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.
the way publishers currently protect their ebooks from piracy; it
limits the sharing of titles between electronic devices.
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."