How to Discuss Something that Does Not Interest You

There’s been a bit of debate in my comments section about my hasty decision to check the DRM box on the Kindle version of my book. I have looked into removing the DRM, but to do so I would have to issue a new edition, losing all reviews and ranking the book has gained, and triggering exactly the problem that the people who complained about the DRM were worried about.

Instead, I have made a DRM-free version of the book available on Smashwords.

You may notice that the Smashwords edition is one dollar more expensive. This is because the book took some reformatting for their system, and because they figure their royalties differently.

I should also point out that this means the book will soon be available on Sony, Kobo, and iBooks. I'm still working on Google Play.

Thanks for your patience, for checking out my book Off Be the Wizard(Available for Kindle (USUK),  Nook, old-school, dead tree form, and as a free sample), and for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

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Reader Comments (33)

They probably break your fall more comfortably than an alligator as well, but you'd want them to be at least 4 or 5 deep.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

Wait a minute...does my dead tree version also have DRM? If so I am furious.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAK

I just read the rest of the book today (having read the sample earlier). I would say it gets better after the sample, so if you're on the fence from the sample, go for it.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

MAK - Paper is a form of DRM. Like any DRM, you can make and distribute copies, it just takes a lot of work.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Just bought the Smashwords version... I don't think Amazon or B&N lets you download a DRM free book onto a Linux laptop just using your browser (in order to transfer to a PocketBook e-reader) so I wouldn't have bought it if Scott simply had made it DRM-free on Amazon.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I bought a few copies for my me and my friends off Smashwords. The sample pages got me hooked.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Paper is ARM—Analog Rights Management.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

I thought from the description yesterday, and again today, that the book was called "Off Be The Wizard". It's actually called "Off To Be The Wizard" which makes a lot more sense!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Just bought via Smashwords. Yay!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I'm buying this book if you get it onto Google Play, Scott.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

"Recreational dangling" is my new phrase of the decade.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Finally decided to read the sample, then immediately bought and read the whole book (through amazon), only stopping once to eat. It's an excellent read. I would be delighted if you decided to write a sequel or 50.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOmniLiquid

Recreational dangling. Snicker,

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

So why is he doing rock, paper, scissors? Twice in one comic. I've noticed this about this kid before. He must be indecisive.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

@Tom I'm glad I wasn't the only one hoping to see it on GP.

As far as recreational dangling goes, I'm pro bungee and pro zipline, but against trusting my mass-to-surface-area to the laws of physics. Plus my knees are shot from jumping out of high places onto concrete without a parachute.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

MAK - you win one internet.
Snails - you win one internet too.

Unfortunately, we are now in a situation where there's minus one internets left. Luckily the internet is its own opposite, so nobody will notice.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I purchased the paperback version (trees are a renewable resource), and am reading it in small bits on my commute to/from work -- to prolong the pleasure! It is fun to spend all day, during my mental 'idle' time, thinking about the situations in the book.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

epub is the only format that matters (as far as I'm concerned anyway), so this move has netted you at least one customer you wouldn't have had via Amazon.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I tried parasailing last month. It provoked little fear, so I went on to do the world's longest canyon swing. But bungee jumping would take a little more bravery on my part, because I worry that I'd jump clumsily.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

I loved the book. I had just started the fourth Felix and Gotrek Omnibus and your book totally bumped them out of line on my reading list. I really enjoyed the little connections with past BI themes that were loosely scattered through the story.

I'm looking forward to buying future editions with these characters as well as the Moon-men chronicles which I'm sure will be out in a year or so or whenever (the details are not important!).

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClamdigger

I just finished the book. I loved it. I hope it sells well so you'll write more in the future.

Please keep us updated on sales numbers. We're interested in your success.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

My new and only response to "You'll never guess......"

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Once again, my decision to stick with dead-tree form wins out: I don't have to worry about DRMs.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergirl_with_all_the_yarn

Uh, i'm afraid i don't know what 'recreational dangling' sounds like. Flashing? Fishing? Swing sets?

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbriligg

briligg - It sounds Scottish to me.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I've purchased the ebook on Amazon the day you announced it. Awesome read! Please make it into a series, I'll get every single one the day it's released!

That said: I don't see a problem with the DRM setting because it's basically useless anyway. Removing ebook DRM is nowadays as easy as dragging and dropping the file in an icon. In fact, if I install the proper 3rd party plugin for the e-library manager software calibre I don't have even to click anything: a DRM'ed file becomes automagically DRM-free the instant it enters the library. Easy as pie.

And I don't do it to pirate. I simply don't trust DRM companies (or their servers) to stay around or to not screw me for any set of corporate-y random unreasons. Removing the DRM in everything I buy is just a matter of making sure I'll be able to restore a fully functional file back from a backup in 30 years. Plus, it allows one to shop around, purchase from any seller then use the file in any device. Mobi, ePub, PDF, what does it matter? A click and it's in the format I need. Everyone should do it as a matter of principle. :)

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlexander Gieg

I bought your novel during my lunch break and ignored my work all afternoon to finish it. Since I've been reading your comics for a while now, I expected to enjoy it almost as much as I actually did! As much as I like your comics, it's my personal opinion that the novel format allows your brilliant and witty dialogue to shine in a way that the constraints of the webcomic format don't. I hope you have plans for more books!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHerbert

"A click and it's in the format I need. Everyone should do it as a matter of principle". I think as a matter of principal people should try and avoid purchasing things with DRM. The thing with these publishers (and you see it time an time again with video games) is that they don't care how much they inconvenience the paying customer. It's absolutely retarded, but that's what they do to try and "win". If you keep supporting DRM publishers, they will keep pushing the boundaries to what is an acceptable level of pervasiveness. If you support DRM free publishers, the opposite happens. I'm not having a go at anyone here, circumventing DRM is useful in the short term, but it does nothing for the long term (except for maybe harm). Finished the book by the way. Without revealing the ending, I'm excited as it suggests sequels!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

@Resuna And as we all know, if it isn't Scottish, it's CRAP!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Panel one: GENIUS!
Panel four's pretty darn good, too.
I admit, I tried hang-gliding once, which was fun, but the more I heard about the injuries you can get, the more I decided it wasn't *that* fun.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Finished the book LOVED IT!

What a great story, lots of great moments. My wife was a bit mad at me waking her last night around 11pm with all of my laughing. I tried to hold it in but it just made the bed shake which made her even madder!
(read it on my Kindle, the most used electroinc device after my phone)

Well done Scott and Missy. Well done.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterADW

I just bought the book on Smashwords and look forward to picking up where the sample left off!

The first panel of the comic is Gold! I really, really (really) hope that I remember that comeback if someone ever says "You'll never guess..." to me.

Thanks for continuing to be a reliable source of entertainment!

- Niilo

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNiilo Van Steinburg

What if you hurt the puppies when you land on them?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione
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