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Lengthy PDF/eBook?

 ğdo not allow printing
rlemire Usually shorter eBooks and technical "help" manuals are great for digital distribution. Unfortunately, lengthy stories and novels can be difficult to read on a computer.

An obvious solution would be to allow the end user to print the document. However, if you are distributing a DRM "protected" eBook you must never allow printing.

Allowing your eBook to be printed - gives the end user the ability to "print" your document to PDF printer software that can convert your "protected" file into an "unprotected" PDF file. A PDF file that can be shared with anyone or even post to the Internet. (PDF printer software is easily available and some programs are even free)

One solution you might consider, if you have a lengthy document, is giving the end user the opportunity to purchase a "hard" copy of your document. This "up-sell" could offer a discount or a full refund if the customer orders a "paper" copy.

That way the customer has a choice between a digital or paper version and you maintain control of printing and distribution. Ideally it would be nice to distribute a commercially produced "paper" book -- but your "hard" copy could also be a "loose" paper manuscript.

If you do consider distributing a "hard" copy of your digital eBook, make sure you fully calculate the costs associated with printing, packaging and delivery.


Posted on: 7:17 pm on September 17, 2010
wockkelly Good research and gathering of the info.

Posted on: 8:06 am on October 16, 2010

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