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How To Copy Protect eBook & PDF Book Sales

Ebook & PDF Security Explained

Ebook security can mean many different things and eBooks can be protected in many ways. For authors who distribute eBooks online after a successful sale, their eBook protection can be as simple as restricting access to the complete eBook until it is purchased, and only providing a sample or excerpt until then. That way their work is protected from others who have not paid for it.

Another method of protecting eBooks is by forcing the user to read them online. Many eBooks and comics are protected this way and after purchasing the right to read, a user then has to log into a website and read the eBook or comic via a Flash reader that only works from that particular site. The obvious drawbacks with this method is that while suffering the inconvenience of having to read online, and usually from a website plastered with ads, it doesn't prevent a user from sharing their login details with all of their friends. Another drawback with Flash viewers is that they can be decompiled very easily and a recent survey of sites using Flash protection for eBooks shows that most of them can be circumvented by getting the direct link to the eBook's Flash file from the web page's source view.

For a viewing arrangement offline eBooks can be protected by password and expiration. However, this will require protection methods that need a proprietary reader. Otherwise the eBook will not be protected. For example, it is pointless to assign any protection to an eBook if it can still be opened by generic eBook readers, and these readers do get much generalized. To make the same eBook readable in viewers on many different devices like tablets, mobile phones and computers, with each using a variety of different platforms based on Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems, a lot of compromises have to be made. The only option for authors who wish to make their eBooks be readable on all of these devices is to withhold the full item until paid.

Properly protecting eBooks is really up to the author who needs to assess their market, usage and what is at stake should their eBook be copied and redistributed to all. Moreover, if they do want to properly protect their eBook and their livelihood then there is a lot that can be done. More than ninety percent of all internet users have a Windows computer, and Windows authors can use the most secure copy protection for their eBooks with or without the option of also applying user management to their eBook. Copy protection will protect an eBook's from being forwarded and redistributed to others without consent.

This most secure eBook protection is available as part of an all-in-one service that also provides the means of converting and securing the eBook, designing a cover image for it, listing it online in a shopping cart, and managing sales by credit card. When listing your eBooks in the ArtistScope eBook Store you have total control over your customer access rights and document permissions from any computer in the world.

About the ArtistScope eBook Store

The ArtistScope eBook Store is a free service hosted by ArtistScope to provide an all-in-one solution for authors wishing to sell and manage eBooks protected from copy and unauthorized use. From their control panel, authors can create and manage all aspects of their eBook security, sales and delivery:
 
  • Upload original documents for conversion to copy protected eBook format
  • Add special conditions like print limits and expiration dates for a subscription
  • Create an advertising page and upload an image for the eBook's cover & thumbnail
  • Conduct sales online by credit card and manage delivery
  • Manage customer subscriptions, access rights and eBook permissions
  • Use the online eBook cover designer to create your cover art
Server-side software does everything for you from upload to delivery. When you upload your original document, the server-side software will encrypt and convert it to copy protected format with the option of adding additional protection (DRM) to restrict unauthorized use by persons other than those who purchased your eBook.

After creating your protected eBook, you can then create a web page to advertise it in the ArtistScope eBook Store which functions like a shopping cart for site visitors to explore and search for eBooks by topic, author and keyword. All eBooks are listed by category with a thumbnail and brief summary, which a site visitor can click to view its main page that displays more information, full-sized book cover and links to purchase your eBook online.

Ebook Security with Total Control Management

You can manage your document distribution online from any computer in the world with total control and immediate effect even over eBooks that have already been downloaded to a user's computer. For example, you can cancel a document or control whether how many times it can be printed or if it can be printed at all. You can even control how long it will be available for and who can only view it as well.

Online eBook Cover Designer

Use the free online tool to design your book cover image. Our online eBook Cover Designer provides several templates to choose from as a starting point. You can upload background images and photos or select from the free clip art. Create and save several designs for a final selection. Each design that is saved also creates a image and thumbnail for use in our online eBook Store.

ArtistScope eBook Store Locations

The ArtistScope eBook Store comes in different flavors to suit your preference and location. Each site contains mirrored content so that by adding to any one of them, will get your eBook listed in all of them:
 
[  www.copysafe.net  Generic location for International customers

Entrepreneurs interested in an eBook store for their own location and language can email us for more information.

The ArtistScope eBook Store is FREE!

It is free for all authors of copy protected eBooks to list in the ArtistScope eBook Store, and there are no commissions or fees due to ArtistScope for any sales made from eBook listings. The only requirement is that the eBook be properly protected by the CopySafe PDF software.

All licensed users of CopySafe PDF Protector and/or an ArtistScope Hosted DRM Service will be able to upload their documents that were already converted, or they can upload afresh and let the server convert them ready for their protected distribution.

ArtistScope Copy Protection Software

Persons who are interested in purchasing the eBook Store and author control software for installation on their own server can email us for more information and pricing. What will be delivered will enable exactly what you see running on our sites.

Webmaster's Note:

ArtistScope DRM is unlike other DRM solutions because it does not use tokens or certificates, which can be exploited. Performing a web search on "remove DRM from eBooks", "remove DRM from PDF" or "extract password from PDF" will confirm just how easy it is to do that. Instead ArtistScope DRM uses a remote access server (RAS) instead to manage user access rights and privileges. Because ArtistScope DRM utilizes live validation, authors have total control over user rights and document properties, with immediate effect over any changes, even on documents that have already been downloaded to the user's computer.

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DRM Demonstration:

Free demo accounts can be created in one of our DRM Portals for use without delay to enable you to explore the many protection options and evaluate a variety of documents with different protection options applied. You will also be able to upload and protect your own documents, and send them onto friends for their evaluation.

DRM Features:

- Protect eBooks and PDF
- Protect drawings
- Protect photographs
- Prevent all copy and save
- Prevent Printscreen
- Prevent screen capture
- Prevent forwarding
- Prevent account sharing
- Restrict access per group
- Restrict access per individuals
- Prevent printing
- Limit the number of prints
- Limit the number of views
- Set expiration by local time
- Set expiration by time server
- Revoke user access at any time
- Expire a document at any time

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