Publisher Adopts Measure to Prevent Web Piracy

Ipicturebooks.com, an affiliate of Time Warner Trade Publishing, is using a security technology by SealedMedia that is designed to prevent unauthorized use of its e-books by nonpaying customers. SealedMedia offers a production-ready method for sealing and managing the use of all types of online content, including music, video, text and video games. An animated storybook and interactive activity book based on Dreamworks' Shrek is the first sealed book to be available to paying customers on the publisher's Web site.

Ipicturebooks.com is designed to appeal to parents, children, teachers and librarians seeking in-print, out-of-print and original, enhanced e-books for use on home computers, school and library networked computers, and proprietary and open handhelds. The company's e-books are based on titles from several children's book publishers, and use Flash animation, music and text to tell the story. Ipicturebooks.com plans to introduce a variety of enhanced e-books, including custom e-books, electronic pop-up books and those with spoken text, music and animation. Among the trade publishers, studios and literary agents working with ipicturebooks.com are Henry Holt; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Millbrook Press; Oxford University Press; Little, Brown and Company; Reader's Digest; and Random House. Ipicturebooks.com, New York, NY, (212) 645-9870, www.ipicturebooks.com.

Ipicturebooks.com, an affiliate of Time Warner Trade Publishing, is using a security technology by SealedMedia that is designed to prevent unauthorized use of its e-books by nonpaying customers. SealedMedia offers a production-ready method for sealing and managing the use of all types of online content, including music, video, text and video games. An animated storybook and interactive activity book based on Dreamworks' Shrek is the first sealed book to be available to paying customers on the publisher's Web site.

Ipicturebooks.com is designed to appeal to parents, children, teachers and librarians seeking in-print, out-of-print and original, enhanced e-books for use on home computers, school and library networked computers, and proprietary and open handhelds. The company's e-books are based on titles from several children's book publishers, and use Flash animation, music and text to tell the story. Ipicturebooks.com plans to introduce a variety of enhanced e-books, including custom e-books, electronic pop-up books and those with spoken text, music and animation. Among the trade publishers, studios and literary agents working with ipicturebooks.com are Henry Holt; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Millbrook Press; Oxford University Press; Little, Brown and Company; Reader's Digest; and Random House. Ipicturebooks.com, New York, NY, (212) 645-9870, www.ipicturebooks.com.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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