Protecting Ebooks & Digital Magazines
Using Safeguard PDF Security to protect digital books and magazines
The biggest problem with eBooks is in their very nature – they are digital, and they are distributed over the Internet. So they are designed with all the potential for being pirated, copied, distributed.
This has created particular problems for authors and publishers – how do you make any money in a market where everything is being given away and also where so many different devices have to be supported?
The Locklizard approach to satisfying the (conflicting?) desires of publishers and readers is to take a flexible approach to providing DRM document control. Locklizard secure PDF documents because that format is reliable over a wide range of display devices. It means just one well established and consistent format regardless of the target environment rather than having to support several formats.
Often an essential feature of Internet selling is ‘try before you buy’, so Locklizard DRM security helps you let potential customers open a book a number of times or for a number of days after first use, and then it locks down again – a bit like being in a bookshop where you can read a few pages but not a whole novel. Or you can give customers so many days to pay, and if they don’t after a number of days your ebooks are no longer viewable.
Publishers may insist that their ebooks can only be read when online, or allow offline use, and there are viewers available for the Windows, Mac, iOS and Android environments – and you can give customers a number of licenses to install so that they can choose several environments to enjoy their purchase – without being able to readily pirate it. These features help get around complaints that customers cannot choose the device they want to use to read documents – sometimes wanting to switch readily from one device to another. And if your customers don’t want to install a Viewer then they can view your ebooks securely online using our Web Viewer.
Publishers can license their PDF documents without expiry dates (just like a normal book) or set a specific end date if it is a book that is revised on a strict basis.
Publishers can also publish magazines, using the Locklizard publication feature. This means that someone can have a subscription (3 months, a year and so on) and for that time they can automatically read any PDF protected documents that are part of the publication without having to do anything. Publishers can decide whether or not they can view back copies. And if their subscription is extended the customer can update their license by going online with each device and picking up the new license.
With Safeguard PDF Security you don’t even need to know who the end customer is in order to assign document access. Using Safeguard’s ecommerce integration, customers can purchase ebooks / magazines and receive their license information (or login information if using Web Publisher) instantly. Customers are automatically created on the Locklizard administration system and assigned document access according to the ebooks they have purchased. So your secure ebooks and digital magazines are instantly available once a purchase has been made.
If you have hundreds or thousands of ebooks and magazines to protect then using Safeguard’s command line encryption will speed this process up. You can set the DRM controls you want to apply just the once, and run this command against all the ebooks / magazines you want to protect. This also simplifies multiple people protecting ebooks and magazines and ensures a consistent document security approach across all your publications.
Locklizard Safeguard is therefore a feature rich system for providing PDF DRM controls that support and enhance eBook publishing and digital magazine publishing over the Internet.