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Friday, 27 April 2012

Tor Publishing turns back on DRM

Good news for eBook readers and yet another nail in the coffin of the unpopular DRM coding added to some eBooks -

Tor, the world's biggest science fiction publisher and home to authors including Orson Scott Card, China Miéville and Cory Doctorow, has shaken publishing with the news that its entire list of ebooks is to be made digital rights management-free.Tor, whose parent company Macmillan is currently fighting a lawsuit over accusations of ebook price fixing, is the first major publisher to drop digital rights management (DRM) from its ebooks, and the move prompted predictions that others would soon follow suit. JK Rowling's recently launched ebooks, sold exclusively from her site Pottermore, are already DRM-free.
DRM is the way publishers currently protect their ebooks from piracy; it limits the sharing of titles between electronic devices.

The decision will cover Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape and Tor Teen ebooks from July 2012, the publisher said, as well as Tor UK titles. "Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time," said president and publisher Tom Doherty. "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 ereader to another."

1 comment:

Kindle How To Publish said...

DRM provides advantages for the content owners, content users, and the providers at the same time. In addition it helps you effectively counter the evil designs of the hackers and unscrupulous traders on the web who try to steal away your intellectual properties. It can also be appreciated that till date no better technology has been devised to counter these dishonest elements excepting the digital rights management system.