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Benefits of DRM for Universities

benefits of DRM for universities

DRM for universities is a big topic of conversation in today’s “online only” environment. Are you a university professor who uses your own materials for instruction or a university library trying to support students who have been sent home to finish their semesters? Whether it’s the course textbook, an exam, or ongoing lecture materials, now that everyone has shifted to online learning, how do you control who has access to the material and how do you prevent it from being copied or used outside of your control? The answer is digital rights management, or DRM.

Benefits of Teaching Online

There are many benefits of teaching online. You may already be experienced teaching college classes online. You may have been forced into it by recent circumstances. There is a certain level of flexibility that comes from teaching online. There is also the advantage of being able to have students who live all over the world – you aren’t restricted to just a single group of students on your ow campus.

How DRM Helps Professors

Control Access to Your Textbooks. If you’ve written the textbook for your class to use, having the ability to control who has to it and restrict access to purchasers can prevent loss of income.

Control Access to Your Exams. The last thing you want is to deliver an exam and have students share it from one section to another of your course. You can use DRM to control access to documents like exams and worksheets to protect your intellectual property and protect the integrity of your course.

How DRM Helps Universities

University libraries. University libraries offer extensive collections of academic research to their students. DRM can help the library control access to content based on length of checkout time, student status, and more.

Inter-university Collaboration. DRM allows universities to collaborate on research and professors to share course materials while still protecting their rights to those materials and prevent them from being changed or manipulated by others.

An excellent resource for understanding the full benefits of DRM in the realm of higher education was put together by Oasis.org and is available as a downloadable PDF.

HOW DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT WORKS

Digital rights management protects authors, teachers, businesses, and institutions from the loss of intellectual property by prohibiting copying, or by limiting the time or number of devices on which a content can be accessed.

DRM allows you to:

  • Prevent users from editing, saving, printing, sharing, or forwarding content or allows these with limitations you set.
  • Sets an expiration date at which time access to the content is removed.  
  • Locks access to a specific device.
  • Watermark documents to establish ownership.
  • Provides the author access to information about who accessed the content.

Here at EditionGuard, we are doing our part to support teachers and professors, schools and higher learning institutions, many of whom are delivering education online for the first time. We provide a wide array of digital rights management (DRM) services to protect intellectual property and to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of materials online. In addition to our 30-day free trial, we also offer a 25% discount to teachers, schools, and non-profits who employ our DRM.

We are here to support you and appreciate the vast effort required to move to an online platform. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions.

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Tools for Online Learning

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Across the globe, schools have cancelled in-person classes and have shifted to an online education environment. Whether or not the pandemic is controlled before the next school year begins, it is likely that many school districts will recognize the value and the cost-savings of providing some of their instruction online. We may see a shift toward digital learning in the future of education, so we’ve rounded up these resources to help schools be successful.

Benefits of Online Learning

Having the ability to work at your own pace often allows kids to move more quickly through material. Teachers can provide more directed support to students as they need it; there are a number of tools available that support communication and collaboration between teachers and students as well as students with each other. The drawback, of course, is the need for high-speed internet, which not all students will have easy access to.

Resources for Schools, Districts, and Teachers

There are a number of resources available for school districts and teachers that we have collected here.

Albert has gathered a list of 100 resources for teachers, students, and schools, ranging from math sites to collaboration tools.

Education World has put together a list of their favorite online learning tools.

Common Sense provides a list of their top 20 edtech solutions.

Here at EditionGuard, we are doing our part to support teachers and professors, schools and higher learning institutions, many of whom are delivering education online for the first time. We provide a wide array of digital rights management (DRM) services to protect intellectual property and to facilitate the sharing and dissemination of materials online. In addition to our 30-day free trial, we also offer a 25% discount to teachers, schools, and non-profits who employ our DRM.

We are here to support you and appreciate the vast effort required to move to an online platform. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions.

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How EditionGuard Can Help You Deliver Online Education

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No one could have predicted that nearly every student would be moving to online learning, and many teachers and school districts do not have the tools they need to cope with the rapid shift from in-class instruction to online platforms. There are a number of tools that can help you deliver quality instruction to your students, but what about textbooks and other materials used during instruction?

Digital Course Materials

Many schools keep a single set of textbooks in the classroom and students throughout the day share the set of books. When everyone is learning from home, there is simply not enough copies of the books to send home. But forcing students to purchase their own books is a hardship many students can’t fathom. The middle ground is for schools to develop and deliver digital course materials. From articles to teacher-produced content, these digital materials will be critical in ensuring students have access to the content they need to continue learning without disruption.

Digital Rights Management in Education

Digital Rights Management (DRM) can be used to protect all types of digital content, not just ebooks. From documents (like an exam) to licensed articles to sheet music, DRM ensures that your content is only available to the users you authorize. Even when materials are made freely available to students, faculty who create the content have the right to protect their copyright and get credit for the creation.

DRM’s Role in Online Education

DRM can be a critical component for online learning. While students will return to the classroom, education may be permanently impacted by the pandemic. The development and utilization of online learning content can be enhanced by flexible DRM solutions.

If you are an teacher or school district looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard is here to support you during this difficult time. We offer 25% discount to nonprofits and educational institutions.

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Selling Your eBook Takes Marketing Right

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Writing and publishing your ebook is only part of the work you’ll have to do to find success; to be able to sustain your publishing business or independence as an author, you’ll also need to be able to find success selling your ebook. Marketing an ebook requires you to have an audience, a platform to market it, and a clear idea of the niche the ebook is in.

Finding Your Audience

There is no sense in marketing your ebook to every reader. You need to know who will read your book. To help narrow it down, consider what types of authors write books similar to yours. Are you a horror author who might attract Stephen King readers? Are you a business author with specialized expertise in a niche market? You need to know who is most likely to read your book and emphasize most of your marketing to them. In some cases, you may have a secondary audience. For example, if you wrote a book about real estate, Realtors might be your primary market, but if you talk about commercial leases, you might have a secondary market with retail experts and lease administrators.

Choosing Your Platform

Regardless of where or how you publish your book, your marketing platforms should include social media, email marketing, a website, and other advertising as needed. On social media, the general guide is that fiction books market more effectively on Facebook, where you can boost Facebook posts and target certain demographics – such as Stephen King fans. Non-fiction books, especially business, motivational, and industry-specific books market better on LinkedIn, where you can target based on job title, company size, and industry. The goal is to stretch your ad dollars as far as possible while reaching the most clearly targeted audience that you can.

Identifying Your Niche

Much like the work you do to identify your audience, you need to identify the niche within which your book falls. The more clarity you can have about your book – narrowing down from the broad subject matter to the granular – the more likely it will be that you can market it effectively. Knowing your niche can help you with everything from finding specialized markets, clubs, and groups to whom you can market the book to using the right hashtags.

Writing a book is tough work, but marketing it can be even tougher. You have to know who will read it, where they’ll see you, and what kind of book it is to be successful.

If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

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How Publishers Choose Authors: The Bottom Line

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As an author, it may seem arbitrary when it comes to figuring out how publishers choose authors that they’ll represent, but there are ways to make yourself more attractive to publishers. There is more to it than sending your book into the digital fast lane and then crossing your fingers and waiting. Most publishers are looking for a specific combination of factors that tip the scales.

Choose the Right Publisher

It all begins with choosing the right publisher. A children’s book publisher is a bad choice if you’ve written a horror-thriller novel for adults. How do you go about choosing the right publisher? Read books. Read books that you think are similar to yours and read as much as you can.

Submit to the Right Editor

Even smaller publishers and independent publishers will often have more than one editor or more than one business line. Be sure you do your research on the publishing house and send the manuscript to the right publisher. Be aware of any rules they have, like “no unsolicited manuscripts” – which means you’ll need an agent to submit to them. Submit as directed – some publishers want the entire manuscript; others want you to start with a query. Some want you to send the submission digitally; others are still only accepting printed submissions through the mail.

Make Sure Your Manuscript Is Submission-Ready

You can’t just write your first draft and send it off to a publisher. If you want to be seriously considered, you need to take the entire process seriously. That means making sure you’ve written the best version of your book possible, proofing and editing your book before sending it.

How Publishers Choose Authors

Ultimately, publishers choose authors based on whether or not the investment they make in the author will deliver a return on investment (ROI). The factors they consider are:

  1. Is this book marketable? Does it have an interesting plot?
  2. Is it well-written, or will the publisher have to pay a lot to rework it?
  3. Does the author have any visibility that will help ensure the book will sell?

That last one – how you as an author can help – is critical. Even before you submit your manuscript, you can be working to make yourself more marketable by establishing social media platforms, by being involved in the writing community, by doing research about what it takes to sell a book, and by identifying target markets for your book. The more you can do to ensure the book’s marketability, the more likely the publisher will be to want to work with you.

If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

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Get Your Fiction Book Published – Inside a Publisher’s Mind

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Getting your fiction book published can be challenging. Publishers choose books based on whether they will make any money selling them, and they make that decision as a team. Getting passed initial submission stage is positive, but there is still a long way to go before getting a book deal. You’ll have a team – depending on the size of the publisher the team could be as small as two and as large as 20 – reviewing your book and crunching the numbers.

While there are mathematical formulas used to try to determine the profitability of the book, there’s a bit of gut instinct and gamble that goes into it too. Some of it is out of your control – the publisher’s budget, the state of the industry, the history of similar books – and some of it is luck.

Stand Apart from the Crowd

It seems like everyone is writing a book today. While most of them will never make any money and the majority of authors will go the self-publishing route, if you really want to get picked up by a publisher, you need to find a way to demonstrate that your book will make them money. How will you know if your book has potential?

Research What Other Books the Publisher Has on the Market

Which books have sold well? Have any of their books made the bestsellers lists? What genres do they work with the most? How is your book like their most successful books?

Does Your Book Offer Something New?

While your book needs to comply with the conventions of its genre (i.e., a YA novel needs to strike that perfect balance of chaste and risqué), it shouldn’t be a cookie cutter version of something that’s been published a hundred times before. One way to ensure your book stands out is through plot and character development. Give your characters enough depth that readers want to know what happens to them and give your plot enough layers to be interesting.

Write the Entire Book

Even if the publisher only wants a query to begin with, you need to have the whole book done, edited, and ready to submit if you make it through the query process. Be prepared to be rejected; have a backup plan to either find an agent to represent you, an alternate publisher to submit to, or to self-publish.

There are many steps an author can take to help ensure a publisher chooses their fiction book but getting through a first read with one editor is not the last step: it’s only the first.

If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

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Protect eBooks from Piracy

Protecting ebooks from piracy is about more than just copyright infringement. As an indie author or publisher, you may already be very familiar with the frustration of book piracy. Not only does it have a financial impact with lost revenues, but there is an emotional cost for the author as well. When you pour your heart into your work and rely on book sales to keep fueling your passion, the last thing you want to have happen is for someone to steal the content and make it freely available to anyone who is unscrupulous enough to download the PDF.

Digital Publishing and Piracy

While piracy is not a new topic (we’ve all seen the FBI warnings at the beginning of DVDs), it has become more prevalent in the age of digital publishing. In the ebook industry alone, piracy accounts for losses of more than $300 million. It’s extremely difficult to get control of piracy after the fact – websites pop up and disappear, change owners, and change domains with such frequency that it could become a fulltime job to keep up. The only way to protect ebooks is to employ these recommended security measures.

Publish Your eBook in All Common Formats

One of the reasons ebook piracy happens is because an ebook is only available in a specific format. For example, it might be easy to just self-publish on Amazon, but if someone uses something other than a kindle, they may be tempted to simply download a free PDF version. By broadly publishing your ebook on a variety of platforms, including Kobo, Smashwords, etc., you can prevent theft. Even more useful is controlling sales of your ebook through your own website but offering it in a variety of different formats there.

Monitor Your Book

You can set up Google alerts to monitor mentions of your book. This is a good practice for marketing and engaging with your audience anyway, but by monitoring mentions, you’ll also know immediately if your book has been pirated. If it has been, it is worth filing a DMCA complaint. A DMCA takedown notice allows content creators or publishers to request that an ISP, web host, or other web manager removed copyrighted material. In order to initiate a DMCA request, the content creator or publisher must identify the pirated content and prove ownership. It’s advisable to take time-stamped screenshots of the pirated content to preserve evidence. The request is then sent to the service provider’s DMCA agent, which all providers must appoint and register with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Protect eBooks with Digital Rights Management (DRM)

One of the most effective ways you to protect ebooks is by using DRM to prevent the ebook from being inappropriately shared or distributed. Implementing DRM protects your ebook from being pirated. The level of e-book protection you use depends on the type of book you are publishing, your audience, and how you distribute it to readers.

Here’s a rundown of the 3 most commonly used, industry-standard DRM solutions:

Password Protection

Using various apps, such as Adobe Acrobat or the native MacOS alternative, Preview, you can password-protect your PDFs and e-pubs. There is no flexibility in terms of what users can access – they either have the password to open the file or not. This can deter users, but the encryption is less than industry-standard and can easily be removed for free using various services and solutions.

Watermarking or “Social DRM”

Social DRM is implemented in various ways but typically involves imprinting your PDF or e-pub with a visible or invisible watermark containing the user’s personal information. This discourages sharing, as a file with your personal information attached to it means any copy of it is trackable and attributable to you.

Industry-Standard DRM Protection

DRM protection with secure encryption and the versatility to control what users can and cannot do with your PDFs and e-pubs will cost you money. The security of these services relies on them constantly being one step ahead of the thousands of people attempting to decrypt their solutions for their motives, be they business or personal.

We delve further into protecting your content here.

If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

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Is Collaborative Publishing the Future?

Self-publishing turned the publishing industry on its head, but in the last decade we’ve learned that most self-published authors don’t make a lot of money, that the companies who charge them to publish their books keep a lot of the profits, and that even though the author may be able to lay claim to the status of having a book published that it’s definitely not letting them quit their day jobs.

Writing and Publishing an eBook Is Not Enough

Anyone can write and publish an ebook. All it takes is a basic word processer and an internet connection and you can write anything and upload it. But it’s the gap between writing and publishing that often needs to be filled with a team of experts who can help turn what you publish into something that will be purchased.

Write, Publish, SELL

An author is good at writing. That doesn’t make him or her magically capable of design work, marketing, formatting, editing, proofreading, optimizing, building a website, or engaging potential readers on social media. It’s in these other areas – whichever ones are not the author’s forte, where collaboration can lead to more sales.

Benefits of Collaborative Publishing

Every author would love to get a publisher interested enough in their book to offer a six-figure advance and take care of making sure the book earned back every penny and more. But with only a few viable traditional publishers left and agents being inundated with queries and manuscripts, it’s easy for a great book idea to be overlooked. It shouldn’t deter you, but that doesn’t mean you should go it completely alone, either. Collaborating with freelancers or a small publishing house in order to have access to experts who can help you edit, design, and market your book is essential if you’re trying to earn a share of the profits that are out there. The benefits of collaborative publishing are:

  • The end result of your ebook is something of higher quality, making it more likely that you’ll not only sell more but get better reviews on what does sell, which in turn drives more sales
  • Expert help in targeting your niche audience so that you can maximize your marketing effort and get the best return on your investment
  • A partner whose expertise and point of view complement your own so that your books are more comprehensive and well-developed
  • Constructive criticism that will challenge you to improve the quality of your book and ensure better success

Today’s indie authors and small publishing houses have a unique opportunity to transform the digital publishing landscape with a collaborative approach that improves the quality of each individual book as well as the quality of the industry as a whole.

If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

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How Do Publishers Select Authors?

How do publishers select authors

Large or small, a publishing company is a business, and to stay in business, it must be profitable. Regardless of how well you write or how clever your story is, the one reason a manuscript is chosen by a publishing company: it’s marketability. So how can you, as an author, make sure your manuscript has the best possible chance of being selected?

Write Well

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, be sure you are pitching the publisher a solid and compelling story. In fiction, this means well-developed characters and full story arcs; it means a plot that moves and resolves. In nonfiction, it means taking even a dry business topic and making it relevant and interesting to a reader.

Know the Audience

A publisher is more likely to see the potential in your book if you know it has an audience. Do your research. Know who is likely to read your book, how big the market is, and other tangential markets that might also be interested in the book.

Prove Your Credibility

Sure, there are publishers who will work with a completely unknown author, but you can make it more likely to be accepted if you can demonstrate that you are active on social media or involved in the industry about which your book is written.

Be Flexible

Every author wants that $100,000 advance against their future book. Be flexible about what you can really extract from a publisher if you are a new author. Take a smaller advance in exchange for a higher percentage of royalties (share in the risk).

Recognize the Advantage

Having your book published by a publishing company versus publishing independently adds a level of credibility that can boost sales. There is also an advantage of the in-house services offered by your publisher, from editing and proofing to cover design and more extensive market – things you would have to pay for yourself without a publisher there to help.

Partner with Publishers

Be willing to do what it takes to market your book, from speaking tours and book signings to establishing and maintaining a presence on social media. The more you are willing to help sell your own books, the more likely a publisher will be to select your book.

EditionGuard works with publishers of all sizes. We use Adobe’s DRM system to protect content, which is compatible with many e-Commerce systems. In addition, you can use our APIs to build out any kind of business solution that involves the secure distribution of eBooks.


If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you protect your revenue.

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Digital Publishing Industry Poised for Growth

The digital publishing industry continues to change even as most authors and publishers are still reeling from the changes of the last decade. But one thing is clear going forward: publishing a book takes as much tech experience these days as writing skills.

Tech Skill: Marketing

Advertising and marketing is a game of numbers, chance, and understanding Google algorithms. It’s no longer enough to get the book published; long before you even get a book on a shelf (digital or physical) there are all kinds of marketing efforts you’ll need to have in place: social media, website, a blog, subscription marketing, and more. For the indie author, there may not even be time to write after all that.

Tech Skill: Formatting and Digital Publishing

We would all like to think that if we write the book and upload it that it will magically look perfect on every reader and be a great experience for every reader. But if you include anything extra – images, charts, graphs, multiple font sizes, or chapter headings, you’re likely going to need to adjust the formatting to make it work for everyone.

Tech Skill: Converting Your Book

One of the best ways to reach a larger audience with your book is by converting it – to a podcast, an audio book, or even a screenplay. All of these conversions take a diverse skill set but can result in a much wider reach and bigger audience, which means more sales.

Tech Skill: Digital Rights Management

Digital locks, or also known as digital rights management (DRM) technologies, are measures employed by copyright owners and their publishers to protect their intellectual property and control how their data, software or hardware is used by others. In the publishing world, DRM is mainly used to prevent unauthorized access to or copying of digital files.

Indie Authors Need Indie Digital Publishing Partners

These tech skills aren’t always the forte of someone who just wants to write books. Luckily, one of the biggest trends to come into play this decade is the growth of small, online publishers, often in niche categories, who can partner with authors to provide the tech skills they need to have better success with their books. In addition, having a publisher can provide the author with more credibility.

Publishers will be able to leverage economies of scale by working with groups of authors and providing the marketing they need. They’ll benefit from the aggregate data they’ll be able to gather, which will help them provide comprehensive services, including sophisticated websites that help their authors stand out.

Publishers Partner with EditionGuard

EditionGuard works with publishers of all sizes. We use Adobe’s DRM system to protect content, which is compatible with many e-Commerce systems. In addition, you can use our APIs to build out any kind of business solution that involves the secure distribution of eBooks.


If you are an author or publisher looking to safeguard your digital assets, get in touch with us to start a 30-day free trial. Our services are easy to integrate with your website, with the more popular e-commerce environments supported by our turnkey solution. EditionGuard offers industry-leading DRM solutions at affordable, fixed monthly installments.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you protect your revenue.

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