What is DRM?
DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It's a technology used by publishers to control digital content and devices. It was originally introduced to curb sharing, pirating and illegal copying of books. We believe, however, that DRM manages rights away from the reader—in addition to raising prices and helping to funnel sales through corporate retailers.
As an example, at any point in time, Amazon.com can remotely delete a copy of a purchased book from your Kindle (as they did with 1984). We believe that once you purchase a good from us, it should be yours—forever.
We offer every book we sell DRM-free. Why?
The number one reason is that we trust the reader. When you purchase a novel from us, you get the file for the book. If you thought it was easy buying the book, it's even easier to let a friend pirate it—just attach the file to an email and you're done.
Because our royalty model is completely transparent ($6 per book, $4.42 to the author, $1.09 to 0s&1s, $0.47 to our e-commerce provider), readers know a good majority of the money they pay goes straight to the person(s) that made the material. By going DRM-free, we don't have to worry about getting a third party involved—i.e. Amazon—and lowering the author's take.
DRM has been rendered irrelevant.
There's also an unavoidable fact about DRM and e-books: it is very easy to strip the encryption. Very, very, very, very, very easy. If a reader wanted to pirate a book, any book, it wouldn't take them long. We hope all of the readers of our novels purchase them straight from us, but we can only trust that they do—DRM or not.