Re: e-publishing fiction

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 06:49:50 MDT

Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 10, 2000 at 05:29:13AM -0700, Zero Powers wrote:
> >
> > Wouldn't this plan basically require you to "customize" the book for every
> > single person who downloaded it? In effect giving everybody a slightly
> > different version of the story?
> Yes. It's not difficult; Peanut Press do it today. (Their approach is to
> use a proprietary reader and encrypt the files. To stop you passing 'em
> out, the encryption key is the credit card number and name you paid with.
> Very sneaky; trouble is, it's a pain to enter a 16-digit number, and
> what if you card expires or is replaced by a new one? I suspect they didn't
> talk to Visa or MC about this scheme ...)

Well, the point of that is to discourage people from giving away the
book by tieing it to something that person values: their credit card

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