Monday, May 06, 2013

Tor says it will publish its sci-fi e-books without DRM

Here’s a story about some progressivity in the e-Book business. Tor Books (belonging to Tom Doherty Associates) , publisher of science fiction, says that it will scrap use of DRM (digital rights management), and won’t try to stop users from copying e-books, which is sometimes legal anyway, it says.

Authors like Peter F. Hamilton and China Mieville were consulted, and were said to be fine with the decision.

TOR says that it does not expect any loss of sales for its authors, and does not expect its tech savvy customers to take undue advantage of the decision.  

Megan Guess has a story about the matter on Ars Technica, here

Take a look at the Tor site, here

There are some “stories and comics” across the top, which are rather the literary equivalents of short films.  There is “Sing” by Karen Tidbeck, and “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
Imagine a world where you can hear singing but not speech..  Well, mockingbirds could give us that (and maybe cowbirds, in the context of the story).
And “Be careful what you wish for.”  That is, something you dream really might happen.  (Last Friday night I saw a person randomly at an Arlington VA restaurant, when I had dreamed the exact scenario the night before.  This really happens.)   If you publish a dream as a short story (or screenplay for a short film), people may assume it is your purpose that it happen. I already learned that the hard way in 2005.  

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