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Not sure if I should create an ebook of my children's book.

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    Hi,
    I'm a new self-published author of a children's book with professional illustrations. I was thinking of making an ebook of my children's book, but I'm not sure if I should. I've been told, some people may buy the ebook and remove the protection from the file and give it away to others for free. Then, the file will be "out there" and even more people can download it for free. If they are able to do that, they probably won't buy the book and I will not make very much on an ebook that people can download for free. I need to make a little money on all my efforts and try to make back the cost of self-publishing, which to date is almost $5000 for 1 book. I have 4 other children's books in the series which I need to publish.

    I would like know the pros and cons of an ebook to help me decide what to do. Also, any suggestions of who to contact to create the ebook. I have looked into many, but it is so confusing. Thanks so much for your help and advice.
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    There are currently NO ebooks formats that are 100% protected from theft. It simply doesn't exist. So anything you do has to be done with the knowledge that someone is going to steal your work.

    With that in mind, I would suggest if you have an Apple computer that you download the new iBook app which allows you to make an ebook for free and then directly publish it on the Apple store. Apple will take its normal 30% cut but it would allow you to only invest time in creating the ebook in their format.
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    Skull One has given you some great advice, that I certainly found interesting.

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
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    If you have a Mac get iBooks. Publish through the AppStore and you get all the built in protections.

    That said...

    You should be so lucky to have a book that people want to spread for free.
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    I was hoping you'd see this one, you're the only one I know who has an ebook out there.
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    Thanks for thinking of me. Two up, one more to go, then I'm working on the fourth, which I hope to be able to charge for. As a non-American, we have to jump through some hoops to move money through the app store. After about thirteen weeks, about 300 copies altogether of the two free books have been downloaded. If/when I get the 100 Cats book on the store, I shouldn't expect any return for six months. Just a guess. I know I won't get rich, and I know there's no chance I'll ever come near to recovering anything like $5000.

    DRM is practically useless. Anyone who wants a free copy of your book will know how to beat it. Embrace the now thoroughly broken model of commerce, or go home to paper. As has been said better by others, DRM punishes only your buyers.

    Baen books has embraced the DRM free model. Sales have increased. But one thing they have that I, and the OP do not have, is an audience. If someone likes my book enough to bother busting the Apple imposed DRM, to like it enough to share, then they are marketing for me. For free.
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    Good luck with those books and make sure you post here when you do so I can have a look at them. Cats are my favorite creature!
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    That's Tor books which has gone DRM free.
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    Thanks everyone for your help and information. I know what I'm going to do now.
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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the recent published work!
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