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Alex Ryan

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Jan 31, 2017 5:28 PM   in response to: Elisabeth Cannell in response to: Elisabeth Cannell
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I would be willing to bet your sales would be significantly better if you did not use DRM. I say this because I have seven books, one of which I enabled DRM, and it is the only one that doesn't sell very well. I would change the option if I could.
Craig

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 3:24 PM   in response to: Alina Gabriela ... in response to: Alina Gabriela ...
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How about releasing one title in a series without DRM in the hope that 'wider distribution' would attract more attention to the rest?
Notjohn

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Apr 21, 2017 4:41 PM   in response to: Craig in response to: Craig
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It no longer matters much whether we choose DRM or not. Most ebooks are now released in KFX format, which will be delivered to all the newer Kindle devices and apps. And KFX, unlike DRM, is pretty much unbreakable.

I would wager that 99 percent of ebooks are bought by people who don't know whether the book is DRM'ed or not. There is a minority of people who know these things, but most of them aren't much interested in actually paying for a book

Good luck! -- NJ

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Primoz Kvaternik

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:46 PM   in response to: zombdiva in response to: zombdiva
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I am also publishing a new book and after reading all those comments, I will use NODRM option as well.
Thanks all for your posts.
Primoz
Trisha A. Lindsey

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 10:52 AM   in response to: Primoz Kvaternik in response to: Primoz Kvaternik
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All of my 17 NON-DRM titles ended up on mirror sites, where people could download them for free. ALL of them, EVERY single one, on multiple sites. And trying to get them removed, was like chasing a hydra with a plastic knife and a match. No success at all. Why buy the books when you can get them for free? I had to remove them ALL from KDP, re-edit them with new content, make new covers, and release them in paperback on Createspace,

This has cost me readers, and money. I don't agree with the 'payment per page read' subterfuge going on with KDP, but so many people read EBooks, I am being forced back into the EBook market. I will enable DRM on every book, EVERY single one. With the new changes and cover, if my books show up anywhere, then I can take legal action.

You can lose 1 or 2 readers per 10 gained with DRM, or you can lose all of your money on free downloads on book sites, there are hundreds of them out there, just like there are hundreds of mirror sites for watching pirated video, music and movies. Protect yourself. This is a caveat l'emptor tale to keep you from going through what I have, second time without DRM, shame on me.
chris

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 11:52 AM   in response to: Trisha A. Lindsey in response to: Trisha A. Lindsey
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Trisha, what 'mirror sites' are you talking about? Just curious. Are they pirate sites, or some sort of online reseller?
Salamander Mall...

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Re: To DRM or not... that is the question
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 3:42 PM   in response to: chris in response to: chris
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chris wrote:
Trisha, what 'mirror sites' are you talking about? Just curious. Are they pirate sites, or some sort of online reseller?

Evidently, she imagines pirate phishing sites really have books, just as she imagines DRM is real protection.
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