At long last, I’ve resolved the AURA digital file distribution dilemma.
The challenge was to create a digital file that would be low-res, read-only and share-proof. Low-res, no problem. Read-only—not printable or alterable—check. But protecting it from being shared? Huge challenge.
The more I found out, the clearer it became that preventing sharing isn’t feasible. Explaining to people who bought AURA that the whole publication is suddenly online would be tough. How to resolve? Here goes:
Here is the digital file: AURA LOW-RES WATERMARKED FILE. I will also post the link on Twitter and on various Facebook pages.
—To those who purchased the printed AURA magazine: I know the heavily watermarked digital file will be annoying, but it may free you from having to open your printed copy as often.
—To those who purchased the digital file only: I will refund your US$10 via PayPal. Email me if you don’t receive the refund in the next few days.
If this watermarked digital file is shared—no worries.
Thank you for your patience. I hope you understand the dilemma and why I’ve resolved it this way. Any Qs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decide to order a printed copy of AURA, go to: https://adamlambertaura.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/special-holiday-offers/