5 Steps to Protect Your eBook Before You Publish

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The issue of eBook security always raises a concern and these problems simply won’t go away. Unfortunately, there is no 100% fool proof way to prevent someone from duplicating your eBook. However, there are procedures and security measures you can take to minimize the chances of it happening to you.

We've taken the time to outline the most critical 5 steps you should take to protect your eBook before you consider publishing it.



1. Convert files into PDF
Best practices must be put in place when publishing content. For example, converting a file into a PDF before uploading can make it more secured. The PDF format supports data encryption and offers secure approach to transfer data over the net. User Access level can be customized, and viruses or other malware will not affect the safety of the content in your PDF documents. Visual elements are preserved in PDF and interactive functions are usually supported by the format.


2. Watermark your eBooks
Watermarking your eBook isn’t a foolproof way to protect digital content but it can help. It makes it very difficult for someone to take credit for your work when your name is plastered across a document, for example. Digital watermarks are another way to improve security since they cannot be removed or altered, making them a very important tool when fighting copyright infringement on the web. This allows users to legally use the content, while adding security to the content to prevent illegal usage.


3. Register your eBooks

Registering eBook creates a public record of the copyright. If you’ve discovered incidence of copyright infringement, you’ll want to contact your lawyers and perhaps sue the person who is involved. However, you must register your work to do so. You can also help eliminate the chance of imported, infringed material by registering your eBook.


4. Publish an official copyright notice
Understanding copyright law is very important for publishers. The moment digital content is published, you can protect it by having an official copyright notice. This will remind the world that the content you are publishing is yours and you own it. Using a copyright notice can serve as a deterrent for people who have intentions of copying it or sharing it illegally.


5. Acquire DRM (Digital Rights Management) Software
Ensuring that only the right people can view your eBook is one thing, but controlling what they can do with that eBook is just as important. Digital rights management policies can be beneficial to you by adding the extra controls over your content that will allow you to better manage it and always have control over it. 


Creating an eBook requires hard work, dedication, and resources. Therefore, as a publisher, it is crucial that you take the extra precautionary steps to ensure your eBook is protected from theft, as well as make sure that all your content is properly copyrighted. Hopefully these 5 steps we’ve provided will help you better protect your content and safely publish your eBook. 


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