This article is not going to raise the exhausting debate of paper vs digital reading. Let’s just face it, publishing is a huge market, and it’s only going to grow. More and more people use their mobile devices to get information and consume content. Publishing is becoming accessible to everyone, and many tech companies are developing numerous tools making the process seamless and versatile.
With the increase in digital publishing comes a major concern related to unauthorized distribution, piracy and content control. Needless to say, companies are making effort to address this concern, with several DRM systems available on the market. For those new to the subject, DRM Stands for Digital Rights Management and is a huge buzz word in media and eBook publishing industry. There are three major DRM ecosystems available on the market: Amazon’s (for the Kindle), Apple’s FairPlay, and Adobe’s. Amazon and Apple use their DRM systems for eBooks they sell. Adobe Content Server eBook DRM system is pretty much the industry standard for independent publishers.
DRM systems let users manage who gets to see digital content, how the content can be used and distributed, as well as when and where in can be accessed. It protects the most popular eBook formats, without limiting the users into a single device, platform or vendor. DRM has become a central requirement when it comes to digital publishing. However, smaller publishers often find this to be a challenge, as the capital investments and technical skills required to setup a DRM system are quite high.
Whether to use DRM or not is a decision that should be carefully thought of. This decision depends on sales forecasts and distribution strategy for each particular book. If you choose to use DRM, you will have to select DRM settings for an Adobe Content Server. Adobe Content Server 6.5 allows you to control many different security settings (e.g. eBook print resolution, eBook expiration, etc.). Some of the most common restrictions include the number of times a user can print the book; and how much a user can copy from an eBook. And of course, a user cannot open an eBook on a computer that has not been authorized by Adobe ID (as a default). Finally, the general experience from Adobe Content Server DRM looks like this:
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