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Our top priority at Packt has always been to meet the evolving needs of developers in the most practical way possible, while at the same time protecting the hard work of our authors. DRM-free content continues to be instrumental in making that happen, providing the flexibility and freedom that is essential for an efficient and enhanced learning experience. That’s why we’ve been DRM-free from the beginning – we’ll never put limits on the innovation of our users.

  • Packt MD Dave Maclean

Packt’s products have always been completely free of DRM. Right from our first book in 2004, when you buy and download a Packt eBook or video it’s yours to use as you like. We guarantee products bought from our site will be completely, totally, 100% free of any DRM.

What is DRM?

DRM is called Digital Rights Management by its defenders, and Digital Restrictions Management by its opponents. It is the imposing of technological restrictions on your digital media. In eBooks, it might mean restricting the number of times you can copy a pdf or the devices that you can read your content on.

As the ‘Defective by Design’ campaign says, ‘DRM creates a damaged good; it prevents you from doing what would be possible without it. This concentrates control over production and distribution of media, giving DRM peddlers the power to carry out massive digital book burnings and conduct large scale surveillance over people’s media viewing habits.’

Why are Packt products DRM free?

We believe that developers should be free and flexible to access content they’ve paid for when they want, and how they want. Buy it once, and own it to read across multiple devices and multiple formats. That’s why we’re fundamentally opposed to DRM on Packt products.

We know our customers want flexibility when they learn. They want to import an .epub to read in iBooks on the subway, access a high quality .pdf on their desktops, and have a .mobi for their Kindle to browse on the weekend.

Day Against DRM

Packt is a regular supporter of the Day Against DRM, a gathering of the global and internet community to show the world and media the need for a future free of DRM. This year is no exception.

We’re showing our support with a discount sale. On July 9th, get 50% off every eBook and 80% off every Packt video. Every eBook and video you pick up will be yours to read and watch as you like – put it on any device, copy it as many times as you like. It’s yours to own, forever.


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