Direct Licensing for Publishers

desLibris offers a new option to publishers for licensing content directly to institutions, instructors, students or others requiring single or multiple copies of copyright materials for course use.

Here’s how it works:

  • Content owners / publishers may load and display titles available for licensing on their branded Publiq site for exposure to interested licensees. All titles available through Publiq are also included in preview form on desLibris.
  • Individuals or institutions seeking licenses for classroom or limited-term use may submit requests through the site.
  • On the online request form, licensees indicate the terms of their request, including desired start and end dates, number of licenses required and any other special needs. Complete books or individual chapters may be licensed.
  • Requests are routed to publisher order desks, where pricing is set and permission granted. Upon receipt of payment or agreement, publisher provides a token to the licensee which unlocks the licensed content under the agreed-upon terms.
  • To redeem the token, licensees access the book through desLibris or Publiq, using the free desLibris/SONY e-Reader app to access the licensed content, downloading it for personal use under the license terms granted.
  • With a widget supplied by desLibris, publishers may also run licensing from their own websites.


Total publisher control; all transactions are controlled by the rights owner. Sales receipts flow directly to the rights owner’s account. There are no intermediaries and hence no discounts.

The simplicity of the licensing process promotes legal usage and reduces losses from secondary sales.

The desLibris e-Reader

The new desLibris e-Reader renders PDF and ePUB. 
Apps are available for IOS and Android devices; Microsoft coming in 2017.
The reader is available for download by any authenticated user of desLibris. 
Because the reader is compliant with OPDS, books owned or borrowed from other Open Access sources like Open Library or Feedbooks may be included in an individual user's bookshelf.


The desLibris e-reader is built on the Sony DADC User Rights Management Solution, which is designed to support a wide variety of educational and library use cases, while giving content owners the most powerful eBook security on the market.

URMS features the same anti-tamper technology used to effectively protect video games such as Call of Duty and FIFA15, the kinds of products most targeted by hackers.

Simple User Experience

URMS is an API-based system, which allows licensors to grant access without a separate ID, like an Adobe ID. The desLibris user account (based on an email address) is the only ID required. So once a user is known to desLibris, authentication is simple and secure.

Business Models

URMS supports a variety of creative business models, including

  • multi-user, time-delimited classroom licenses. Publishers sell (or, in effect, rent) content with a single license, allowing a specified number of users to download and read for a specified period of time. The license may be renewed without requiring users to re-download.
  • single-user licenses for examination copies which may be upgraded simply to time-delimited (or permanent) desk copy licenses.
  • a license may be converted from one license model to another during the term of the license.
  • individual chapters within a file may be set to “sharable” to allow licensed users to share entire books with another user; leaving only the sharable chapter readable by the unlicensed user

This flexibility allows for these scenarios:

  • A four-month license for 35 students.
  • A purchased eBook with a conventional single-user license but where the first chapter is unlocked, allowing a user to share the book with friends who can read the first chapter.
  • An eBook distributed for free to employees with a revocable license, allowing a particular user’s access to be terminated, or allowing an obsolete edition to be expunged across all distributed copies.
  • A purchased eBook lent by its purchaser to a friend; the purchaser can no longer read, but the friend can. The friend can return it, or the original purchaser can retrieve it - a nice instance of an eBook allowing users to do more with the eBook than they can with the print book. The content owner can permit one or more lends by the purchaser, or none.
  • A group of titles with a conventional single-user library lending license could be changed for a period of time to unlimited simultaneous lends around a particular holiday promotion or backlist promotion ahead of an author’s newest book.