How can I make it so a magazine delivered by email can only be used by the person it is emailed to?

by on June 7, 2013

Q: I have a question regarding software and files. Basically, I’m creating a magazine and would deliver it to my customers trough email. I would like to know how to avoid those who buy it to forward it to someone who didn’t pay.


2 Responses to “How can I make it so a magazine delivered by email can only be used by the person it is emailed to?”
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    What some companies do is they send password protected PDFs. The key is you need a system by which each person who signs up for the newsletter gets a password and then you send the PDF to them with that password protecting it. It will require some technology as if you have 100 subscribers then you need to send out 100 different PDF files.

    You still have the problem of someone forwarding their email to someone else with their password. It is less likely since there is a password on it and people tend not to like to share their password but it can still happen. The upside is you can figure out who is sharing your magazine if someone shares it online in an open forum with their password and you can cancel their account.

     
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    Publishing on-line and requiring a login is a very common option employed by many companies.

    Depending on your readership, you may also chose to go through a magazine printing service and have them send you printed copies of your magazine.

    I suggest googling around regarding ‘digital magazine publishing’ to explore and research these possibilities.