Watermarks for e-books at HC US

Watermarks for e-books at HC US

HarperCollins in the US is aiming to battle piracy with a new invisible watermark being applied to its e-books.

The publisher will use Digimarc Guardian Watermarking for Publishing, a system which applies a watermark to each e-book that is invisible to the reader, but will enable HarperCollins to track any copies which appear online.

Watermarks can be applied to e-books in a range of formats, including EPUB, PDG and MOBI, and will be applied to publisher's US e-book catalogue, sold globally where the rights are available. The company said that only the individual watermark is identified online, with no personal information passed over.

Chantal Resitvo-Alessi, chief digital officer at HarperCollins, said the feature would help protect authors. She said: "We are pleased to add this new service to our anti-piracy toolbox. Part of the value publishers provide is protecting the livelihoods of our authors and ensuring that they're being properly compensated for their work. Digimarc Guardian Watermarks help us identify and stop potential e-book leaks in our digital supply chain that result in piracy. This technology, alongside the monitoring and takedown service, helps us better protect our authors' content."