Once It Leaves Our Hands: The DRM Argument Continues

If you’re new to the “publishing world” and plan to self-publish an eBook, this is some of what you’re about to jump into. Last week, several self-published authors left comments of protest under the announcement Lulu Says Goodbye to DRM, while other authors stated they are on board with the decision. In between author comments, readers attempted to have their voices heard. Here is how the Lulu blog post begins:

Effective January 15, 2013, Lulu will no longer offer Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM as an option when publishing or revising eBook content in EPUB and PDF formats.

If you don’t already know, Lulu is a self-publishing service for authors, offering both print-on-demand books (printed and shipped upon individual order by customer) and eBooks (downloaded individually when ordered by customer). DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It’s computer code meant to block copying (known as piracy) of eBooks. Continue reading