One of my clients has asked me to find out what it would take to build an ecommerce website for him that's intended to sell ebooks, and to have the purchases delivered directly to ereader devices (ie: Kindle / Nook, etc.)
Although I have plenty of experience with building ecommerce sites, .. including ones that sell non-tangible goods (ie: software downloads, etc) .. it's unclear as to how I'd go about delivering the ebooks directly to specific e-reader devices.
For example -- I often purchase ebooks through Amazon .. and upon doing so, I'm prompted to pick whether I'd like to have the ebook delivered to my IPhone or IPad. If I choose to have the book delivered to my IPad -- the next time I launch the Kindle app on my IPad -- the ebook that I recently purchased then automatically downloads, and is available for me to read.
So -- how is all of this done?? I don't even know how Amazon knows that I own an IPhone and and IPad -- at least -- I don't remember ever having to configure of my Amazon Account with this information. Or is this actually a necessary step that I simply forgot about?
Is there some off-the-shelf ecommerce product that we can install that enables or simplifies all of this ... either paid or free/open source? I have a lot of experience with Wordpress based website development -- and would love to be able to work with that platform if possible. But still - I'm open to all possibilities.
Lastly -- I was trying to explain to my client that there really isn't such a thing as "DRM" when it comes to ebooks .. that they're just files that can be downloaded, copied, and shared with others ... as long as you know how to extract them from your ereader device (ie: by hooking your IPad up to your PC and loading up ITunes, etc). Am I mistaken about this, however? Is there really such a thing as DRM for ebooks??
Anyways .. any useful information regarding this would be greatly appreciated.