To Sell Something, Give It Away

Some ebook authors are worried that their electronic works of art will just be stolen or shared via email or through web sites. That's why they resort to copy-protection. Others, on the other hand, prefer to make these electronic copies easy to use (zero copy-protection), because it helps drive sales of the paper or printed edition.

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In Electronic publishing, usability, and a free lunch, by Peter Seebach, we see the need to make electronic books more usable. If you're worried about your work getting pirated, make sure you have a strong set-up for the sales of your printed book.

What? You don't have a printed book? You only have an electronic version? Hmmm... we'll tackle that in a future write-up.

In the meantime...

The NAP Mission and the Open Book Interface
The Baen Free Library

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Microsoft is forced to issue SSL patch for IE. "At first Microsoft said the SSL flaw in Internet Explorer was not serious; now it has issued a patch for what it calls a 'critical' threat."
[ First posted on 09/13/2002 by Manuel Viloria ]

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