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Announcement: DRM & eBooks Published in the Lulu Marketplace

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Starting January 15th, Lulu will discontinue support for Adobe Digital Rights Management. For more information about why Lulu will no longer offer DRM, please read this blog post by our COO, Tom Bright: Lulu Says Goodbye to DRM.

The schedule below outlines how this will affect DRM-protected eBooks published in the Lulu Marketplace for both authors and readers.

January 15, 2013

  • The Apply DRM option will be removed from the eBook publishing wizard.
  • Revisions of existing eBooks occurring after this date will be published without DRM eliminating the need for consumers to authorize eBook purchases through registered Adobe Digital Editions accounts.
  • All DRM protected projects on your My Projects page will be labeled to indicate they must be revised and republished before March 12, 2013 to remain available for sale on the Lulu Marketplace.

March 12, 2013

  • All unrevised eBook projects that continue to have DRM protection will be automatically set to Private Access status, removing them from the Lulu Marketplace.
  • eBooks available through distribution outlets (iBookstore and Barnes & Noble) will continue to be available for purchase following the status change.
  • Change the eBook project status from Private Status to General Access to make your eBook once again available for purchase and download in the Lulu Marketplace without Adobe Digital Editions DRM.

June 11, 2013

  • Lulu’s Adobe Digital Editions servers will be decommissioned.
  • Consumers who have previously authorized their purchase through Digital Editions will continue to have access to their DRM protected eBooks.
  • Consumers who purchased DRM protected eBooks and have not authorized them prior to June 11, 2013 will be unable to access their purchase. The Lulu support team will assist these consumers as needed.

What do you need to do?

  1. After January 15, 2013 open your My Projects page.
  2. DRM protected eBooks will be labeled in your project list.
  3. Simply wait until March 13 when all you need to do is change the project status from Private to General Access allowing you to by-pass the eBook Distribution QA process.

Please keep in mind that if your eBooks are also available through distribution outlets such as the iBookstore and Barnes & Noble they include encryption applied by the retailer. If your eBook is set to Private Access status, it will continue to be available for purchase on the retail sites you selected when submitting your eBook for distribution.

Important Note: If you have Public Domain or French language eBooks in distribution through Lulu, please read this important announcement: Distribution Policy Update for Public Domain and French eBooks

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