Hold onto your screens, folks, because ebook Writing and ebook Publishing are booming like never before! With an anticipated revenue of a whopping US$17.04 billion in 2023, it’s obvious that we’re living in the age of digital reading domination.
But amidst this literary revolution, there’s a sneaky villain lurking in the shadows—eBook piracy. Dun, dun, dun!
Yes, eBooks pirating is stubbornly refusing to walk the plank. It’s a thorn in the side of scribes, publishers, and author-published content, who are constantly seeking new and devious ways to snatch their precious literary creations without so much as a guilty twitch.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a few stolen eBooks here and there.” Let us tell you, the ramifications can be as treacherous as a pirate’s curse. Think of lost sales, dwindling revenue, and a whole lot of frustration.
But fear not, brave publishers, for we are here to come to your rescue! We’ve scoured the high seas of information, diving into the depths of author experiences, and emerged victorious with a treasure trove of knowledge.
We’ve rounded up some important actions you must put up with to defend your precious eBook before setting sail into the vast ocean of readership.
So, grab your trusty laptop and prepare to defend your literary treasures. We’re about to reveal the secrets that will keep those thieving scallywags at bay and ensure your eBook stays safe and sound.
Our Tips on Safeguarding Your EBook from Piracy
So, our fellow writers and publishers! We’ve heard your distress calls about those pesky pirates eyeing your precious eBooks. But fear not, for we’ve got the perfect pirate-busting plan to protect your literary treasures.
Avast, ye landlubbers! Here are the finest ways to safeguard your eBooks from the clutches of those immoral digital pirates:
Pick the Right File Format
Yes, the battle of the eBook file configurations. It’s like preference to the right weapon to fend off those pesky pirates. Don’t worry, though, for we have the inside scoop on selecting the format to protect your literary gems.
When it comes to distribution, you have two main options: main online retailers or your owned website into the options and see which formats will make those pirates shiver in their boots.
If you’re aiming at to sell your eBook on outlets like Amazon Kindle, you’ll need to consider formats like AZW3, MOBI and AZW
But hold your horses; while EPUB is the industry standard, it’s not supported by Amazon Kindle. And guess what? That’s actually a good thing in the fight against eBook piracy. Why? Because converting files to a consistent format needs additional effort, which might frighten off those scurvy scammers. Arr, take that, you pirates!
Your owned Website:
Now, let’s sail to the land of self-publishing and selling eBooks from your portal. Here, we need to be extra vigilant in our piracy-defeating strategies.
That’s why the ideal option for you is to transform your eBooks into PDF configuration. Yep, the trusty PDF is like a fortress of security for your precious literary creations.
It subsidizes data encryption, making it as impenetrable as a pirate-proof treasure chest. And that’s not all! PDFs also allow you to personalize the user admission level, so you can control who gets to walk the plank and who gets to enjoy the literary riches.
Restrict the Editing of eBooks.
Once you’ve converted your eBook into the mighty PDF format, it’s time to unleash the power of Adobe and its arsenal of protection features.
They may not guarantee total immunity against illegal distribution, but tritely make those scallywags think twice about messing with your intellectual property.
Now, let’s get down to business and discover a simple yet effective path to prohibit the editing of eBook. Here’s the secret recipe:
- Transform your eBook into a glorious PDF, the chosen format for secure literary treasures.
- Navigate your way to the Safety tab, like a true explorer seeking hidden treasures, from the Property documents discussion box. It’s time to tighten those virtual shackles.
- Behold! Before your eyes, you’ll find a tempting little crate that tells, “Limited editing and copying of the composition.” Oh, the power you hold.
- Now, from the Method of Security drop-box menu, it’s time to unleash your desired restrictions upon those audacious pirates. Forbid them from copying your precious text and portraits as if they were mere mortals unworthy of your literary brilliance.
- Once you’ve fine-tuned your restrictions to perfection, press the almighty OK button, and save your PDF.
That’s it! With the wave of your digital wand and the help of Adobe’s powerful tools, you’ve restricted the editing of your eBook and made those pirates walk the plank of frustration.
Your intellectual property shall remain unscathed, guarded by the PDF fortress you’ve built with your own literary might. Savvy, indeed…
Protect it with PDF Stamping.
Here’s one more option that includes PDF. We’re diving into the world of stamping, where every page of your eBook becomes a treasure trove of security.
Picture this: as if wielding a mighty stamp, the feature known as stamping allows you to leave an indelible mark on every single page of your PDF eBook.
Now, it’s not just any mark—it’s the buyer’s email address! That’s right, their credentials will be stamped at the bottom of each page, like a permanent reminder of their loyalty to your literary brilliance.
Why, you may ask, would stamping email addresses be such a genius move? Well, it’s simple. By making the buyer’s information visible to everyone, you create a deterrent for sharing or reselling your precious eBook elsewhere in the vast digital realm. No pirate wants their identity to be paraded around like a banner of shame.
Protect Your EBook with a Password
Hold up, we have another trick up our sleeves to battle the relentless scourge of eBook piracy. Prepare yourselves for the mighty power of password protection! It’s like a secret code that only the worthy can crack.
Imagine this: a buyer purchases your glorious eBook, and with the stroke of a digital quill, you send them an email adorned with a precious password.
By providing a unique password to each buyer, you ensure that only those who hold the sacred key can unlock the treasure trove of your literary genius. Those sneaky pirates won’t stand a chance.
Now, here’s a twist to make those pirates shiver in their boots. Transition of the password for every purchaser by using a an acquisition reference or some other clever method. It’s like constantly shifting sand beneath their digital feet.
While it won’t prevent your buyers from passing on their passwords with others, it will throw a wrench in the gears of illegal downloads. And that’s precisely what you want, right?
Copyright Protection for eBook
Let us get this right – you’ve poured your heart into writing that perfect eBook, and you expect the law to swoop in and safeguard your ownership rights, right?
Well, brace yourselves for a disappointing revelation. The law that automatically protects your digital content isn’t exactly a hero when it comes to copyright infringement battles. Talk about a plot twist!
Here’s the hard truth: without registering your eBook, you won’t be able to wield the full force of the law in your defense. Aye, it may seem downright illogical, but those are the rules of the copyright game.
But don’t worry, for there’s a simple solution to this conundrum. To truly protect your literary treasure, you need to register your eBook and include a copyright page. It’s like raising the Jolly Roger of legal ownership, announcing to the world that your work is officially protected.
Yes, there’ll be a fee involved, ranging from $35 to $55. But remember, good fruits come to those who wait. The process can take anywhere between 6 and 15 months, like a slow voyage across uncharted legal waters.
It may cost a bit of doubloon and require some patience, but it’s a tiny price to pay for a good old peace of mind of knowing your literary creation is safe from the clutches of copyright infringement.
All in all, selling your eBooks on the internet can be a double-edged sword. On the one end, it opens up opportunities for exposure and success. On the other end, it makes your work susceptible to being stolen.
And if you ever stumble upon someone illegally distributing your eBooks, unleash the power of a DMCA notice! It’s like calling in the reinforcements, letting those infringers know that you mean business.
So, we hope that in this battle against eBook piracy, may the force of Copyright be with you! May you navigate this digital landscape with resilience and protect your eBooks from those who would seek to exploit them.
Good luck, and may your eBooks remain safe and secure for all the world to enjoy!
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Lou Martins is a writer and entrepreneur with years of experience in “Amazon book publication” and selling on Amazon. A writer by day and a reader by night. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends because work and life balance is important.