Does anyone have experience creating a copy protected eBook?
January 2, 2006 9:26 AM Subscribe
I have a client who has written a book that has been moderately successful in her field and she wants to create an eBook to sell online as well. Like any small volume author, she is concerned about sharing of her book in electronic format and is looking for a DRM solution.
In my mind, Adobe eBooks are the most compatible and easy to distribute, but while they can be password protected, they have no inherent DRM to prevent copying to multiple machines.
Microsoft's eReader (.LIT) would be next. It's pretty widely distributed and does have DRM available in the paid version. However, it seems that protection may have been cracked
. I'm not super keen on tying something to MS security if I can avoid it but not completely against it, either.
The 3rd option I can see are the millions of various 3rd party eBook creators. Most make executables which tend to be pretty bad to use and only available for Windows.
None of these solutions seem like an obvious winner. Any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated.
posted by aaronh to computers & internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Also, I want to make sure this doesn't turn into a DRM/Open debate. As a software engineer who's written copy protected software in the past, I'm well aware of the problems and pitfalls of DRM and copy protection. My suggestion, like I imagine many of yours would be, is to protect the download and not the content, but that's out of my hands at this point.