DRM (Digital Rights Management) is intended to inhibit unauthorized distribution of the Kindle file of your book. Some authors want to encourage readers to share their work, and choose not to have DRM applied to their book. If you choose DRM, customers will still be able to lend the book to another user for a short period, and can also purchase the book as a gift for another user from the Kindle store.
And I thought, "Well that seems like a good thing. I don't want people pirating my book."
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My first thought was "Really?" Seconded by "How do you even know if the book has DRM?" I've never really paid attention to that because it obviously wasn't an issue. But then other than giving out a free copy for promotions, I never loan books to anyone else. I don't see on the product page on Amazon or B&N where it lists whether it has DRM or not. Amazon has a category for "Lending" but that's not exactly the same because my books equipped with DRM say they have lending too. The thing is, once your book is published (at least on Amazon) you can't turn the DRM off. So if I want to get rid of it I'd have to unpublish them and reload them or some damned thing. Seems like a lot of work.
So maybe someone can educate me on what the big deal is and how you know if it has DRM and how much I should be worried about that. I have gotten a couple of books returned in the past, so maybe that was the reason--except for those that were just blatant cases of theft. Though I'd say if you bought my book so you could give it away to all your friends to read, then maybe I'm better off if you don't buy it. But I suppose I'm looking at this through the corporate glasses of "I don't want a bunch of freeloaders distributing my book!" instead of the artsy, "I just want people to read my book!" rose-colored glasses. Well, since I'm in debt up to my eyeballs, freeloaders don't do me much good.
I tend to side more with Helen Fielding on a Simpsons episode where someone at a book club says, "You didn't even read the book!" and she says, "As long as she bought a copy of it I still get the money." That's my attitude. I don't care so much if you READ the book, so long as I get PAID for the book. I know that's shameful behavior for an "artist" but if you saw my bank account you'd probably understand why.
So stop whining about DRM and give me money!