Self Publishing

To use DRM or not to use DRM

November 10, 2017

DRM or Dig­i­tal Rights Man­age­ment can be a sticky sub­ject to dis­cuss, but it’s some­thing you should con­sid­er when you’re look­ing to self-pub­lish.

If you talk to some­one who is pro-DRM, they’ll tell you all about how it adds an extra lay­er of pro­tec­tion to the author’s work. If you talk to some­one who is anti-DRM, they’ll tell you all about how DRM is to restric­tive and easy to bypass and that it’s like putting a lock onto your book.

So how do you decide whether to use it on your ebooks or not? Is it even pos­si­ble to look at DRM objec­tive­ly? Apple, Ama­zon and oth­ers DRM ebooks – although Ama­zon does give authors who are self-pub­lish­ing through Kin­dle KDP the option to not use DRM – using it means a read­er can­not down­load your book to any­thing oth­er than the device/app linked to the respec­tive com­pa­ny. So if your book is down­loaded from the Apple store it can only be read on an Apple device/app. If it’s down­loaded from Ama­zon, it can only be read on a Kin­dle or the Kin­dle app. Nei­ther of these both­er me all that much as I use the Kin­dle App on most things, so all I need to do is go to Ama­zon and send the book to the device I wish to read it on. I don’t know if it’s the same for Apple.

Anoth­er argu­ment against DRM is that peo­ple shouldn’t be fixed to the app they’ve down­loaded it for, and that had it been a phys­i­cal book you can read it any­where, lend it out or give it to some­one else to read.

I’d love to hear from some of you on where you stand on the DRM issue.

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