Copy-protect a book?
September 12, 2006 4:18 PM Subscribe
A few years a book of mine was published by a well-known house. Now it is out of print. Last time I looked, a used copy cost $1,000 on amazon.com.
posted by londongeezer to Technology (37 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Despite such indications of continuing interest and demand, the original publisher does not want to reprint the book. The publisher's point is, it was a very expensive book to produce: hundreds of pages, hundreds of colour plates. I believe I may be able to regain the rights to the book and republish it myself. But I also balk at paying tens of thousands of dollars (maybe more) to print it. I would like to redesign it and offer it as a web download, for a modest but not entirely negligible sum, maybe $25.
My question is: assuming my book is offered as a pdf file (no other type springs to mind as offering both instant readability and unvarying design/formatting on all computers), is there a way to limit a purchaser's ability to make copies of the file? I want something like the existing copy protection systems for music. Put simply, I would like anyone who buys the digitised book to be unable to pass a digital copy on to anyone else (although I wouldn't limit their ability to print a hard copy).