Easy DRM For Self-Published Authors? Really?
February 4, 2013 | 11:00 am
By Juli Monroe
Well here’s a terrible idea. DBW just posted a press release about Edition Guard, which brings Adobe DRM to indie authors and small presses who want to sell books direct from their website.
Have we learned nothing in recent years? DRM doesn’t stop piracy. It’s ridiculously easy to crack. All DRM does is punish non-tech savvy readers who don’t know how to seek out the tools to get rid of it.
Even if DRM worked, Adobe DRM is a terrible platform. It only allows activation on six devices. So what happens when you purchase your seventh device? You have to contact Adobe directly, and I’ve heard too many horror stories about that experience to wish it on anyone.
Tor eliminated DRM on its catalog last year. Many indie authors release their books DRM-free, knowing that it’s a competitive advantage in this marketplace. A DRM solution for indie authors is a step back, not forward.