Friday, January 27, 2012

DRM-free

In a refreshing move that hopefully will send a signal to other book publishers and sellers, all Angry Robot ebooks are sold DRM-free. 

Ever since Cory Doctorow highlighted the craziness that is DRM (digital rights management), we've seen big publishers ram their DRM-locked titles down our collective throats. Not only is this contrary to the way books have been published, bought, and shared since year one, it's been a major drawback to the proliferation of ebooks and ebook readers. I love my Kindle, but I hate the fact that Kindle titles come DRM-locked so I can't share them with my friends. Coeur de lion publishing, is opposed to DRM and published its latest anthology Anywhere but Earth without DRM because we believe you should be able to read your ebook on whatever platform you choose. We also believe that sharing books is a good thing and will not affect the bottom line in any real way. If you treat people like responsible adults, that is the way they will act i.e. most people are not about ripping other people off. 

It’s nice to see Angry Robot – which publishes a lot of Australian spec fic – believes the same thing.
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