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Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free

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.

About Tor and Forge Books

Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is also the home of award-winning Forge Books, founded in 1993 and committed (although not limited) to thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and general fiction. Together, the imprints garnered 30 New York Times bestsellers in 2011.

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  1. Colin
    April 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Does this mean that books sold directly from Tom Doherty Associates will be DRM free, or that those books sold from any of their resellers (like Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google) will also be DRM free?

  2. April 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Anywhere we sell our ebooks they’ll be DRM free. -JH

  3. Avi
    April 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Are there any plans to extend this to digital audio books as well?

  4. April 25, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Thank you! I am now much more likely to buy a book from you than other places.

  5. Ben Weiss
    April 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome! I can’t wait to start buying your books without DRM! I’ve been buying ebooks from Baen for years because I can move my books from one device to the next. I’ve done so from my old Palm devices to my old iPhone and now to three generations of Android phones and my new Nook Simple Touch.

    I actually *prefer* to buy my ebooks, because I want to support authors and keep them writing books. But I’ve had to strip DRM from them so that i could keep using the books I’ve purchased on ereaders I’ve purchased. I’ve lost ebook libraries twice when vendors discontinued their DRM support.

    It’s so nice to finally be treated by a publisher as a customer instead of a criminal. As soon as you guys make good on your promise to remove DRM, I’ll be adding Tor to my list of preferred ebook vendors, right up there with Baen.

  6. emilyalbarillo
    April 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Excellent news! I’m much more likely to buy DRM-free e-books, as I don’t want to ever be locked in to one reader or platform. Will the switch to the non-DRM versions take place all at once in July, or will it be a gradual shift? If gradual, will there be a clear way to tell which books are DRM-free in the interim?

  7. Tim
    April 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Awesomeness! Finally!

  8. wayneb
    April 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

    If I buy books for sale now will I be eligible to get that book DRM free? Would that happen automatically on my KOBO? How can I tell if it is DRM free before I buy it? When will this all be in place?

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