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.