Macmillan’s science-fiction publishing arm announced today that is abandoning digital rights management (DRM); here’s my reaction from the point of view of a self-published indie author. What’s yours?
DRM is for the benefit of the publisher, not the author or reader. Print books have been passed around since Gutenberg; no reason digital books shouldn’t be treated the same, except to give Amazon a lock on both the reading device and the content. For the author, exposure is the name of the game. Many of us already freely give away books to build a following and generate buzz for the next book. You don’t make real money off of a single book; you make it by building a franchise.
Tell me what you think.