While you are reading this, I will be away celebrating my 3rd wedding anniversary. I will be back and responding to comments on Wednesday.
I’ve written (probably ad nauseum) about my various online ventures, including my ebook formatting and conversion service. I love ebooks and this was my “passion business;” my attempt to follow the Gen-Y dream of making a living off something you love. Like all of my other ventures, it hasn’t been very successful and I’ve taken to describing it to others as a hobby instead of a business.
So when I was approached by a blogger about doing a conversion for the first time in months, I jumped at the chance.
There was only one catch, he wanted DRM.
I feel strongly against DRM. I think it treats honest buyers like criminals, breaks the user experience, and does nothing to stop piracy. DRM schemes are hacked withing days, if not hours of being released. (Dirty little secret, before my Sony Reader got an upgrade to support DRM, I had to strip the copy-protection from library ebooks I rented to read them. I was ethical about it; I deleted the files when I was done reading them and never shared them with anyone else. But I broke the law, none-the-less)
But I had a paying customer who wanted it. I explained my reasons against it; he wasn’t swayed. He’s fallen for the MPAA/RIAA lies about the nature of piracy. He still wanted the DRM feature.
He’s a much bigger name than others I’ve worked with. Getting him as a client could be the big break I’ve been trying for for the past year and a half. Besides, it wasn’t like he wanted a major DRM scheme. There was just one little option he wanted. Just a matter of me clicking a checkbox in some software. So I caved and gave it to him. Now I feel dirty.
Have you ever sold out one of your principals? Should I have turned him down?
- How to Make $1000 Per Month Writing EBooks (grandpermonth.com)
- How To Write An E-Book In 14 Days! (paythebillsandmore.com)
- Commissioning an eBook – Less Work Than You Might Think (aspiringhigher.com)
- It’s the end of books as you knew them: E-books out-sell hardbound for the 1st time (zdnet.com)
- Blog Business Model 3: Sell Electronic Products (problogger.net)