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eBook DRM Solutions

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eBook Fulfillment Service

Choosing a DRM technology to fulfill and protect your ebook depends on your specific needs. Compare EditionGuard’s DRM solutions below to find the perfect DRM for you. All solutions are available to you with any EditionGuard plan.

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EditionLink EditionMark Readium LCP Adobe DRM

Overview

Simple ebook fulfillment that is inexpensive, perfect for minor publications.

Enhanced social DRM perfect for self-publishers seeking low fees.

Highly secure open spec DRM with flexible controls and low fees.

The most popular choice for securely distributing ebooks online.

Features

Limit how many or how long an ebook download link is active

Limit downloads and insert a watermark into your ebook

Control most aspects of the display, copy, and printing permissions

Control all aspects of the display, copy, and printing permissions

Rights Management

Low

Low

Medium

High

Encryption

Low

Low

High

High

DRM Type

Passive / Social DRM

Passive / Social DRM

Active DRM

Active DRM

File Types

EPUB, MOBI, PDF

EPUB only

EPUB only

EPUB, PDF

Reader App

Read on any device without reader app

Read on any device without reader app

Most 3rd party readers (Thorium, R2 Reader)

Adobe Editions reader app

Sharable

Can share the ebook with friends with ease

Can share the ebook file but has watermark

Limited, requires pass phrase to view

Very limited, reading is restricted to purchaser

Ease of Use

Very easy, user can download ebook and read

Very easy, user can download ebook and read

Moderate, requires user to download reader app

Moderate, requires user to download reader app

Download Fees

No per download fee

No per download fee

$0.79 to $1.79 per download

Varies by plan from $0.49 to $1.99 per download

Availability

Included with all EditionGuard plans

Included with all EditionGuard plans

Included with all EditionGuard plans

Included with all EditionGuard plans

Open API

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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The Pros & Cons of

Social DRM vs Adobe DRM vs Readium LCP

There are pros and cons to each DRM for ebook fulfillment. Explore them below.

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Social DRMs

Social DRMs are perfect for minor publications, they typically have reduced or no download fees and offer your readers the ability to instantly read your files. Explore the full pro and con list on our compare page.

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Pros
  • - No reader app needed
  • - Low or no download fees
Cons
  • - Easy to share ebooks
  • - No rights management

Readium LCP

Readium LCP is an open spec alternative to Adobe DRM offering military grade encryption and hashing for security, powerful and flexible content rights management at a lower cost per download compared to Adobe DRM.

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Pros
  • - Highly secure encryption
  • - Flexible rights management
  • - Open source
Cons
  • - Moderate Download Fees
  • - Multi-step fulfillment
  • - Requires Reader App

Adobe DRM

Adobe DRM technology is the gold standard in ebook fulfillment. Offering harden ebook security with the ability to control device access, copy and pasting permissions and print settings, but it comes with higher download fees.

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Pros
  • - Highly secure encryption
  • - Flexible rights management
  • - Trusted technology
Cons
  • - Highest Download Fees
  • - Multi-step fulfillment
  • - Requires Reader App

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