January 3rd 2013.
Dear Adobe Experts:
I purchased Adobe Acrobat X Standard recently and used it to try and copy-protect my first e-book which I had authored as a pdf file. I followed the options available under Protection in Adobe Acrobat X Standard, opting to encrypt the pdf file and to add a second password for permissions (Restrict Editing and Printing) where I did NOT select or click the box which allows for content copying. When the pdf file was saved with these enhanced security parameters and opened in my Kindle e-reader, it asked for a password before it could be viewed. However, the file itslef could be copied freely and this is a big problem for me.
Please let me know which Adobe software to buy which will allow me to author a pdf which cannot be copied (it should only be able to be cut and pasted from one destination to another, never copied and pasted). I need to author such a copy-protected pdf file in order to offer my ebook for sale.
I look forward to getting your advice. Thanks. Talat Afroze, Toronto.
PDF files are files like any other, and can be copied, emailed, etc. at will. You can restrict who can open the PDF by encrypting it, but the only way to control file operations would be to hack the operating system on every device - and that's illegal.
Also, take care to read and understand the warning message that you get when you set password security.
Thanks, Dave! That was very succinctly put and cleared up all my concerns and the "cobwebs" in my brain I appreciate your help very much and I can now publish my e-book on my e-store confidently. Best regards, Talat