Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

Tor/Forge To Ditch DRM On eBooks

via Galleycat:

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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Jakub Stastka's picture
Jakub Stastka from Czech republic is reading The Necromancer April 24, 2012 - 10:46pm

Stupid DRM and eBook pricing led me right back to printed books and I am not complaining.

Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated April 25, 2012 - 10:29pm

DRM is one of those ideas that seemed good on paper but just doesn't work. It only annoys people who have paid for/would other wise pay for the content. You can get a pirated version of almost anything, DRM or no, so what good does it do?


Larry Nocella's picture
Larry Nocella from USA is reading Loser's Memorial by Larry Nocella April 26, 2012 - 5:54am

Thanks for this info. I just this week made my novel Loser's Memorial live on Kindle and I must confess I'm a bit confused by the DRM stuff. As a default I left DRM on, but being the sole rights holder, I can always re-issue it DRM-free should the need arise. That's one advantage to being independent, yes? Should I need to, I can republish it DRM-free in a matter of minutes. AW YEAH BABAY!

Larry Nocella