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24 April 2012 @ 08:06 pm
Really big news in the book world today, guys! Tor/Forge has announced that starting in July, their e-books will be published without DRM. What does this mean? It means readers will no longer be locked into one device on which to read their e-books. It means if your kindle dies and you buy yourself a Nook, your Tor/Forge books will work for both devices. It means you can back up your e-book files in the event of your computer breaking down. It means some really great things for readers, including much less hassle in the way of e-books.

You can bet there are reactions all over the internet about this today. Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, and Charles Stross all weigh in on the subject, all authors in favour of dropping DRM. In theory, DRM is meant to discourage piracy, but it's an open secret that the only people who are inconvenienced by it are readers who want to buy and use their e-books legally. In Scalzi's words:

Does this mean it’s easier for someone to violate my copyright? It does. But most people don’t want to violate my copyright. Most people just want to own their damn books. Now they will. I support that. And I believe that most readers who like my work will support me. They get that if I don’t get paid, they won’t get books — and more than that I really do believe most people who can support the artists whose work they like will support them. So personally I don’t think ditching DRM will mean people will stop buying what I and Tor have to sell.

Agreed.

And in other news, Kobo will be launching its self-publishing platform this quarter in an effort to keep up with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They'll also be expanding to a dozen new countries within 2012, including Japan, other parts of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
 
 
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