Protect your eBook

Two types of protection

StreetLib offers the following two choices when it comes to protecting ebooks:

  1. Adobe DRM (€0,25 for each order): Adobe's protection prevents anyone who purchases the book from print and copying/pasting the text. It requires the reader to register an Adobe account and restricts access to a maximum of 6 devices (all of which must be named on the same Adobe ID account).
  2. Social DRM (Watermark) (free): Also known as soft DRM, this is a form of non-invasive protection. The book contains the name and/or email of the person who bought the book (or other information if you wish). This way, you can trace any pirated copies back to the original buyer.  In addition to being present on the last page of the eBook, the watermark is hidden in every page. A watermarked eBook can be read on all eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and computers.

How to apply the protection

Once you upload your ebook on the StreetLib platform, at the end of the process, you will be able to choose which protection to apply to the it:

  • By selecting Adobe Content Server 4, Adobe DRM is applied. You must set its reading, copy and print permissions (how many devices, which ones, and for how long).

  • By selecting Watermark, an Ex Libris digital graphic is applied to the book. StreetLib offers a standard template for the Watermark, but you can also upload your own custom one (768x1024 px maximum). In order to do so, you just have to click on Management > Watermark in the app. 


In general, we usually suggest using the Watermark (soft DRM) over the Adobe DRM (strong DRM), in order to make it easy for the end customers to archive, manage and enjoy the digital content they purchased.

Bookstore / app specific protection

Most of the digital content platforms like Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play Books, Kobo, Scribd, etc... manages the ebook protection within their own proprietary system, meaning that they apply their own proprietary protection method instead of relying on the Watermark or the Adobe DRM provided by the Publishers through StreetLib.

These proprietary protection systems are always evolving and you can refer to these platforms websites for more information about them.

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