Amazon Enables DRM’d Publishing on DTP

If you haven’t been following the eBook world, the above headline probably sounds like gibberish. But, if it sounds like gibberish to you, you’re probably not reading this blog. Anyway, Amidst a flurry of very public announcements last week, Amazon also quietly changed an important publishing option for users of its Digital Text Platform (DTP), the site through which self-published authors and small publishers can upload their titles to the Kindle store: now there’s a little toggle that wasn’t there before, allowing you to turn DRM protection for your book on or off.
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According to CNET’s Rafe Needleman (and eBookNewser took its own screenshots while looking into this story, so don’t think we stole ’em and didn’t give credit), Amazon added the toggle last week, though, writes Needleman, “it’s not, Amazon says, a new feature.” The screenshot above depicts the new toggle found in the DTP control panel. The box below is Amazon’s explanation of DRM.

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He goes on to explain that previously, DRM-free was the default setting, and now Amazon has added the option to offer DRM on DTP-published books. So, if you want to lock down the eBook no one will find out about anyway, now you can!

On a related note, and once again in another life, this blogger did a little story on how to create an eBook using the DTP. If you haven’t poked around the DTP yet, it’s well worth doing, just to see how simple it is to publish a Kindle book. More on that in the coming weeks, as our “Making of An eBook” series continues.