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Tor Books, my publisher, has announced plans to offer their ebooks DRM-free by July. I have thoughts on this, as you might expect. They are over on Whatever
Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free. “Our authors and reade...
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Something i have liked about +Baen Books for a long time: they were never on that DRM train. I am happy to learn, that +Tor Books got off too.... Congrats!

A good and smart move: Authors, Readers and Publisher will profit from it.
 
Most excellent news! I bought the hardcover of Fuzzy Nation and then pirated the ebook so I could read it in my preferred (non-DRM-capable) reader. Nice to know I won't have to go to such idiotic lengths for Redshirts.
 
Perfect nutshell, "But most people don’t want to violate my copyright. Most people just want to own their damn books."
 
Well I know I am certainly more likely to buy a DRM free ebook than one that isn't, simply because of the ease of transfer when I change hardware (something I am looking at on my horizon in the near future as my computer is aged and getting problematic to use). Knowing I can buy and change machines or platforms (say mac to pc or to a tablet etc) instead of having to buy material multiple times makes a huge difference when I contemplate spending on an ebook.

So, overall, a good thing.
 
The idea that DRM stops piracy is ridiculous. Trading of book texts was going on long before ebooks started to be sold. It only takes one person dedicated enough to scan a book, after all.
 
My idea would be that at least hardcovers should contain a code or another (smarter) way to allow people to download the book also as ebook.

The idea to be able to download an eBook whenever I want instead of having to go to an obscure pirate site and feeling guilty for being a pirate would make me pay money rather than looking for a pirated free version.

I recently got a Kindle and like it a lot, but what I not like is also what made me hesitate to buy one initially: DRM, and Amazon being anal about their MOBI/AZW format they use instead of EPUB. They do not even allow EPUB and I have to use Calibre to convert books, what a BS.

Still I also see that it takes quite a lot of faith to offer books totally DRM free. Experiments by various authors have shown that sales were not affected negatively, I think it was Paulo Coelho who pirated himself and managed to make his books much more popular in Russia and also sold many more books there than ever before.

I can only speak for myself but I could have pirated all the books I recently bought easily. I didn't. Apparently people who need specialized books that cost quite a lot of money either buy them and accept the price grudgingly or pirate them. Regardless if there is DRM or not. So yeah, I think removing DRM is showing insight that a certain piracy will always exist but that there will also always be honest customers.

And if things really don't work out on a grand scale... welcome back, DRM. It's as easy as that.
 
I borrowed most of your books from the library...but I'm probably going to buy the ebooks the first day they're available DRM-free. Tor should be rewarded here.
 
So just to be clear, this won't force Amazon to allow us to download MacMillian DRM-free titles. That will be a separate fight, right? MacMillian isn't forcing their distributors to be DRM-free, but simply promising to make their titles available somewhere DRM-free.

Edit: Clarifications
 
I'm glad to see a major publisher jump on the DRM-free train. If we look to other entertainment markets it's obvious that the majority of people have no issue buying products as long as you make them accessible and easy to purchase.
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