** Note: DRM is 'digital rights management' so a reader can't steal your work. It's a method to make sure you can't copy the e-book, an extra security measure.
I was told by another friend of mine, when I first started publishing books that DRM will add storage space to a book. Readers don't like their space sucked up by one book, but would rather have more than one book on their Kindle or Nook. So I didn't include it.
Now I'm finding out more and I'm SO happy I didn't include it. Here's why:
- Apple's use of DRM may make it unable to be viewed by users: (http://computer.howstuffworks.com/drm5.htm) as well as other bookstore websites (http://ebookarchitects.com/learn-about-ebooks/drm) when the user tries to port the book to another platform.
- DRM is easy to remove from any ebook: (here's one example-- http://ebook-drm-removal.en.softonic.com/) so adding the DRM is useless. If criminals want to pirate the book, they will.
- If you travel to a place where the ebooks aren't for sale, you won't be able to open them: (http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ebook-drm-5-reasons-to-free-your-kindle-library/#!8xnWj)
- If Amazon wants to, it can turn off your ebooks if they have DRM enabled (http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ebook-drm-5-reasons-to-free-your-kindle-library/#!8xnWj)
And there are more reasons, too, listed all over the Internet.
So when you think you're protecting yourself, you may be hurting sales by including DRM.
Have a great week!