Originally Posted by atanner
and their success will never be measured in the thousands, but in the hundreds.
If the success of your publications really is measured in the hundreds, then I'd suggest that you look into social DRM. Set up a work-flow so that you customise each and every ebook you sell for that customer - big visible well-designed bookplate at the beginning, giving customers name, a scanned signature of the author, a serial number for the book, date date purchase, etc. Encode other information invisibly throughout the book (if an ePub there are all sorts of ways to do that.). Make a mention that any piracy of a book can and will be traced back to the original purchaser.