Well, the problem with that is still the same, brujaha123 -- under your paid-access plan, once a person purchases access, he or she can then make a digital copy and sell it or give it away.
Unauthorized selling of the books is almost a non-starter, but there are many sick-minded individuals, such as Frances Osborne, who are basely addicted to the attention they derive, or the sense of entitlement they feel, or the edgy criminality they can experience by setting up temporary web sites to distribute free copies of copyright protected texts and art.
There are forums where people ask for digital copies of very inexpensive books -- just to be able to rip them off. It is a kind of kleptomania, i think, because they make no profit from it, and in many cases they are not even particularly interested in the subject matter, but they get an adrenaline rush of some sort, especially when they can distribute free copies of books by well-known authors, acting as some kind of "in-the-know" distributor.
The problem for me is i cannot publish books under those terms.
My authors get a 10% royalty on each book printed. For example, a $9.00 book nets the author 90 cents per copy. Even if the book is on an obscure topic like folk magic, it may sell well enough to generate $1,000.00 per year for the author, every year, for life. If an author writes 12 such popular books, and works a full time job, then, when the author retires, he or she can rely on Social Security plus about $1,000.00 extra per month. This is not insignificant, and it is a factor that drives authors to write and produce work -- because as long as the material stays in print, royalties will continue to be paid.
I hope that all of you who like our books understand the gravity of the situation we are facing here. Anyone can write web pages as a hobby, but book publishing requires a team of collaborators, including not only the author and the publisher, but also artists, designers, typesetters, editors, proofreaders, printers, binders, shippers, distributors, and retailers. All of these people earn a flat fee for their work, every time they perform a job connected with handling the book -- except for the author, who receives royalties for the lifetime of the publication, each time the book is reprinted.
As a publisher, it is my duty (and i take that duty very seriously indeed) to provide royalties to my authors. Royalties are paid upon publication for each entire print run. If a book is ripped off digitally, demand drops off, and there is little incentive to keep it in print, hence i will have to drop it from my publishing list, which means that the author's royalties will be cut off. The author's legitimate source of income is decreased each time a book is distributed illegally.
I know that it may seem to you as if i am a big old meanie who is keeping you from enjoying your "in the closet" experience of folk magic, but my husband and i are operating under a different paradigm -- we are expending a great deal of our own unpaid energy and talent to preserving and popularizing folk magic, and we believe that the best way to do so, at the present time, is through the publication of small, inexpensive, densely-texted books with a (generally) $9.00 cover price for distribution worldwide.
Our books can be shipped in discreet packaging to a mail-drop box, if you request that service, and you can rent a small storage space where you can read them in privacy.
Be creative -- think outside your "closet."
Good luck to you!