DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, and it refers to different technologies that publishers use to limit copying, sharing, and printing of e-books.
The use of DRM is controversial. At first glance, DRM seems like a necessary thing to fight piracy and protect the author’s copyright. But DRM doesn’t do its job well. It’s relatively easy to remove DRM from an e-book. So the only thing DRM does is to annoy honest customers by restricting the ways in which they can use their legitimately purchased e-books.
Disadvantages of DRM:
- DRM prevents customers from reading their e-book on multiple e-book reading devices (e-reader, computer, tablet, cell phone…). Some types of DRM limit e-books to only one device.
- Unlike DRM-free e-books, e-books with DRM can’t be converted from one format to another with software such as Calibre. If you buy an e-book with DRM at Amazon, you can read it only on your Kindle, not on any other e-reader.
- If you switch to a different e-book reading device, you may lose access to your DRM-protected e-books.
- Honest customers are treated like potential criminals.
- Unlike physical books, you don’t own the book, just limited rights to use it. You can’t sell, trade, or lend most e-books, so readers have fewer rights and options than readers who buy paperbacks.
That’s why Ylva Publishing books are DRM-Free on any of our e-books. We believe that our readers should be able to read their e-books in whatever format and on whatever device they choose, without fear that they won’t be able to access their library anymore at some time in the future.
What’s your stance on DRM? Tell us about your experiences by leaving a comment. We’re looking forward to an interesting discussion.