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How to deliver a print magazine online, while avoiding piracy?

Anonymous Coward writes | about 9 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "I work for a technical magazine that has been available in print for over 40 years. Moving to providing an alternative subscription available online has been hard; the electronic version is quickly pirated and easily available around the world each month.

We are a small company, and our survival depends not only on advertising but on the subscription fees.

Do any slashdotters have experience of delivering electronic magazines via a subscription service in a way that is cost effective and secure?"

3 comments

A TPM chip. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44338221)

I'm not that into DRM, one of the features of my motherboard I found a selling point was no TPM chip.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_Platform_Module [wikipedia.org]

Re:A TPM chip. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44339729)

Probably time to switch to an all advertising-supported format...

For the sake of your readers, please don't use one of the "online magazine" formats that flip fake paper pages and use the mouse to move a page around on the screen. These take forever to navigate and are a real pain to use.

beware DRM (1)

Spazmania (174582) | about 9 months ago | (#44340351)

Watermark the documents for each subscriber. Then, see which ones show up pirated and handle it privately with the few subscribers who were the source.

DRM that tries to prevent piracy through preventative technical measures...

a) doesn't work.
b) pisses off your customers.

BTW, you may as well offer an online copy with the paper subscription. If you don't and your magazine is worth anything, it'll just be scanned and PDFed anyway. Most of your customers want to pay you, but they expect you to deliver the magazine in an unencumbered format that they find convenient.

Have a look at BAEN books. They have a winning formula.

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