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Old 08-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Any DRM solution for small ebook store ?

We are small ebook store website with our own eReader (Adobe SDK installed).
Please advise any other DRM solution that we can implement for our small ebook store.

Is it only one choice which is ACS ? Our budget will be issued for ACS.
What about hosted DRM server solution ? Can it work with our eReader?
Pleasea advise,thanks
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Well, if you're using the Adobe RMSDK for your device then the choices seem to me to be either your own content server (provided you can get publishers to agree to provide you with content directly) or using a distributor such as OverDrive or LightningSource (Ingram) which is what book stores such as BookOnBoard, Diesel, Waterstones and others do.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:21 PM   #3
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:49 PM   #4
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How about the Baen model? Just sell the books without the DRM. Problem solved.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:50 PM   #5
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He's not asking how to remove DRM. He's asking for suggestions on how to implement it on his ebook store.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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I second the Baen model. It's both budget-free and technically simple.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:55 AM   #7
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Or use Watermarks. That way customers don't have to deal with DRM, but if their books show up where they shouldn't it is easy to track where they came from.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:13 AM   #8
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I won't necessarily refuse to buy an ebook with DRM ... but I do stop to think how much I really want that ebook, and whether a legitimate non-DRM copy might be available at another store.

I buy the majority of my ebooks from Fictionwise (only the multiformat books, without DRM), Smashwords (no DRM) and Baen (no DRM).

Good luck, however you decide.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:11 AM   #9
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I have no particular bias against buying DRM'd books, given how trivially simple it is to remove thanks to Alf. Why a small ebook store/website would even consider spending money on the implementation and running of something which offers no tangible protection for their products is, however, quite beyond me.

If your products are of any interest to anyone, they will be pirated. End of story. DRM will have no impact on that whatsoever.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:02 AM   #10
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He's not asking how to remove DRM. He's asking for suggestions on how to implement it on his ebook store.
See later post by Belfaborac, which makes my point in a rather less oblique fashion and without the facetiousness.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #11
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If the store is reselling other people's books, then they might have to have DRM as part of the deal.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:45 AM   #12
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We are small ebook store website with our own eReader (Adobe SDK installed).
Please advise any other DRM solution that we can implement for our small ebook store.

Is it only one choice which is ACS ? Our budget will be issued for ACS.
What about hosted DRM server solution ? Can it work with our eReader?
Pleasea advise,thanks
DRM can be stripped in seconds once setup. It's very easy to get setup. DRM doesn't work. It just inconveniences a lot of people. All DRM does is cost you money. DRM doesn't work. It's a failure. The best thing to do is treat DRM like it doesn't exist. I know your reader will need to support DRM, but your store doesn't have to. Look at Baen, Tor, Open Road and others who sell eBooks without DRM. Yes it is a good idea for your reader to support Adobe's Adept DRM. But you don't need your eBooks to. For example, a series of books talked about on MobileRead is the series of Wool books. Very successful eBooks and they are sold without DRM.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #13
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If the store is reselling other people's books, then they might have to have DRM as part of the deal.
Wouldn't that be the supplier's responsibility rather than the bookstore, though?

I agree with the others - don't waste your money. The majority of people are fundamentally honest, and DRM won't stop those who aren't.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:52 AM   #14
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I agree with the posts above. I support stores that in turn, return the favor. When I buy a book, I like to control where and how I read the book. I've recently paid $10 for a six month membership to DANL, for instance, something I never would have done for DRM laced books. Freedom of personal use for something as trivial as a book, is not only something I like, but feel entitled to.

However, the books the OP is selling might have DRM as part of the contract.

DRM is expensive, and for many people quite easy to nuke. DRM makes books about as useful as video games written for specific consoles. I don't want books that only work on one thing. They are books. They should work for everyone.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:43 AM   #15
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Wouldn't that be the supplier's responsibility rather than the bookstore, though?
Depends. Some stores are their own 'supplier' getting books directly from the publisher to sell from their own Content Server, while others use a supplier/distributor such as OverDrive or LightningSource. Almost all big publishers will require a DRM solution of some sort if you want to sell their books.
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