really quantifiable.


Posted on: 6:56 pm on February 15, 2005
Storyman


Quote: from Anthony Ellis on 10:56 am on Feb. 15, 2005[br]


If the simple act of downloading a file prevents someone from purchasing your material, then they don't really want it.

Really? Then why is it that corporations spends billions on market research? Wouldn't they save money by adopting the 'if they want it they'll buy it' attitude? I wish things were that simple.



I guarantee your prospects will jump through hoops for your information if it something that they are dying to get their hands on.

Maybe if you're selling gold ingots at half their value. This wishful thinking appeals to 'get rich quick' crowd, but doesn't pan out in the real world. I'd like to believe in your approach and a few examples would go a long way in convincing me.


Customer(s) are emailed a download link to the file. You have the option to store the file on our server or your own.

Is there an additional fee for storing the files on your computer?


I definitely think services like yours is useful and over time as such services become more viral marketing friendly they will find themselves in great demand.


(Edited by Storyman at 11:31 am on Feb. 15, 2005)


Posted on: 7:10 pm on February 15, 2005
Storyman


Does ebook compiler pay you if someone breaks it's high level security to get an unprotected copy of your document?
An ebook compiler is just that a compiler. When it comes to computers nothing is absolutely protect from hackers. Even with that in mind ebook compiler publishers have been known to offer rewards for information on anyone offering a crack for ebooks compiled by their program.

You, on the other hand, proffer a service to enhance the security of those ebooks. I have no doubt of your sincerity for your service. What I'm asking is how are we, the users of your service, assured that you will provide the protection that you offer.

Rather than tell me that no one asks that question, I'd rather hear about your qualifications and background in regards to this issue.


Posted on: 7:22 pm on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Really? Then why is it that corporations spends billions on market research? Wouldn't they save money by adopting the 'if they want it they'll buy it' attitude? I wish things were that simple.
We are not talking about big spending corporations and their wasteful market research. We are talking about you thinking that adding a simple download will stop someone from purchasing your material. I say if that stops them, then they don't want it. If you have experienced differently then you do what you feel is best for your market. I have not experienced this. My question to you is this, if I'm wrong about the "if they want it, they'll buy it" attitude, then what are you saying? If they don't want it they'll buy it as long as it's a spur of the moment purchase? That equals more refunds.



Maybe if you're selling gold ingots at half their value. This wishful thinking appeals to 'get rich quick' crowd, but doesn't pan out in the real world. I'd like to believe in your approach and a few examples would go a long way in convincing me.
What "approach" are you referring to? Making your prospects really want your information? Is that something so new? I have been in the real world since 1998 and it's hardly wishful thinking. Just look around at some of the recent big internet marketing products that have been released if you need examples of making prospects really want your product.

Posted on: 11:27 pm on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Even with that in mind ebook compiler publishers have been known to offer rewards for information on anyone offering a crack for ebooks compiled by their program.
OK, you are asking about a reward? Your question was about financial compensation for losses. Say you purchased an ebook compiler that worked fine until a new version of windows came out which made all documents unviewable. You get hundreds of refund requests and complaints. Should the ebook compiler be liable for your lost revenue? An ebook compiler is just a compiler, but you see my point.



What I'm asking is how are we, the users of your service, assured that you will provide the protection that you offer.
You test it for yourself. Isn't that how you determine the value or benefit of any service? I can claim all I want, but it is up to you to do your research and verify those claims. Unfortunately most people don't do this. They believe what someone says to them just because. So they happily pay for something that offers practically no protection at all. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

Posted on: 11:33 pm on February 15, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Rather than tell me that no one asks that question, I'd rather hear about your qualifications and background in regards to this issue.
You are misunderstanding. When I say, "I don't 'get it'" I mean I don't understand your thinking.

Bottom line, if you have material that you want to protect, then you must define what specific type of protection you are looking for, and then you do the research as I have. Everyone has different requirements and all systems and methods are different. some people need to block screen capture while other don't care about this. Some want to allow the file be be moved to different PC's, while others are more concerned with preventing copy and past of document data, etc.

When you find something that interests you then test it. Either it works as you need it to, or it doesn't. Qualifications don't mean squat. In fact, the most "qualified" creators of some very expensive document security systems can't stop the fact they can be circumvented by a novice in 1 minute. Of course, they won't tell you that... Like I said, do your own research. Here's a good place to start:http://www.protectionreview.com/overview.html


Posted on: 11:45 pm on February 15, 2005
Storyman Okay, so you've got the insight the big corporations have overlooked in their wasteful spending on market research, but you don't have real world examples. Let's move on.

I'm not questioning your integrity or your ability and feel it is a fair to ask what your background is in light of what your service offer.

Maybe the reason you don't 'get it' is because you see the sale as an intellectual process. I see the process as emotion that is confirmed by the intellectual process. If this is too abstract for you just accept that there is more than one way to approach marketing and sales.

You might want to read authors like Peter Drucker, Seth Godin, George Silverman, Emanuel Rosen, Ben McConnell, or Malcolm Gladwell to name a few. Marketing and promotion is not a matter of 'if your customer truly wants it they will overcome obstacles.' That's just silly and to offer that as advice to your customers is disingenuous to say the least.

Don't misunderstand me. I think the service you provide has merit and of all the services I've seen I'd be more inclined to use your service for trial period than the others because of your opt-out system.


Posted on: 1:16 am on February 16, 2005
Anthony Ellis




Okay, so you've got the insight the big corporations have overlooked in their wasteful spending on market research, but you don't have real world examples. Let's move on.
Again, you keep referring to some big corporation's "marketing research" which has all the answers for you. Which corporation? What research? What are the solutions? You are being very general and making large assumptions, yet accusing me of no "real world examples". Examples of what? Examples of making someone want your product so much that they will fall over themselves to get it? Look around, they are everywhere.



Marketing and promotion is not a matter of 'if your customer truly wants it they will overcome obstacles.' That's just silly and to offer that as advice to your customers is disingenuous to say the least.

'if your customer truly wants it they will overcome obstacles' is hardly what I've been discussing here... I think you are misreading quite a bit. Even so, When did I say I was giving that advice to my customers? what obstacles are you speaking of? Downloading a file is an obstacle? I don't agree, especially if you are product is digital, lol.



Maybe the reason you don't 'get it' is because you see the sale as an intellectual process. I see the process as emotion that is confirmed by the intellectual process. If this is too abstract for you just accept that there is more than one way to approach marketing and sales.

Too abstract, hardly, but we are having several conversations and you are confusing them. My "get it" comment was about your question regarding financial compensation. Tell me what this has to do with offering financial compensation for your losses when using my or any company's product? I guess I'm not the only one that doesn't "get it" since I don't know of any company large or small that does what you are asking.

OF course there is more than one way to approach sales and marketing, but I've never said otherwise...

"Let's move on"? Yes,yes!



Posted on: 2:11 am on February 16, 2005
Storyman Specifically when I say that you are misleading people I refer to your wisdom of "if they truly want it." Do you mean to suggest that you are creating a business around that bit of that obvious wisdom? Of course if they, "truly want it" they are going to jump through hoops to get it, but not all of your sales are to determined customers. Certainly, you have moved beyond that simplistic approach in your business model.

For the third time I'm requesting you to provide your background and as to why you will design a better system than the next guy. Have you had previous experience in this area?


Posted on: 5:03 pm on February 16, 2005
Anthony Ellis


Of course if they, "truly want it" they are going to jump through hoops to get it...
Great, so we are in agreement!



For the third time I'm requesting you to provide your background and as to why you will design a better system than the next guy. Have you had previous experience in this area?
And for the second time, I'm telling you that qualifications are irrelevant. Is that your deciding factor as to whether or not you deem something "worthy"? I doubt it.

Did you ask Sunil as to what his qualifications were before purchasing his compiler? Probably not. You made the assessment based on the product itself. Before you purchase or try any software at a store or online, do you try to contact someone to ask them "what are your qualifications"? "Why is your software better than the next guy"? Of course not, that's silly. What you do is try it. Test it and test others and compare it based on what you need and how it performs.

My protection system is done. It's been in development since 2001 and has a patent and 2 trademarks around it. You want to know what makes my system better than some non-existent "next guy"? YOU must make that determination for yourself.

You want to know more about me? Well, you know my name and two of my websites, do your homework. Now, you on the other hand... Who are YOU? What are YOUR qualifications in determining whether someone else is qualified to do what they do?


Posted on: 6:06 pm on February 16, 2005
Storyman When deciding on which ebook compiler was the right fit for me, I downloaded and experimented with each of them. There was no purpose in asking Sunil his qualifications because the proof was before me.

Your product, on the other hand, promises to extend the security protection of what ebook compilers already provide. Normally, I wouldnt have asked the question if you hadnt opened yourself up to in the course of this thread. My preference would have been to ask users of the service what their experience has been with the service (word of mouth is still the best advertising and falls within the purview of viral marketing).

As far as I can tell all of the risk for the security of the system is carried by your customers. If the system fails the user suffers all of the consequences. So you can see why these tough questions need to be answered.

To sum up There is no warranty as to the use of the service and you are unwilling to be forth coming with your credentials (in regards to providing a secure system.)

With all that said and done youll probably be surprised to know that I would still be willing to consider your service some time in the future. Why? Because you are passionate about your service and offer something that the other guys dontan opt out system that services the needs of the ebook publisher.

If you were to offer a service that enhanced Activ e-Books excellent viral marketing abilities (allowing specific pages to remain unlocked) Id say you offer the game in town. Only time will tell.


Posted on: 10:45 pm on February 16, 2005
Anthony Ellis


When deciding on which ebook compiler was the right fit for me, I downloaded and experimented with each of them. There was no purpose in asking Sunil his qualifications because the proof was before me.
Ahh haa. Just as we all should do. When file secure goes live, you can validate (or invalidate) the protection for yourself.




As far as I can tell all of the risk for the security of the system is carried by your customers. If the system fails the user suffers all of the consequences. So you can see why these tough questions need to be answered.
This is not some "failing" of my company. No software company assumes liability for use of their products, regardless of it's purpose... Of course you are aware of this... Just check the Terms Of Use/Service for any software you own or service you subscribe to.

Here's how I look at it, if my system doesn't provide effective protection, it won't be around long. So I have some cause to make it as complete as I can. Only time will tell, indeed.

(Edited by Anthony Ellis at 12:23 am on Feb. 17, 2005)


Posted on: 12:08 am on February 17, 2005
Storyman


Quote: from Anthony Ellis on 4:08 pm on Feb. 16, 2005[br]


No software company assumes liability for use of their products...if my system doesn't provide effective protection, it won't be around long.
Absolutely agree with you. That is why when it comes to a service (such as yours) that it is imperative potential users not be shy about asking as many questions as possible.

The irony is that you acknowledge that word-of-mouth is essential to your success. It truly makes or breaks you. If you think about it you can see why word-of-mouth (viral marketing) is critical to my business plan. Without word-of-mouth viral marketing doesn't exist. So, I hope you will double your efforts to create a service that will adopt to Activ e-Book rather than the other way around. As far as I'm concerned it is absolutely essential that  selected chapters remain unlocked.


Posted on: 6:53 pm on February 17, 2005
Anthony Ellis


users not be shy about asking as many questions as possible.
And do your OWN research. Just because someone says so, doesn't make it true. There are people out there who will say whatever you want to hear just to get your money (believe it or not).




The irony is that you acknowledge that word-of-mouth is essential to your success. It truly makes or breaks you. If you think about it you can see why word-of-mouth (viral marketing) is critical to my business plan. Without word-of-mouth viral marketing doesn't exist.
IMHO word-of mouth and viral marketing can be connected, but are not linked in such an "all or nothing" way. You do not need to have a digital file to benefit from word-of-mouth or viral marketing. In addition, there is more than one method of viral marketing. You choose to distribute your entire file, while others choose not to do so. There are thousands of viral documents out there that are NOT the actual product or the complete product and are just as "viral" in their effectiveness.

You believe that giving your complete (but locked) product to your user entices them to purchase even more, but that is something others would have to test to verify for THEIR product and market.

Personally, I would never distribute my complete product in this manner. Especially if the product file is a large download. What prospect wants to download a 7 mb file to read a few unlocked pages? Not to mention keeping it on their hard drive or passing it around to others. File size can reduce the viral effect.

Also, the chance of someone simply bypassing the ebook protection and getting your entire document is too great. Of course you would never know about this if it did happen. At least if you only distributed portions of the product they would not have the entire thing to possibly crack. From my experience that would not diminish the viral effect and provides some protection as well. Most people are honest of course, so this may or may not be a real concern... It really depends on your market.

I have a couple of ebooks on my hard drive right now that are compiled with a less than secure software. If course not Acvtive e-book, lol. The author believes that portions are locked, but in fact the locked portions can be easily obtained from the temp directory or other "hidden" directories on my hard drive. Did I notify them of this? Of course. Did they change it? Of course not. They blindly trust their software which is a mistake.


Posted on: 7:52 pm on February 17, 2005
Storyman I think we are finally on the same page.  A 7MEG file is way to much to work with viral marketing because it presents another obstacle for the customer.

Viral marketing is not the only reason for several chapters being unlocked. After the ebook is downloaded and opened the potential customer has a working ebook on their system. There isn't the question of having to download another version (the locked version)of the ebook nor the question if the alternate version will work on the system.

Another reason I want to get the full version (with a few unlocked chapters) onto their system is that they can review it numerous times and once they do make the decision to purchase it is a fluid (and immediate) process.

You and I are comfortable using computers and understand the need to have two versions of an ebook--the sample and the protected version. Unfortunately, there is a good percentage of users who do not share our comfort level with the process. The more steps required the greater the chance that they will bail.

Sure, if they 'truly' want it and are determined to obtain it they will jump through hoops to get it. It would be wonderful if that was the majority of customers, but it isn't.

In other words every step involved can be a potential customer loss point. The more steps that can be removed in the purchase process the greater the chance the sale will be completed.

If my only market was youthful none of this might have much bearing on the final outcome. However, my experience with baby boomers demands that the process be streamline and the fewer the steps the better. Trust me on this point.


Posted on: 8:58 pm on February 17, 2005
27ragbag Nexcopy has a solution to lock the PDF and copy protect the PDF so it cannot be duplicated or distributed.  The solution copy protects the PDF file to the flash drive. It's a standalone solution so no webkey, internet connect etc is required. It also offers the Copy-n-paste restriction, print restrictions and time limits.

http://www.nexcopy.com/usb-secure-flash-drives/

Also supports a bunch of other multimedia files.

Good Luck!

(Edited by 27ragbag at 12:06 am on May 30, 2009)


Posted on: 12:04 am on May 30, 2009
Sumit It looks like nice service

Posted on: 10:11 am on August 25, 2009
rlemire Just a few observations to bring this post into 2010.

Newbies and guests searching for information on the subject of protecting eBook and PDF files should consider this

1) While the NexCopy flash drive protection system might have some advantages, it is not a reasonable distribution method for authors wanting to sell their PDF/eBook on the Internet. Firstly; you can not download the flash drive with a download link -- you require a physical delivery system. Secondly; the NexCopy system is a very expensive way to flog Grandma's recipe book.

If you are trying to protect textual based content and you want to distribute on a physical medium (for eBay etc.) -- why not use less expensive CDs?

2) When dealing with any online security "service" you are totally at the mercy of the service providers. Ask yourself what happens to your existing PDF/eBook if you cancel that service for any reason.

The first thing a service provider will do is close your account. No online service will continue to protect your publication if you do not continue to pay.

What happens next? Does your existing product become completely unprotected (so it can be freely shared)? or does your product become locked shut (so none of your existing customers can access it)? What happens if the security service closes shop?

In any case you lose whatever protection you were counting on.

With an online security service, you also need to consider the over all costs. While it is usually easy to open an online security account -- and the initial cost can be quite low... If you are paying $35 to $65 dollars a month that equals $420 to $780 a year.

3) Maybe its time you took a good look a "stand alone" security application. No online security system can provide a better or more secure level of protection.
With a "stand alone" security application you own the program. You can distribute unlimited "royalty free" PDF/eBook publications without paying another dime and you are never held captive by a service provider with his hand in your pocket.

As expected; a "stand alone" security application not only provides protection against, copying, editing, sharing and printing -- it can also provide sales and distribution management, instant passwords, refund disabling and unlimited copyright protection.

In conclusion, online security services often try to scare authors into using their service, often making it sound like everyone is trying to steal their product. In fact most customers are honest and deal in an honorable way. While "refund fraud" can be a problem, it is much less significant than the long term cost and efficiency of your PDF/eBook security system.


Posted on: 10:01 pm on January 31, 2010
John Abadi Hello All,

I'm the new owner of ProtectYourFile.com (File Secure Pro) and a new member to this forum. I took over from Anthony Ellis last year. I was happy and surpprised to find this old thread from 2005. At that time, Anthony wrote

"Here's how I look at it, if my system doesn't provide effective protection, it won't be around long."

Well, that was 6 years ago and File Secure Pro is going strong, so we must be doing something right.

rlemire, to your point #1, the Software as Service (SaaS) model is where many industries are moving. As evidence I'll point to the success of Salesforce.com in the sales industry. SaaS is becoming the standard because many have realized there are unknown and sometimes surprisingly large expenses associated with installing, maintaining and upgrading server software.

It's within the realm of possibility that a SaaS would have an outage, but that is true also for software that you host and maintain yourself, and then who do you call?

And I must respectfully disagree with your point #3. As a hosted solution, we protect against password sharing, **** ers, unauthorized printing, screen capture/sharing as well as locking down the Windows temp files (which is a hole left open by many PDF protection solutions).

Anyway, glad to add to the discussion.

John


Posted on: 8:01 pm on April 12, 2011
rlemire John Abadi;

Welcome to the Forum.

As you singled out my comments on this subject in particular, I'd like to take the opportunity to reply. While I think adding to the conversation is commendable, I also think it might be more helpful if you took the time to read the comments in question.

My #1 point didn't say anything about Software as a Service -- it was about NexCopy a (very expensive) flash drive protection scheme.

My #2 point was about problems with online "security" services but unfortunately you completely missed the point I was making. I was not questioning the benefits of Software as a Service (in general) or the reliability of such systems.

The point I was making was that authors who sign up for an online security service (in particular) are placing themselves completely at the mercy of such a system.

By contract, online security services only provide protection as long as the service is paid for. If an author stops paying his monthly fee -- the protection stops. Then - either the PDF file will freely open for everyone (no longer protected) or the PDF file will be permanently locked closed (to everyone - including paid up customers).

Unfortunately, you also missed the point about my #3 comment as well. Although I believe HYPrLock does provide better protection against PDF pirates than any online security service, I was making the point that HYPrLock provides additional features not provided by online services and those features are provide without extra cost or subjecting customers to irritating online registrations or constant online logins.

In addition, I was making the point that online security services would have great difficulty getting customers to sign perpetual monthly contracts if they didn't exaggerate the benefits of "tracking" and use "scare" tactics about online fraud.

Sadly, most new authors do not have enough experience or knowledge about Internet marketing to understand the options available or the pitfalls. Consequently they may make rash choices or decisions based on incomplete or misleading information.

Ron


Posted on: 11:07 pm on April 14, 2011
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Posted on: 4:29 am on April 20, 2011
staycygills The Amazon Kindle uses Mobipocket and Topaz and it also supports native PDF format ebooks and native PDF files. Other ebook readers mostly use ePub format ebooks, but with differing DRM schemes.

Posted on: 8:23 am on December 1, 2011

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