Selling eBooks Without DRM

When you sell your ebooks through online retailers such as Amazon, Barns & Noble, or Apple iBooks, a percentage of what you make goes to pay for the Digital Rights Management (DRM) and tech support they provide.

DRM and eBooks
Would you pay for an ebook if a pirated copy was available?

You may have wondered: Is there a way to get around reliance on these online retailers, and more important, to keep viewers on your website and not send them somewhere else where you may loose their attention? Even with DRM, some authors have claimed that the number of pirated downloads exceeds what they sell through DRM. Even so, many authors do very well with DRM.

This is a fairly complex issue, so I’m only going to touch on the most basic points in this post.

Presently, there is no practical alternative to the DRM software offered by online retailers. The license for Adobe Content Server, for example, costs over $6000 USD to set up, and an annual year maintenance fee that runs around $1500 (used for PDFs and ePubs). This may work for very large publishers but not for small publishers.

So, what about just giving up DRM? Can you distribute ePubs, Mobi, and/or ePDFs ebooks directly from your own website without DRM software and still make money? The answer is: Yes, but there are risks. So why do it? Continue reading “Selling eBooks Without DRM”

PDF eBooks and How to Use Them

Enhanced PDF eBooks and How to Use Them

Enhanced PDF design for marketing brochure
The PDF easily captures and preserves the greatest range of design and layout capabilities.

The term PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a file format that captures all the elements of a digital document so that you can view it, navigate it, print it, and easily share it online. Many software programs allow you to convert files into PDFs, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Apple Text Edit, and many others.

A book that has been beautifully designed for print can be saved as a PDF, and the PDF will—if created correctly—preserve all the book’s features exactly as they are. In many ways, such PDFs are a type of eBook, and the most economical type to create, provided the print book already exists. Continue reading “PDF eBooks and How to Use Them”