I Want to Be Like J. K.
How does a billionaire author sell her digital and audio books? J. K. Rowling, a pretty smart creator of the legendary Harry Potter series, never sold her digital or audio rights to any mainstream publisher. That’s right, folks, she’s now doing it all on her own at pottermore.com!
Now you can be one step ahead of J. K. Rowling. Why? Because even though she’s selling direct to the reader, and she owns 100% of the digital and audio rights to her property, she’s still allowing the buyers to download her eBooks in the extremely unsecure epub format. ePub is the major reason why the major book publishers won’t allow libraries to lend their copies to a library patron.
Also, at the recent London Book Fair, a complete presentation on eBook Piracy was given to demonstrate the fact that over $350 million were lost to pirates in a single year. According to research by Dutch firm GfK, only 10% of all eBooks currently on e-readers, smartphones or tablets is actually paid for. Meanwhile a survey conducted by Book Industry Study Group found that during the Spring 2013 semester, 34% of college students in the United States illegally downloaded course materials from unauthorized websites.
The fact is, the minute you, the publisher/author allows the reader/buyer access to the complete eBook, it can be pirated. The only way to keep one step ahead of the digital pirates is to make the DRM (Digital Rights Management) system the most secure it can be.