In April last year Tor books announced that all their ebooks would go DRM free, that is, they would remove all copy-protection software on their products so that they were not locked to specific devices and could be copied freely by customers.
At the time they came to the conclusion that DRM was a frustration for legitimate customers who wanted to move their purchases between devices, an extra expense for themselves to have to implement that was then passed on to their frustrated customers, and nothing but a vague nuisance for those with the tools to easily strip it out before sharing the books on torrent sites.
And one year on…
Protecting our author’s intellectual copyright will always be of a key concern to us and we have very stringent anti-piracy controls in place. But DRM-protected titles are still subject to piracy, and we believe a great majority of readers are just as against piracy as publishers are, understanding that piracy impacts on an author’s ability to earn an income from their creative work. As it is, we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.
FYI, all my titles will always be DRM-free because after all a golden cage is still a cage, and ebook customers are savvy enough to spot this for themselves nowadays.by