Tor Goes DRM-Free for E-Books

Tor, which is the largest publisher of science fiction books on the planet, announced that all of its ebooks would become DRM-free starting in July 2012.

“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.

All of the books published by Tom Doherty Associates — Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen — will be DRM-free. Not sure how this will impact Tor ebooks selling at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iTunes.

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