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24 April 2012 @ 08:45 pm
Hot good god damn!  

Tor Books has just announced it’s going DRM-free on all its e-books.

I am so freaking filled with squee over this that I cannot *tell* you. DRM (digital rights management) is one of the things that permits Amazon to have a throttlehold on e-book sales: you can only buy a Kindle book for a Kindle reader, which means if you ever change e-readers you have to either re-buy everything or (realistically) go to the trouble of cracking/converting the DRM, or (even more realistically) pirating the books. But Tor is firing a shot across the bow with this, as far as I’m concerned, and I hope everybody sits up and pays attention. Yay!

And on the second hot good god damn of the evening, DON’T READ THIS BOOK is available for pre-order! I’m very excited about this one, so quick! Go forth! Buy, and prepare yourself for creepy stories!

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Amandabranna on April 25th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Yes! Definite progress.
grassrosegrassrose on April 25th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
YAY! And for the record, while I'm definitely "realistic" (Apprentice Alf, anyone?), I'm not "even more realistic", and I have another term for those ill-mannered jndividuals... "Thief."
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on April 26th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Yay! I'd still bet on Amazon in a DRM-free marketplace, but DRM is expensive to keep implementing, and removing it should make a better experience for creators and readers.
Kristine: audreyfezabel on April 26th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I know! That's such great news. I can't wait to get some favorite books from them.

And yay for the pre-order! I'm off to do that now.