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
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:
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
- Upload original documents
for conversion to copy protected
- 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
- Use the online
eBook cover designer
to create your cover art
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:
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
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.
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.
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"
"extract password from PDF" will confirm just
how easy it is to do that. Instead
ArtistScope DRM uses a remote access server (RAS)
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