Digital publishing has simplified the process for modern-day publishers to create and distribute their eBooks using eBook encryption software. Besides, they can also leverage the online media to reach a wide audience and expand their reach across borders cost-effectively. However, it is not all rosy with the online environment when it comes to eBook distribution. It also has its share of issues the main being that anyone can share your content without your consent leading to copyright violations and also loss of revenue. One of the best solutions to secure your eBooks from duplication or unauthorized share and use is encryption software, it helps eliminate copyright violations to a large extent.
Encryption software is a technical solution that uses special computer code to prevent readers from copying or sharing an eBook. Encryption prevents unauthorized access to all digital content that is shared between computers and the Internet. Digital publishers insist on encrypting their eBooks while readers are often not too comfortable with it. This is because it limits the number of devices that a user can download their eBooks. Besides, it also limits the lending facility, that is, the user cannot lend the eBook to anyone else, if the person wants to read it, they will have to make a purchase.
Encryption software works at three levels. First, it protects data in transit, that is when the eBooks are being sent over the Internet or the computer network. Digital information between the two endpoints is vulnerable to malware attacks. The encryption software encrypts the digital content, thus, securing its integrity, confidentiality, and validity.
The second level of protection happens when data is at rest or, in other words, saved to a place, which can be on onsite servers, cloud, or computers. The third level of encryption is when digital content is transmitted by the publisher to the user. The encryption software generates a public key. When a reader makes a purchase, the publisher shares the key to unlock the eBook. Here, in this article, let us look at why publishers use eBook encryption software.
Benefits of eBook Encryption Software
Increased revenue: Encryption software prevents any unauthorized access to your eBooks. Your readers will have to make a purchase and once they do that, they can access it only on a limited number of devices, which is usually six. Further, the encryption software also limits the sharing ability of the eBook, or in other words, the person who has made a purchase cannot share it with someone else. So the encryption software allows you to reap monetary benefits from your digital content.
Added protection: Encryption software adds extra layers of security to your eBooks while in transit or at rest on the Internet, cloud, or computers. Even the hardware on which these eBooks are stored is encrypted, thus, preventing any unauthorized access, copying, or sharing of the content, either unintentionally or intentionally.
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Protects intellectual property rights (IPR): With digital content, you are always vulnerable to cyber-attacks. For example, hackers can steal your data with ransomware and blackmail you for a ransom. And in case you refuse to pay, it can be used for identity theft or leaked on the Internet. Encryption software helps to protect your intellectual property rights at various levels. For one, no one can access or share your content without your information. Second, you can view who has tried to access the eBooks and share the digital copies and take appropriate action. So if you have encrypted your digital content, cyber-criminals will not be able to access them, rather, they will only be able to view unstructured data which is of little use to them.
How to Create a DRM Protected eBook and Distribute it Securely
How to Securely Distribute your eBooks Online
Selling online is more popular than ever for publishers. You can do it on your website or through a digital publishing platform, or dedicated distributor platforms safe in the knowledge that only the people who have purchased or you have authorized can view your content.
There are several types of encryption software that you can use to secure your online content. The other and more viable option is to use a digital publishing platform that allows you to create or upload, and distribute your eBooks to your intended audience. On uploading your eBooks, you will get the option to encrypt them. On selecting it, your eBooks will be stored in an encrypted vault for safekeeping.
Another option is that you can integrate the API of the digital publishing platform, for example, a learning management system (LMS), to your website and then sell directly to your customers. You may also provide limited access to your eBook, for example, a sample chapter or a brief summary, allowing your audience to see if the material is relevant to their needs and then make a purchase to access the rest of the eBook. Then again, you can also provide access to your eBooks for a limited period, for instance, one month, or maybe ten views, after which your audience will have to pay for the content.
As a digital publisher, you can use eBook encryption software to retain complete control over your digital content including viewers, and other related statistics. Encryption thus allows you to achieve monetary benefits from your eBooks by preventing any duplication or sharing without your consent. With advancements in digital technologies malpractices are also becoming more sophisticated. So it may be cyber-attackers use malware or ransomware to steal your data, leaving you vulnerable to exploitation, and loss of revenue and reputation. Thus, the need to use encryption software.
To secure your eBooks, the best wy out is to use a digital publishing platform to create, upload and distribute your eBooks. For instance, KITABOO, one of the world’s leading eBooks platforms, allow you to encrypt your digital content and make it available to your intended audience with unique access codes. You can also integrate the KITABOO SDK/API to your website and distribute your content on all types of reading devices including tablets and smartphones. Further, you can create your own web store and provide authorized access to libraries and educational institutions. Moreover, it helps monitor visitors, provide reader data and analytics apart from distributing through own branded app.
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