So I just read 'The Global Indie Author' by M.A. Demers, and it was a pretty darn good book on self publishing, prepping ebooks & the benefits/pitfalls of the various options available to an author.
Just out of curiosity...
1. If you're published or intending to get published soon, did you get your own ISBN, or did you get one supplied to you through a vendor?
I ask this because, as I understand it, the former option is costly; 250 for one ISBN, but if you're publishing in multiple formats, you might need as many as (or more than) 5 ISBNs for one work - Moba, epub, pdf, paperback, hardback, potentially setting you back $800 or so (costs reduce as you buy more). And there's a potential lack of privacy as anyone with access to the databases (public access?) can get your contact information via. your ISBN information.
But the drawback of getting an ISBN from a vanity publisher is apparently that they then get some power over the work, as far as being an intermediary for outside interests (so, theoretically speaking, if a movie studio was interested in doing a movie, they'd contact the owner of the ISBN, which would be the publisher, who would then have no obligation to contact the author).
2. Thoughts on DRM? People seem to be fairly divided on the issue of rights protections for ebooks. On the one hand, an author deserves money for what they produce, but on the other, DRM unfairly punishes consumers with inconvenience.