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 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 e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”
DRM-free titles from Tom Doherty Associates will be available from the same range of retailers that currently sell their e-books. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.
As someone who reads books on various readers of different formats, I find this is a huge plus and a much appreciated convenience. I understand that DRM was conceived as a means to stop online piracy- but it seems to me that it hasn't been a huge deterrent as people will outsmart the technology fairly quickly.
John Scalzi has already weighed in with his thoughts on the issue (very reasonable IMHO) and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to say.