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vlgallas

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New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 15, 2010 4:06 PM
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I'm in process of publishing a new title here and returned to finish the product description area when I noticed a new feature. It states:

Enable digital rights management (DRM)

Do not enable digital rights management (DRM)

The publisher must check one box or the other before publishing. Kindle has always been known for DRM , so I am curious as to what is up.

I then went and looked at my titles that are already published, and yes, the feature is there also. I assume that to republish a title you must check the box of your choice.
john-and-urmila

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 16, 2010 5:18 AM   in response to: vlgallas in response to: vlgallas
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it's always good to have more options!

Cheers!
John
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cub06h

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 16, 2010 4:48 PM   in response to: john-and-urmila in response to: john-and-urmila
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Yes, but what are the pros & cons of DRM?

Do we have DRM enabled on our earlier titles?

If so, what does it mean that our titles can be downloaded to an infinite number of devices, as is the case with my Kindle books? (I.e., what's the difference between that and DRM unprotected?)
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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 22, 2010 8:18 AM   in response to: cub06h in response to: cub06h
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I found the answer to your second question - no, at this point titles sold through DTP do NOT have DRM enabled. That is most likely why they can be downloaded to an infinite number of devices.

This was a surprise to me, though I should have realized because of the "unlimited number of devices" statement on product pages.
sky484

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 25, 2010 12:33 PM   in response to: cub06h in response to: cub06h
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Did you ever receive any info as to the pros and cons of enabling DRM?
cub06h

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 26, 2010 6:00 AM   in response to: sky484 in response to: sky484
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No, but I can't see any reason NOT to apply it, given that Kindle books supposedly can't be copied, emailed, forwarded. If DRM works to slow down the process of pirating, why wouldn't we choose it?
kaushiggs

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 27, 2010 8:11 PM   in response to: sky484 in response to: sky484
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@sky484: DRM is a big issue in the music world. Some people swear by it, others not so much. I feel like it helps, because it reduces piracy -- limits the number of devices a copy of a book can go to, and moreover, this is only if the other devices are on the same kindle account. Reduced piracy implies more sales, right?

However, I know someone in the music world who don't DRM their music because they just want to be heard by anyone. If someone copies their music, they're ok with it because that many more people are caring to listen to them. So, they don't DRM their music, and sell it through Amazon's MP3 store because it is all DRM-free music. Ins't it similar in the books world? Spreading awareness and branding of an author will also help get their book(s) more popular. and not applying DRM would help with this in a roundabout way

So I guess there are pros & cons to each.
cub06h

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Jan 28, 2010 3:34 AM   in response to: kaushiggs in response to: kaushiggs
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A song last what, three minutes? You're much more likely to go back to the well for an 89-cent song that play sin the background than a $9.99 book that takes a week to read for a busy person. Besides, lots of authors have only the one book, or like me they write in different fields (fiction, history, journalism) that don't have much cross-referencing. Unlike Clive Cussler or the Beatles, I don't have a brand.
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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Feb 2, 2010 1:40 PM   in response to: cub06h in response to: cub06h
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After enabling DRM on one of my titles, I noticed, after checking the preview, that the table of contents page was mysteriously missing. Has this happened to anyone else?
cub06h

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Re: New Feature - enable DRM or do not enable DRM
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 3:45 AM   in response to: authorbg in response to: authorbg
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And it worked earlier? And you didn't upload a new version or otherwise change the content?

Fascinating! I don't use TOCs, figuring them unnecessary for ebooks, at least the sort I've been publishing, but I certainly see their value in some books--the sort that aren't read from beginning to end but are used as reference or selective reading.
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