Digital Rights Management continues to plague many ebooks, making transfer between devices difficult. If you enjoy the sci-fi and fantasy genres, however, you’re in for a treat. Tor, one of the genre’s most prolific publishers, is going DRM-free.
The books will be available from the same retailers that currently sell Tor ebooks, but the company will also be adding its library to stores that only sell DRM-free ebooks. Consumers will start to see the DRM-free versions as of early July.
The president of Tor, Tom Doherty, explained the move by saying its readers are “a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another”. This is, of course, what geeks have been saying all along – not only about ebooks but also about games and movies.
Tor is associated with Macmillan Publishers, a group that includes a huge number of imprints. The decision to go DRM-free with Tor is unlikely to reflect future decisions for other names under the group’s umbrella. Sci-fi and fantasy books tend to be purchased by relatively tech-savvy readers who are more likely than regular users to own multiple devices. In addition, competing publishers Baen and Angry Robot have already dropped DRM.
Source: Ars Technica