Diesel eBooks announced today the deployment of a free online tool designed to dramatically reduce the uncertainty of downloading an encrypted ebook.
Visitors are now able to certify their computer upfront by downloading a sample encrypted ebook at no charge. The test ebooks are available in three different versions according to reader format including Adobe Reader, Microsoft Reader and Palm/eReader.
L. Scott Redford, President of Diesel eBooks (www.diesel-ebooks.com), states, "Downloading an encrypted ebook for the first time can be intimidating. While this fear has been a barrier to some in expanding their reading collection to ebooks, our hope is this free tool will take the fear out of the equation and create confidence in a smooth transaction."
Alexander Turcic, editor of the popular online community Mobileread http://www.mobileread.com, welcomes the new feature by Diesel eBooks:
"In a perfect world, publishers would choose to distribute their best-sellers without DRM protection, and all customers would behave themselves and never pirate copyright-protected material. As long as we haven’t reached this state yet, Diesel eBooks DRM simulator is a fast and effective alternative helping newbies to learn more about the advantageous use of digital books."
Digital Rights Management, the technology used by ebook publishers to protect author’s works from being illegally duplicated, has long been a double edged sword. While it has provided publishers and author’s confidence in distributing their product in digital form, it has complicated the process of purchasing an ebook and even deterred some consumers from ebooks altogether. It is these consumers Diesel is hoping to serve with the test download by essentially giving them a "try before you buy" experience.
"We’ve offered free unencrypted ebooks since our start, but that’s not the same." claims Redford. "To truly simulate a download, there has to be Digital Rights Management (DRM), involved. Our test downloads are the real thing so once you get one under your belt you can be confident there won’t be a problem when it’s time to use the credit card."
Diesel eBooks http://www.diesel-ebooks.com offers over 35,000 popular, professional and academic ebooks in multiple, secure formats including Microsoft, Adobe and Palm Readers. Visitors can make their selection faster using 50 categories and 2,300 sub-categories in addition to a robust search tool.