How to best safeguard your Ebook from theft & illegal distribution?

by smak
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Hi guys

It's very obvious that ebooks are great for saving time and money hassles usually involved in physical books.

Plus buyers get instant gratification which is a great selling point.

But what about the risk of unscruplous buyers sharing you ebook and distributing it illegally online or offline.

How can you most secure your ebook fom such eventuality?

So my question is how best to put security arrangements in place before marketing the ebook so that it does not get abused i.e distributed illegally? Any recomm. for best software programs to help in this case.

Thanks in advance for any feedback, especially if you share your personal experiences.
#distribution #ebook #illegal #safeguard #theft
  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    there are many programs available that you will hear about in posts to come,
    the best advice that I can give to you is to not waste time on getting your ebook out,
    as there will never be enough protection.
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    • Profile picture of the author smak
      Originally Posted by Lou Diamond View Post

      Hello,
      there are many programs available that you will hear about in posts to come,
      the best advice that I can give to you is to not waste time on getting your ebook out,
      as there will never be enough protection.
      Lou, but I am small time publisher who cannot really afford hefty costs involved in offset printing.

      Print on Demand is more viable option because you can finance the printing by taking orders before delivering the book. This is bit risky in sense that if you get your pyment processor freezing or holding your monies which you are relying in first place to pay the printers.

      Hence the move towards the direction of digital version of the book.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    If your book is on the internet, it will get hijacked, that can be depended on. You can use something like Dlguard that is sold by a member of this forum but I forget his name. I am sure you will find it if you use Google.

    Spend your time on getting more people to buy the product and don't waste too much time worrying about those few that will steal it. Your time will be much better spent on generating more sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Protecting your download-site is one thing ... but of course that doesn't stop anyone who's bought the e-book from circulating it, uploading it to torrent sites, and so on. (In other words, it isn't much good).

    The two main options, it seems, are ...

    (a) Use a .exe-file instead of a PDF, or ...

    (b) Use something like e-Junkie's "stamp-device" which stamps the buyer's personal details and transaction number on each page of a PDF before they download it, in an attempt to discourage "sharing".

    Every time this has been discussed here (and I've started threads about it, myself), I've learned/re-learned five main things ...

    (i) Some internet marketers hate .exe-file e-books, they believe that Mac users can't read them, they don't want to open them themselves and they believe that customers don't want to open them either - some even believe that their customers would need to be connected to the internet just to read one (some of this isn't true at all, but it's what people believe, and sometimes the perception is more significant than the reality);

    (ii) Other internet marketers have sold tens of thousands of .exe-file e-books - probably not to internet marketers! - without anyone ever requesting a refund for that reason (though I'm sure they make it clear on the sales page, before people pay, that it's a .exe-file e-book);

    (iii) Some people - strangely - believe that the fact that there's no such thing as "total security" means that the high relative security you can easily arrange isn't worth having (not easy to account for this view);

    (iv) Some people believe that "if people are going to steal your e-book or download it illegally, they were never going to be paying customers anyway" and that because of that, your financial loss caused by thieves is actually negligibly small (this one's nonsense: the world is full of people who will look around for an illegal download of an e-book they want but then buy it if they can't find one - and people who don't accept that don't live on the same planet as me);

    (v) There are even people who think that being concerned enough about this issue to want to discuss it at all is "negativity" (bit of a weird one, there - can't quite account for it: I always feel like asking them if they lock their front doors when they go out, or regard that as "negativity").

    I'm "just saying" ...
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    • Profile picture of the author ToniMaltano
      Actually I had a guy, a subsciber, last year who wrote me an email telling me that he feels so miserable and bad because he searched everywhere on the internet if he could find a site where he could download my product for free. While he was searching he realised that there is no site that is sharing my product so he decided to buy it.

      He said sorry a hundred times in that email lol and told me that he would feel miserable because he wanted to download it on the torrent site instead of paying for something that cost a lot of hard work to create.

      So keep blowing out those DMCA takedown orders warriors.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (iv) Some people believe that "if people are going to steal your e-book or download it illegally, they were never going to be paying customers anyway" and that because of that, your financial loss caused by thieves is actually negligibly small (this one's nonsense: the world is full of people who will look around for an illegal download of an e-book they want but then buy it if they can't find one - and people who don't accept that don't live on the same planet as me);
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      • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
        Originally Posted by Toni Maltano View Post

        Actually I had a guy, a subsciber, last year who wrote me an email telling me that he feels so miserable and bad because he searched everywhere on the internet if he could find a site where he could download my product for free. While he was searching he realised that there is no site that is sharing my product so he decided to buy it.

        He said sorry a hundred times in that email lol and told me that he would feel miserable because he wanted to download it on the torrent site instead of paying for something that cost a lot of hard work to create.

        So keep blowing out those DMCA takedown orders warriors.
        Are those DMCA orders pretty effective? Can people just ignore them?
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

          Are those DMCA orders pretty effective? Can people just ignore them?
          They're enormously effective.

          I have a standard one ready (just "fill-in-the-blanks and send out" - I only use it after a preliminary inquiry/warning has gone ignored). I send it to the offender with a copy to their registrar, their host and Google. Very occasionally it won't work (someone can be using "bulletpoof hosting in Nepal" or whatever, but even then, if they don't want to take the risk that Google can de-index their site, they'll comply immediately).
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          • Profile picture of the author Ruka
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            They're enormously effective.

            I have a standard one ready (just "fill-in-the-blanks and send out" - I only use it after a preliminary inquiry/warning has gone ignored). I send it to the offender with a copy to their registrar, their host and Google. Very occasionally it won't work (someone can be using "bulletpoof hosting in Nepal" or whatever, but even then, if they don't want to take the risk that Google can de-index their site, they'll comply immediately).
            Alexa, I'm interested, how do you find out in the first place that people are copying your stuff?

            I have heard of some people using google alerts for their name or product name. But for chunks of writing, or an ebook that was stolen, given a different title and sold from a website, not sure how we'd find out...
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by chickenlittle View Post

              Alexa, I'm interested, how do you find out in the first place that people are copying your stuff?

              I have heard of some people using google alerts for their name or product name. But for chunks of writing, or an ebook that was stolen, given a different title and sold from a website, not sure how we'd find out...
              Yes, this is true: for an e-book which has been re-titled and sold from a website, you'd find out only by being notified by someone who's bought/downloaded it, I suppose.
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          • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            They're enormously effective.

            I have a standard one ready (just "fill-in-the-blanks and send out" - I only use it after a preliminary inquiry/warning has gone ignored). I send it to the offender with a copy to their registrar, their host and Google. Very occasionally it won't work (someone can be using "bulletpoof hosting in Nepal" or whatever, but even then, if they don't want to take the risk that Google can de-index their site, they'll comply immediately).
            How is it that those sites that essentially require registration, in order to download a product, are even allowed to exist? It boggles my mind...they must be absolutely inundated by DMCA orders...hm
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

          Are those DMCA orders pretty effective? Can people just ignore them?
          They work because they go to the hosting company of site where you can get the product for free. They sometimes do not work if the host is not under US jurisdiction. You can even send one to Google and have the site delisted. I've done that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Protecting your download-site is one thing ... but of course that doesn't stop anyone who's bought the e-book from circulating it, uploading it to torrent sites, and so on. (In other words, it isn't much good).

      The two main options, it seems, are ...

      (a) Use a .exe-file instead of a PDF, or ...

      (b) Use something like e-Junkie's "stamp-device" which stamps the buyer's personal details and transaction number on each page of a PDF before they download it, in an attempt to discourage "sharing".

      Every time this has been discussed here (and I've started threads about it, myself), I've learned/re-learned five main things ...

      (i) Some internet marketers hate .exe-file e-books, they believe that Mac users can't read them, they don't want to open them themselves and they believe that customers don't want to open them either - some even believe that their customers would need to be connected to the internet just to read one;

      (ii) Other internet marketers have sold tens of thousands of .exe-file e-books - probably not to internet marketers! - without anyone ever requesting a refund for that reason (though I'm sure they make it clear on the sales page, before people pay, that it's a .exe-file e-book);

      (iii) Some people - strangely - believe that the fact that there's no such thing as "total security" means that the high relative security you can easily arrange isn't worth having (not easy to account for this view);

      (iv) Some people believe that "if people are going to steal your e-book or download it illegally, they were never going to be paying customers anyway" and that because of that, your financial loss caused by thieves is actually negligibly small (this one's nonsense: the world is full of people who will look around for an illegal download of an e-book they want but then buy it if they can't find one - and people who don't accept that don't live on the same planet as me);

      (v) There are even people who think that being concerned enough about this issue to want to discuss it at all is "negativity" (bit of a weird one, there - can't quite account for it: I always feel like asking them if they lock their front doors when they go out, or regard that as "negativity").

      I'm "just saying" ...
      Exactly. Anything that is able to be viewed or transferred to the customer pretty much can be stolen and shared on the internet for free. It is hard to stop but you just do the best you can in protecting your products.

      I would not obsess about it. Apple doesn't even require a serial (key code) for their operating system Mac OS X.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by Steven Miranda View Post

        Exactly. Anything that is able to be viewed or transferred to the customer pretty much can be stolen and shared on the internet for free. It is hard to stop but you just do the best you can in protecting your products.

        I would not obsess about it. Apple doesn't even require a serial (key code) for their operating system Mac OS X.
        Unfortunately, Apple is not a good example. ORIGINALLY, things were tied to THEIR computer. All that made it unique meant they didn't have to deal with licensing. LATER, they DID move to the standard IBM PC compatible, and people started getting the apple OS for regular systems. Last I heard, they SWORE that they would change it. It should be easy enough to do. Maybe they already did it. The goal was to AGAIN lock the OS into their hardware.

        Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (i) Some internet marketers hate .exe-file e-books, they believe that Mac users can't read them, they don't want to open them themselves and they believe that customers don't want to open them either - some even believe that their customers would need to be connected to the internet just to read one;
      At BEST, mac users wll have to use an emulator that MIGHT work, but may fail. HECK, the move from XPSP1 to XPSP2 broke MANY! The move to vista/win7 broke others!

      And the better ones DO require periodic connections to the internet. They do that to support their security. There is NO other way after all. mean NOBDY wants to have weekly subscriptions where password change, and nobody will enter deactivation codes. The ONLY way to automate it is through the internet, and the only way to keep them from isolating the copy is to REQUIRE such access.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (ii) Other internet marketers have sold tens of thousands of .exe-file e-books - probably not to internet marketers! - without anyone ever requesting a refund for that reason (though I'm sure they make it clear on the sales page, before people pay, that it's a .exe-file e-book);
      I'd be willing to bet people HAVE requested refunds, and EVEN disputed charges!

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (iii) Some people - strangely - believe that the fact that there's no such thing as "total security" means that the high relative security you can easily arrange isn't worth having (not easy to account for this view);
      Unwritten rule of logic. If you can read it, you can copy it. With computers, it means NO security is perfect. You might disagree, but thousands of companies have thrown billions of dollars at it for over a decade with little success.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (iv) Some people believe that "if people are going to steal your e-book or download it illegally, they were never going to be paying customers anyway" and that because of that, your financial loss caused by thieves is actually negligibly small (this one's nonsense: the world is full of people who will look around for an illegal download of an e-book they want but then buy it if they can't find one - and people who don't accept that don't live on the same planet as me);
      We agree there.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (v) There are even people who think that being concerned enough about this issue to want to discuss it at all is "negativity" (bit of a weird one, there - can't quite account for it: I always feel like asking them if they lock their front doors when they go out, or regard that as "negativity").

      I'm "just saying" ...
      Again, we agree.

      One person I know, who offers his subscribers FREE updates, delayed his update like a month because someone was going to give him a way to protect it. He FAILED! SUPPOSEDLY, it is tagged. That is possible. I won't even say the actual size of my files, so nobody can disprove it. And I am not going to give it to others. I HATED the passwords though, so I removed them! It was a little TOO easy. Of course, when adobe threw the book at that guy for breaking their code(a simple ROT13, as recall), he gave his code to EVERYONE. I didn't have to use THAT, but I could have.

      Yeah, I am still thinking about how to flesh out my little book, etc... I would like to put examples, etc... I'm trying to shoot for about 150 pages of FULL content. But I don't think I'm going to bother with anything more than legal and tagging.

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Some people suggest to put in affiliate links at relevant places within the pdf, so that perhaps you can still make some sales from related products listed in the event it is distributed illegally. Of course, the other side of the argument is that those that may steal your product would also be unwilling to pay for any mentioned within a pdf.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use DLGuard, but that only protects your download location with expiring urls. Once it is purchased and downloaded (and then most likely a Paypal dispute follows so they don't even have to pay for it), it can be distributed.

    I tried the exe method. Hardly sold any and people with Macs requested a pdf because they said they couldn't open it on a mac.

    Tried the method where all the info is watermarked and it wreaked havoc with the links in the pdf and people requested a pdf where the links worked.

    DMCAs work very well if you do find someone with hosting in the US who is sharing or selling it from their own site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    This might be controversial but I'll say it anyway.

    People are always going to steal you stuff, and it's pretty much impossible to stop the scumbags..
    so take advantage of it.

    Include affiliate links and cross sells inside your PDF.
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  • Profile picture of the author xavierfok
    Hi Smak,

    It is really tough to protect your book online. They dont need to use your ebook in its pure form. They can re-write your information. There is no real way to protect it from people with the intention to steal your information.

    That said it is actually a compliment that people take your material because it is good and it works. Besides, much of the information is already available online and what different IM products do is to re-arrange parts of it in order for the reader to understand. I wont be surprised to see that unique products contain whole chunks of information similar on your ebook.

    The way forward would be to keep creating more products and improving them! That is the only way people cannot copy you, because it is an improvement attitude, not a piece of information.

    I hope this helps you in your IM career! Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
    Plan for it to get stolen in your marketing plan. In fact, if it does not get stolen you should consider it a flop.

    Now how do you plan for it to get stolen?

    1. Like others have said, put affiliate links in the PDF. (the exe route is a bad route. Sales will go way down and chargebacks and refunds way up)

    2. Upsell products and services that can't be stolen.

    3. Upsell a physical product.

    4. Upsell 1 on 1 coaching.

    5. Upsell a membership.

    6. Include a companion product, like additional information, details, services etc that they have to have a username and login to access. The only way to get the username to access the additional stuff is to buy the ebook.

    Now if your ebook does not get stolen and you still think it's not a flop... Steal it yourself and upload it to file sites, torrents, post it on forums etc...

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    • Profile picture of the author GeekChick
      Originally Posted by Rob Whisonant View Post

      Plan for it to get stolen in your marketing plan. In fact, if it does not get stolen you should consider it a flop.

      Now how do you plan for it to get stolen?

      1. Like others have said, put affiliate links in the PDF. (the exe route is a bad route. Sales will go way down and chargebacks and refunds way up)

      2. Upsell products and services that can't be stolen.

      3. Upsell a physical product.

      4. Upsell 1 on 1 coaching.

      5. Upsell a membership.

      6. Include a companion product, like additional information, details, services etc that they have to have a username and login to access. The only way to get the username to access the additional stuff is to buy the ebook.

      Now if your ebook does not get stolen and you still think it's not a flop... Steal it yourself and upload it to file sites, torrents, post it on forums etc...

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      Rob Whisonant
      This thread is very timely as I'm on the verge of releasing my first eBook. I've been doing research on how best to do this for a while. Rob, I like your tips and the idea to plan in advance for what will happen -- seems like common sense to make the most of it, thinking about the end user who could still become a customer even if they found the eBook for free somewhere. While also sending DMCAs and being proactive on that end.

      Best,
      Kim
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
    Originally Posted by smak View Post

    How can you most secure your ebook fom such eventuality?
    Something to think about: if Stephen King can't stop people from pirating his work, neither can you.

    However, Stephen King still writes and makes millions.

    You might want to think of this in the same way as physical books. If people read your book without buying it, say if they borrowed a copy from someone or got it from the library, is this bad?

    Nope. You still get your name out there as the writer/creator and if you put your affiliate links on it then you can still make money even on pirated ebooks.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      (i) Some internet marketers hate .exe-file e-books, they believe that Mac users can't read them, they don't want to open them themselves and they believe that customers don't want to open them either - some even believe that their customers would need to be connected to the internet just to read one;

      I'm "just saying" ...
      I actually had one vendor pitch me such a system. It used a license verification code that had to be checked against a buyer database before the file would open. If you weren't online, or the database was unavailable for any reason, you could not open the file.

      I didn't buy it...
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        I actually had one vendor pitch me such a system. It used a license verification code that had to be checked against a buyer database before the file would open. If you weren't online, or the database was unavailable for any reason, you could not open the file.
        I've also seen such systems advertised. I also wouldn't buy those. I think there were far more of them around 3/4 years ago than now? (Maybe "people have learned"?). I'm sure there are both good and bad .exe-file systems.

        Thanks, John. Your posts are always helpful to me and to countless others, I know. I also found several other replies above pretty interesting and am really pleased to see this useful thread.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ruka
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        I actually had one vendor pitch me such a system. It used a license verification code that had to be checked against a buyer database before the file would open. If you weren't online, or the database was unavailable for any reason, you could not open the file.

        I didn't buy it...
        Agreed, that would be bad!

        Though there are systems that will check on the 1st open, then one more time after the money back guarantee period is over. After that people don't have to be connected to the net, but the .exe is locked to their machine so only they can open it.
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  • Profile picture of the author tsneds
    Originally Posted by smak View Post

    Hi guys

    It's very obvious that ebooks are great for saving time and money hassles usually involved in physical books.

    Plus buyers get instant gratification which is a great selling point.

    But what about the risk of unscruplous buyers sharing you ebook and distributing it illegally online or offline.

    How can you most secure your ebook fom such eventuality?

    So my question is how best to put security arrangements in place before marketing the ebook so that it does not get abused i.e distributed illegally? Any recomm. for best software programs to help in this case.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback, especially if you share your personal experiences.
    Password protection is the best option I know of if you do it a certain way.It is vulnerable if done only on PDF but one way around this vulnerability is to insert the PDF into a Word document and then password protect the Word document

    To insert the PDF into Word:
    In Word, go to the Insert menu and press Object
    Click on the Create From File tab
    Click on Browse and select the PDF file you want to protect
    Click on OK to close the Object window
    The PDF document is displayed in Word and if you double-click on the page it will open it in Adobe.

    To password protect the Word file:
    Go to the File menu and press Save As
    Click on Tools at the top right-hand corner of the Save As Window and press Security Options
    Enter the password and click OK, you will be asked to re-enter the password
    Then press Save

    You can delete the original PDF if you wish as it now exists in the Word document.
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    • Profile picture of the author Searcher
      Originally Posted by tsneds View Post

      Password protection is the best option I know of if you do it a certain way.It is vulnerable if done only on PDF but one way around this vulnerability is to insert the PDF into a Word document and then password protect the Word document

      To insert the PDF into Word:
      In Word, go to the Insert menu and press Object
      Click on the Create From File tab
      Click on Browse and select the PDF file you want to protect
      Click on OK to close the Object window
      The PDF document is displayed in Word and if you double-click on the page it will open it in Adobe.

      To password protect the Word file:
      Go to the File menu and press Save As
      Click on Tools at the top right-hand corner of the Save As Window and press Security Options
      Enter the password and click OK, you will be asked to re-enter the password
      Then press Save

      You can delete the original PDF if you wish as it now exists in the Word document.
      - Hello tsneds,

      * What is a difference between :

      1) To protect pdf file with Password.

      2) To protect Word file with Password.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I think its true that there's pretty much always going to be a leak somewhere.

    People pirate everything these days- ebooks, movies, music, computer games- you name it.

    Worrying about it too much won't do much good I don't think. Instead focus on selling it to your customers- even if 1,000 people in the U.S. know about your leaked ebook, there are another 300 million (and the rest of the world!) who don't :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
      (v) There are even people who think that being concerned enough about this issue to want to discuss it at all is "negativity" (bit of a weird one, there - can't quite account for it: I always feel like asking them if they lock their front doors when they go out, or regard that as "negativity").
      Yes, don't forget those who will accuse you of calling your customers thieves just because you want to protect your hard work. That's a good one!

      This is always an interesting subject for a thread.

      I have one ebook that I started selling three years ago using software called Ebook Pro that, to this day, is still not available for free anywhere. So I'd say the software, (which is no longer available, unfortunately) is doing its job.

      And yes it, GULP...., produces an EXE file for customers to download and register on their computer. After selling hundreds of copies of this ebook over the years, I've only had ONE customer request a refund because of the EXE file issue and he admitted to being in the IM niche and also admitted to thinking my ebook was about Internet Marketing, which it most surely is not.

      Remember, protecting your ebook is about restricting illegal sharing NOT stopping it completely. Yet I still see those who say in these threads that there's no point in trying to protect your ebook because it will always be stolen.... Missing the point!

      Looking back now, I have to admit that using DRM software for beginners is probably overkill and that something simple like E-junkie's PDF stamping feature would probably suffice. (I use this for another ebook and it works well.)

      Anyway, protecting ebooks is always something that will be up to each individual. And he/she needs to decide if it's worth it to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    One of the first, at least that I saw advertised, was IMC - The Best Ebook Solution for You . Unfortunately, the owner died several years ago, so there are now new owners, and they promise to recommend the best for you. I don't know how true that is, of course, but the statements they made about PDF non portability are valid and interesting. It is interesting that PDFs have that problem. Nobody ever thought to handle aspect ratio and small screens because it was designed before anyone really did such a thing.

    Yet ANOTHER thing to consider.

    Anyway, ebookpro's selling point was that if there was a dispute later, you could disable it. The person was given like a few runs over a few days and if it failed to connect within that time, they weren't allowed to read. If it connected, and returned an invalid code(like a chargeback), they couldn't read. If it connected and returned a VALID code, it worked fine. Of course, that WAS a nuisance, and DID add more potential for problems.

    BTW it ALSO requires a server, which THEY provide, and registered keys for the server, which they SELL! That means your cost goes up, and your business depends on THEIRS.

    ONE business, about a decade ago, worked its way into intercepting MILLIONS of affiliate codes. It simplified management and tracking. It ALSO provided income to people that referred other affiliates to them. Those links may STILL be in TONS of emails, ebooks, etc... The owner sold it to another company that directed ALL links to THEM! Interestingly, the link now goes to ANOTHER site of the original owner. Many claimed to be making TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars through links to that site, from the target affiliate programs, and NOW, they make not one penny! So that IS another thing to consider.

    To the best of my knowledge, there was NO notice! O course, such notice was worthless, since the attraction here was TRACING that which was otherwise not trackable. Websites generally have tracking built in. Most links here were Email and Ebooks, and such things can't be changed once distributed.

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Murlu
    No matter what, people are going to share files so there really isn't much you can do other than really brand the hell out of your book and make it so good that your buyers aren't really compelled to do this.

    Also, make sure that the subpages of your website are protected from being crawled. I couldn't tell you how many ebooks are accessible just from a site: search on Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kyle Stankiewicz
    Beat them at their own game. Keep all of your affiliate links intact and share it on torrent directories and file sharing sites. Those who will buy will still buy, and those who steal will still bring you some profit. If you let someone else pirate it, they will put their own affiliate links on it.

    This has worked for me in the past. Just make sure it's quality content worth stealing
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyburdes
    There are some programs you can buy, and you can also get a VA to watch out for them. I used to drive myself nuts with pirated versions of my products, but since I just stopped caring and spending all the time I used to spend being mad about and trying to combat thieves I actually managed to attract a ton more honest and legit customers, and make a lot of money.

    I know I that I lose some money, I figure probably 40/50K a year to pirates, but honestly I don't want the people who take the time to search out the stolen versions anyway as they would probably still buy from me and then just either charge me back or refund anyway.

    I could be wrong, but thats my take.
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    • Profile picture of the author authorJ
      Hello,
      I wrote a post this afternoon and asked your opinion on two copy protect software.
      I do not see the post anymore and evidently no replies.


      Has my post been deleted?
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  • Profile picture of the author bassem
    Hey! when they share your products online for free they will spread your name out there in the market and you can be famous in no time, and if your product is worth the money and will help someone achieve his goals he will certainly buy it even if he have it already . Most of them do believe me.So don't bother your self with this and get the hell of your book out in the market
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarketer
    It might be a bit cumbersome for your purpose but a possible workaround, if you really are concerned about theft issues, is to sell access to the content.

    Instead of an ebook or a PDF, put your content in a membership section where only those who bought can log in and read the content on a page or post.

    They have to log in. No theft.

    You can also protect the login details. (IP tracking etc.)

    PS: They could still copy, paste, and share though. ; )



    Originally Posted by smak View Post

    Hi guys

    It's very obvious that ebooks are great for saving time and money hassles usually involved in physical books.

    Plus buyers get instant gratification which is a great selling point.

    But what about the risk of unscruplous buyers sharing you ebook and distributing it illegally online or offline.

    How can you most secure your ebook fom such eventuality?

    So my question is how best to put security arrangements in place before marketing the ebook so that it does not get abused i.e distributed illegally? Any recomm. for best software programs to help in this case.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback, especially if you share your personal experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author Qianjun Befanis
    It's so old concept, nowadays we even run ads to give away our books. You want people to read your books, paid or unpaid.
    I have memory of reading a book other people copied somewhere, but it was an older edition, the book is very good, so I end up buying a new one latest version.
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