What Is DRM

by Greg on April 27, 2009

If you’ve been reading about ebooks and the Kindle for any length of time you are sure to have come across the term DRM. But what is DRM and what does it stand for? First of all, DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. DRM is a term used to describe techniques for restricting the free use and transfer of digital content. This not only include books but video and music files among others.

What does this have to do with your Kindle? Although the DRM does help in keeping books from being copied and sold illegally it does have its drawbacks for Kindle owners. For instance, if you purchase a Kindle book and want to lend it to a friend like you would do with a typical paperback book, you can’t because of the DRM. While this is a drawback it is certainly not something that should keep you from purchasing a Kindle. It should be noted that not every ebook has DRM. There are plenty of books available that you can share with friends after reading them.

If you want a more in depth understanding of the whole DRM issue, here are a couple of articles that will help you out:
DRM Primer
What is DRM?
The Kindle and DRM

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