DRM benefits retailers and not authors DRM is an acronym for ‘Digital Rights Management’, and is something that all readers and authors of ebooks should understand. Sometimes called ‘Digital Restrictions Management’ by those who know how it works, it is a method used by retailers of digital products, including ebooks, to restrict the use of the file. Originally applied to music, many vendors of ebooks now use DRM to control what a buyer can do with an ebook. It also allows control over what a vendor can do with a file even after purchase. The well-publicised story of the Norwegian woman who had her Kindle ‘wiped’ by Amazon, is a
Kindle isn’t the only ebook reading device With the clear dominance of Amazon and Kindle in the ebook market, and particularly in its almost ever presence in social media mentions, there is a natural assumption that this is a worldwide phenomenon and that ergo, ebooks and self-publishing must equal Kindle. However, in my judgement, this is just simply not true. The popularity of the Kindle as a reading device is predominantly in the United States. Where I live in Europe, and I have heard the same from my UK friends, the Kindle is a rarely seen device. Amongst my own friends and family, both in Switzerland and Australia, not a
What? Used ebooks? When I first read this article about Amazon and Apple’s recent patent applications to enable the re-sale of used ebooks (and digital music), I was naturally quite perturbed. But after a little reflection, it is actually quite a logical step in the process of transforming publishing into electronic publishing. When you think about it, the concept is only an electronic extension from street front second hand bookstores that have been an integral part of the book market ever since books were first printed. The only difference being that instead of a kindly second hand book store owner making a living from used books, it will be two
Formatting an ebook is easy. One of the common questions I am asked is about formatting an ebook for Smashwords. While many think it is difficult or even tiresome trying to get a manuscript passed by Smashwords, the truth is that it is very easy. So long as you understand that you are preparing your ebook for a number of formats. For those used to publishing on Kindle, it often comes as a surprise that the file you uploaded to KDP is unsuitable for other formats. The reason is simple. Kindle converts your file to their one proprietary format and so long as it fits on the screen, you pass.