Around the time that Adobe launched this service, they promoted it as being able to convert almost any file type, including web pages,effortlessly into pdf. So, since that sounded like a challenge to me, I took it.
I submitted on of my gateway pages into their engine. A day or so later, I received my gateway page as pdf. It took 2 pdf pages to convert it. However, it looked GREAT. All my graphics, including the background, were preserved. So were the links.
Now, all I had to do was create a web page or a page in a site, have Adobe spider it to pdf and insert it on removable media (like a CD). Whomever I send it to would use it just like a regular web page. If they are online, they would be immediately transported to those sites.
Now just think of the added possibilities...Let's say that you just created a product, be it a book or software or whatever. You include a CD that may have other information on it, the pdf reader AND a copy of the webpage you designed AS pdf. This web page could look EXACTLY like your site on the internet. If they hadn't been there, they CAN easily. IF you've designed the page well, it could gate into a private site or just to other pages of interest on your site...AND to other products. This way, you have a mechanism to keep them coming back.
I know that I will use this technology, and I am savoring over Secure Buy IF it works like they state that it should.
I know that Ken Envoy had stated that he was coming out with some type of secure pdf technology. Then NOTHING happened...and Ken made no more promises about it. So, the market is ripe for someone who can deliver.
Digital book publishing will never be the same. It is a brave new world...