If you self-publish you need to be aware of your rights when it comes to copyright. To help with this I’ve compiled (with a little help from a friend) a quick reference guide, which you can download from the link below:
In the real world this all crops up when it comes to thinking about Digital Rights Management (DRM).
DRM is often used on electronic media to protect the copyright holder. It can also be used to tie you in to a given media, for example:
Smashwords – multi-format and no DRM.
Amazon – mobi format and own DRM.
Other sellers – epub format and standard DRM.
As a self-publisher you need to make the choice about whether you want your book available as DRM-free (allowing readers to freely use it and pass on the good word) and/or DRM only (limiting you to the commercial sites where there’s already a lot of competition).