Digital Rights Management

What is DRM and do I need it?

digital rights management for eBooks

When it comes to protecting your content, the online eBook retailers utilize what’s called DRM – Digital Rights Management.  Intended to safeguard eBook files from unauthorized copying and digital piracy, DRM acts as a shield around your eBook.  It’s designed to ensure only customers who have purchased the eBook are able to open it.  In many cases, it also prevents authorized buyers from copy and/or printing material from the eBook file.  However, that same DRM also keeps the purchaser from being able to do legitimately “legal” things with their eBooks.  For instance, let’s say a customer who owned a first generation Kindle replaces her device with a new Nook.  She’ll be quite frustrated, and perhaps more than slightly annoyed, when she discovers she can’t transfer all those Kindle edition eBooks she purchased over the years to her Nook.

Opponents to DRM argue it does nothing but hinder the freedom of honest customers… and that technologically savvy individuals will find a way to pirate what they want regardless of DRM.  In fact, it’s now widely acknowledged that most DRM systems currently in place have already been compromised to some extent.  None of the eBooks we create for you will have DRM, because that’s a system that’s applied by the online retailers if you choose to utilize it.  As author and/or publisher of your title, the decision is yours.  We encourage you to learn more about it, though, as there are many factors to consider.