[thelist] selling ebooks

vaspers grate vaspers.grate at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 13:50:53 CDT 2007

I"ve heard a lot of good things about Lulu ebooks, in fact Roblimo Miller
himself suggested to me that I use Lulu. I have several books I want to make
into downloadable items, but have not had time to get to it yet.


On 4/5/07, Stephen Rider <evolt_org at striderweb.com> wrote:
> On Apr 4, 2007, at 11:02 PM, sbeam wrote:
> > When selling an Adobe ebook (or the MS or Palm ones for that matter)
> > using the DRM feature <shudder> - how does the reader software on the
> > customer's computer know that they are allowed to read what they have
> > downloaded?
> Not a solution, just an FYI...
> In my experience, Adobe's DRM is quite bad.  I bought a number of
> books in DRMed PDF format from an site a while back, and in the next
> release of Adobe Reader, the DRM was totally broken.  The files in my
> "library" were not just un-openable, some were actually _deleted_.
> Horrible, horrible update from Adobe, and total disregard for their
> users.
> On the other hand, I use Palm Reader ebooks all the time, and have
> had no problems with them.  I like that system as it even allows you
> to update your credit-card-based unlock key to a new card, so you can
> keep all your ebooks on the same key.  The reader is available for
> desktops as well -- Mac and Windows.
> (I have no experience with MS ebooks.)
> If you want to go the PDF route, I might recommend watermarking
> instead of DRM locks.  Don't make your customers depend on Adobe's
> good faith.
> Stephen Rider
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