Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks
The publisher behind Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen announced that his imprints will be ditching digital rights management [DRM] on its eBooks. That these are all imprints of one of the Big Six publishing houses (Macmillan) is significant news.
The switch will happen by July. Here's what Tor/Forge publisher Tom Doherty had to say:
Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time … They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased eBooks in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.
On one hand, DRM makes sense from the business standpoint. At its heart, it's meant to prevent piracy, and it also works out pretty well for the digital retailers: Amazon doesn't want to just sell you an eBook--it wants to sell you all of your eBooks. That would be difficult if you could easily take all your eBooks to a different company's eReader.
But if you bought a paperback and were told you could only read it on Sundays, and could lend it to just one other person, you wouldn't be too thrilled, right? In the age of digital media, the concept of ownership is a funny thing.
What do you think? Do issues related to DRM resonate with you? Do you think this is a small step forward in abolishing the practice?
Or do you just not care? Don't be afraid to say you don't care!
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