Okay, maybe that was a bit of an overstatement. It probably shoud be ‘First arm of a Big Six Publisher goes DRM-free”, but that both sounds dumb and doesn’t carry the same hope of my title.
There is not a lot to say after I stop doing cartwheels (I buy a LOT of Tor books), but here are the details. Back in April, Tor/Forge announced that by July, they would be selling DRM free books. Its July and their ebooks are now DRM-free. They will also start selling books via vendors that traditionally sell non-DRM books – like
We can go into further implications later, but for now, what that means to the consumer is that for those books, you will no longer be tied to a device. So if you buy your book from Amazon, feel free to put on your nook or Kobo or Sony reader.
After checking to see if the practice was retroactive (I’m pushing over 700 Kindle books), re-downloading two existing books showed that DRM was still on them. Perhaps Tor wiil have to resubmit their books, but since each ebook vendor uses different DRM, I would think it is more a matter of each vendor (Amazon, B&N, etc.) having to figure out which books need DRM-removal. We will see what happens.
I have all fingers and toes crossed that as Bix Six publishers see that this is not going to lead to huge wave in piracy and that they will cease DRM altogether. I’ve been complaining about it (and removing it) for years – so I’m glad someone finally had the courage to go first.
Let’s hope the remainder of them follow.