Kobo takes a number of steps to prevent your content from being copied, saved, distributed and reproduced. We offer our vendors the option to enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) on all of their titles.
The content you distribute using Kobo Writing Life is currently made available to Kobo customers in four ways:
- Through our mobile client.
- Through our web client.
- Through Adobe Digital Editions (as both an ePub and PDF).
- Through Kobo Desktop.
Each channel has unique security and technical capabilities, explained below:
eBooks read on one of Kobo’s mobile service clients are stored in the device. This allows users to have ongoing access to content, even without a mobile network connection. Access to the content requires the user to have a Kobo app installed on the device, as well as a valid login and password to unlock the encrypted files. Files with DRM switched on are blocked from cut/copy/paste functionality.
eBooks read on one of Kobo’s web service clients require an online connection at all times and are not downloaded to the customer’s computer. Instead, they are pulled from the customer’s Kobo Cloud library. As with mobile access, a valid login and password are required for unlocking and reading content. Kobo eBooks are displayed online using our eReading Service Client via the Adobe Flash viewer. If requested, this service can also be used to prevent users from copying or printing content. Furthermore, we have introduced a throttling mechanism to prevent bulk content from downloading–if a script attempts to access the site too quickly, we will display a CAPTCHA requiring the user to prove they are human before continuing.
Adobe Digital Editions & Adobe Content Server Kobo
eBooks can also be downloaded as encrypted ePub and PDF files using Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe Content Server. This allows them to be read on any supported device.
eBooks read on the Kobo Desktop application are stored on the computer. This allows users to have ongoing access to content, even without an internet connection. Access requires the user to have Kobo Desktop installed on their computer, as well as a valid login and password to unlock the encrypted files. Files with DRM switched on are blocked from cut/copy/paste functionality.
*Both mobile and web versions of Kobo’s eReading Service Clients employ encryption and hash algorithms to protect the content in transit and locally on mobile devices. A unique key is assigned to each user and to each mobile device or web session. That key is used to encrypt content before being sent to the client, preventing users from taking content off the device and loading it into other devices or systems. Kobo uses the 128-bit version of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) of the US Government. Kobo Writing Life Author Guide 55
The Kobo eReading Service was designed by team members of Chapters.Indigo.ca, Canada’s premier online book retailer. Building on that expertise, we have applied modern security principles and selected a leading hosting provider for our Kobo eReading Service Clients and database. The Kobo Inc. datacenter employs a number of security mechanisms to protect your content on our servers:
Access is limited to authorized users and these users are granted only the minimum access required to perform their role.
Network facilities are protected by:
A firewall to prevent intrusion.
Encrypted VPN access from Kobo’s office to our datacentre.
Physical access is protected by a two-factor authentication process:
Key card and biometric authentication.
Closed circuit video surveillance of the entrance and exit points.
Hosts are secured by regular testing, monitoring, and patching.
Kobo takes a these steps to prevent your content from being copied, saved, distributed and reproduced. In addition, we offer our vendors the option to enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) on all of their titles.