Snapplify Knowledge Base

Introducing SnappSafe DRM and How licences work

Digital Rights Management, or DRM, is a system of protecting digital content, so that it cannot be copied, stolen, or used in a way that the publisher or owner of the content objects to.

Snapplify ensures strict encryption and protection of publisher-owned content using SnappSafe DRM, our international standard, tried and tested DRM software.

There are four primary restrictions:

Territorial restrictions

Publishers may restrict access to an ebook based on the location of the user (this usually occurs where the publisher does not have rights of sale in a particular territory). The publisher will specify the allowed/disallowed countries on a per title basis.

If the user is in a disallowed country, they will not be able to purchase the title. If the user wants to buy a book that is not available in their territory, they can raise this with support.

Licence periods

Users have access to read a purchased ebook for the duration of the licence period. Once the licence expires, they will no longer have access to the ebook.

Users should therefore select the licence that is most appropriate for their usage requirements. Please see below for further information on how licences work.

Device limits

There is a limit to how many devices a user can load their purchased content onto. This limit is set by the publisher of the book. Usually this limit is five devices, but some publishers have additional restrictions.

If a user is not able to download the content onto a second, fourth, or sixth device, they may have reached their device limit for that content item.

If a user believes that they have not yet reached their device limit, and they cannot download their books, they should contact

Copy/paste restrictions

Copy/paste functions within ebooks are disabled due to copyright requirements.

While users cannot copy/paste sections out of the book, they can easily make notes and highlights, and bookmark important sections that they want to come back to later.

How licences work:

Each licence purchased gives the user a right to read and use that ebook (under the terms of the DRM limitations explained above).

There are two important aspects to a licence:

  1. The licence type
  2. The licence period

Licence period

There are three different licence periods:

One-year licence

If you only need to use a book for one year, you can save money by buying a one-year licence. It’s much cheaper than buying a perpetual licence.

Three-year licence

If you need the book for longer than one year, but don’t need it forever, you can buy a three-year licence.

Perpetual licence

If you want to be able to read the book forever, you can buy a perpetual licence. That way, you’ll never lose your access to it.