How do you protect your ebook from piracy?

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I'm sure you've seen it happen: you write an e-book and start selling it, then next thing you know, it appears on PirateBay. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but as I'm in the process of completing an e-book of my own, I'd rather not give it away to the pirates. So I'm wondering if any of you experienced Warriors have tips on how to protect your property from piracy?
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    There are SO many threads on this subject here.

    Short answer: you don't. You don't worry about it, you don't even try. You make sure your book has links back to your site and your affiliate promotions if any, you hope it goes viral and gets you a bunch of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    I don't. I never worry about it. Piracy will occur, regardless of any method you employ. If the product is machine-readable, then it can be stolen. Instead, I produce a product and then start planning the NEXT product -- keep moving, and keep making money.
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    • Profile picture of the author larry1113
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      I don't. I never worry about it. Piracy will occur, regardless of any method you employ. If the product is machine-readable, then it can be stolen. Instead, I produce a product and then start planning the NEXT product -- keep moving, and keep making money.
      Couldn't have put it any better. Keep moving, and keep making money.

      Contrary to what you think, the percentage of people who view your sales page and then go searching for a pirated version is on the smaller side.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
    Originally Posted by deskmonkey View Post

    I'm sure you've seen it happen: you write an e-book and start selling it, then next thing you know, it appears on PirateBay. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but as I'm in the process of completing an e-book of my own, I'd rather not give it away to the pirates. So I'm wondering if any of you experienced Warriors have tips on how to protect your property from piracy?
    You have to make a few decisions about this.

    Here are a few...

    You can use an e-book creator as that seems to be one of their main selling points, to protect you against thieves. However this will not work on Mac computers and people may have to download software to read your book. Sometimes the people who sell e-book software distribute free e-books in PDF format rather than with their e-book creator. This should tell you the popularity of these e-book creators

    You can use a shoppingcart like ultracart which has a wonderful feature that will stamp personal information on every page of a PDF file so if someone were to pirate the book they would be giving out a copy with their personal information on it. Seems like a good deterrent.

    You can not worry about it. Most marketers do this. Many have been doing this for 10 years. People pirate music and software and have been for years, why would it stop now?

    Most of the time, you are worrying about something that will never happen. You can drive yourself nuts to try and find a solution for this small problem that probably never will happen instead of working on creating more products.

    Don't sell downloadable e-book. Sell tangible products. There are many print on demand places and cd duplication places so you could sell only tangible hard goods.

    Of course, someone could copy your work in a photocopier and send it back or post it online too.

    In my experience...do not worry so much about it. People selling $2000 downloadable courses don't worry about it and people can get a refund by just asking and keep the material, you shouldn't worry about your e-book being spread around illegally.

    You may want to look at it the other way and worry about how TO spread the book around to get more leads and traffic. That's a bigger problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    Split it on pages and create membership site (with optional gradual content delivery feature) based on it.
    Some people do it and name it "mini membership site".

    Same content, but "membership site" sounds more solid than "ebook".

    Gleb
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  • Profile picture of the author Norma Holt
    I agree that you should not worry about it. If thieves want your work there are a hundred ways they can get it, but then again it has to be a very salable product and worth the effort.

    I have use e-junkie but just canceled that to go back to Paypal. Works OK for me. I also disable the print capability in the PDF when I format the book.

    Like others have said e-book creators are a pain. I used them for years and got frustrated no end when buyer after buyer could not open them even when the keywords were sent. It appears that many programs will not work with them, including Vista and, of course, Mac.

    God bless

    Norma
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    • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
      There are two ways I approach it because I assume it will happen.

      First, I include my affiliate links in it. The links are to redirects hosted on my site, not raw links. While hardcore content thieves will avoid the links some newbie who gets their hands on it not really knowing better will click the links.

      Second, I value add for legit buyers with a lot of bonus products, extra info and one-on-one advice I give away in a private forum. Pirates may get the product but not the extras and updates.
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  • Profile picture of the author p2y
    As the others have said, don't spend too much time worrying about it and don't go to crazy links to protect your work. One of the things that annoys me the most is when e-book publishers don't allow you to print or copy stuff from a PDF file. I understand that they want to protect the work but if they took 5 minutes to search on google they would realize that there are plenty of ways to "unlock" a pdf and dump all the text into an unprotected .txt file anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Soulsby
    I saw something interesting in an ebook I read recently:

    It had a caption saying:

    To stop people illigally sharing my product, I have made 2 verions and submitted a fake version to all the torrent sites, if you have got this ebook for free and try to make money out of it - Good luck!

    Don't know if it would work?
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    FWIW I always print out ebooks I purchase. Reading them on a computer while wearing tri-focals is a PITA.

    I buy 3-hole drilled paper at XPEDX and get cheap 3-ring binders at Sam's Club.

    If you make an ebook's PDF not printable I am stuck.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use Download Guard. Very tight security. Probably not foolproof but I haven't found my stuff being sold anywhere else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      There's an ebook out there and I really do feel for the person because the first page of Googles search results is littered with torrent sites and download directories.

      The only advice I can give is to make sure you prelaunch your product so that this won't happen to it if it does end up in those nasty places.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    I think one has to consider one's overall business model. Selling individual e-books is a fairly narrow and limited approach -- but if that's the extent of your offerings, then you're probably going to be concerned about protecting them from piracy. If, on the other hand, your business model uses those e-books to drive customers to much more profitable offers, then (while you may lose the upfront revenue from an e-book sale) those pirated copies may pay off with signups to your recurring membership sites.

    Of course, there's always the debate about people who steal never paying for anything, including a recurring membership, but...
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  • Profile picture of the author Star Riley
    My take on product protection :

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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    There is a software called
    ebook pro gold, which makes sure
    the only person who is using the ebook is
    the one who buys it.

    Igor
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  • Profile picture of the author FlashDriveDT
    "Energy flows where attention goes."

    So be wise and don't focus your attention on piracy. That would just be asking for piracy to happen to you and also distract you from the actual work you should do.
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  • Profile picture of the author MemberWing
    FlashDrive - Bingo!
    Best advice given.

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    • Profile picture of the author chrisJA
      I witnessed first hand the effect piracy had on the Music industry, and now how it could potentially do the same for eBooks.

      I'd have a look at a company like Muso.com - they set-up a few years back to combat piracy within music, and have now spread into film, software, and eBooks.

      Based in London, they can set you up to manage everything yourself or you can have them do it for you. They remove 1000's of illegal files per day and it's relatively cheap.

      You can trial the product on the website, or drop speak to someone there and they'll sort you out I'm sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    I converted my ebooks to physical books from a self-publishing company. It cuts the digital piracy for sure....but for offline piracy, then, only God knows
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  • Profile picture of the author saramks
    I for protect my ebook i put a password in the pdf document.

    Even so it is not 100% sure but it is the method used by 99% of internet marketer. At least for me it is a secure system.
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    Even Adobe or Microsoft hardly prevent piracy, all you need to worry about if your ebook can generate traffic to your website if it goes viral.
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  • Profile picture of the author ttdub
    There's nothing that much you can do. You can sue, but it's not worth it. I know... It sucks!
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahAttkinson
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    I think piracy is immortal. I have read the tips here, I thought of my experiences with virtual theft and I got to the conclusion that you can not prevent it from happening. Especially if your product is so damn good! But you can not stop from what you are doing, either.
    I also think you should worry less about something that could and would happen eventually. Focus on your work and make the best out of it before they do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dbrwn
    Protecting your book against piracy is a total waste of time because there's absolutely no way that it can be done foolproof.

    Take music files for example that are supposed to be done in such a way that prevents them from being copied. There's a way around that and it is called connecting two devices together and rerecording the music onto another device. Just because a file has the DRM, digital rights management attached to it doesn't mean that there's no way to copy it. People have discovered ways around all sorts of so-called protection schemes, so I wouldn't even worry about those for your book. Again, it is a total waste of time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Originally Posted by deskmonkey View Post

    I'm sure you've seen it happen: you write an e-book and start selling it, then next thing you know, it appears on PirateBay. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but as I'm in the process of completing an e-book of my own, I'd rather not give it away to the pirates. So I'm wondering if any of you experienced Warriors have tips on how to protect your property from piracy?

    It will always always happen. You can lock up content, send DMCA, etc but don't stress out too much. Anybody can screen capture your videos or pass around your files so it's impossible to 100% secure your stuff.

    Welcome to the internet
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