In Safeguard Secure PDF Writer, choose the ebook protection options:
Ebook Protection and DRM security
Ebook protection or ebook copy protection is the application of security controls to an ebook to produce a result consistent with the needs of the ebook publisher. This could be who is entitled to use the ebook, whether they can transform it, copy it, obtain printed copies, etc.
Ebook security lets publishers protect e-books against unauthorized distribution and use (stop sharing & copying) and prevent revenue loss while still enabling authorized use.
There are many issues to consider (see below) when protecting ebooks. digital rights management is an essential addition for ebook security.
DRM provides an essential series of licensing measures in ebook protection which extend the ability of the publisher to publish safely when distributing ebooks in the digital marketplace.
If you’ve sold, bought, or borrowed an ebook previously, there’s a good chance you’ve already run into other ebook digital rights management solutions (ebook DRM). The most popular offerings are from Adobe and Amazon, with offerings from Nook, Kobo, Google Play etc. building off of one or the other.
The important thing to understand is that these DRM solutions were never well implemented and are easy to remove. Due to flaws in implementation and obfuscation, users can remove the copy protection from ebooks by pressing a single button in a free cracking program. They can then share the ebook with anybody who wants it. The worst part is that because these tools market themselves as “conversion” tools, they’re freely available with no legal repercussions.
Social DRM refers to the practice of embedding visible or invisible watermarks in an ebook that typically contains identifying information. The idea is that users will not share the file with others knowing that it can be traced back to them. Or, failing that, the copyright holder will be able to track down the source of the leak and pursue legal action.
The problem is that social DRM does not prevent the customer from editing the document. As a result, a pirate just needs to purchase a legitimate copy, find the watermarks in the documents code, and remove them. Once they share it, whether they catch every watermark or not, the ebook is already out there and next to impossible to take down.
Another route some self-published authors take is password protection. This can be achieved by either hosting the ebook on a website and requiring the password for access or encrypting a file and only allowing decryption with the right password.
The problem with either method is that passwords only protect a document when it is in transit (being sent via email etc.) or at rest (sitting on the users’ computer). They don’t protect against unauthorized ebook sharing because the customer can just share the password with whomever they like.
Authors and other content creators are often encouraged to register their copyright as soon as they consider publishing their work. Though you are entitled to a degree of inherent copyright protection the moment you create your work, official copyright registration will give you more options should you need to pursue legal action against ebook piracy.
However, copyright registration alone does nothing to protect an ebook from copying. Pirates are usually very aware that what they are doing is illegal. Knowing a work is copyright registered does not act as much of a deterrent, nor does it impose any physical restrictions. Unfortunately, copyright registration is also of limited use when it comes to getting pirated content removed. Most pirate sites refuse to comply with a takedown notice and go to great lengths to protect the identity of their owners, uploaders, and server locations.
Really then, enforcing your copyright through the legal system should be your last resort. However, this is both time-consuming and expensive. It’s much better if you can stop your ebook from being distributed without your permission in the first place.
The best way to add digital rights management to an ebook is to convert it to a PDF and protect it with a PDF DRM solution. Unlike popular ebook protection methods, Safeguard PDF DRM cannot be easily bypassed or removed.
If you’re planning to make money, it’s a good idea to protect your ebook with DRM. Without it, you risk losing a large chunk of your revenue to ebook piracy.
However, it’s critically important that whatever digital rights management solution you use actually works. Sadly this just isn’t the case for .epub, .azw, or .mobi DRMs. Instead, you should convert your ebook to PDF and protect it with a tool like Safeguard DRM ebook security.
Anywhere that will let you list them for sale. While Amazon likely won’t let you list protected PDF files, other retailers will. You can also sell them on your own website and make use of the e-commerce add-on for automation.
On a Windows, Mac OS, iOS, or Android device – so long as they’re authorized to do so.