Tor Books goes completely DRM-free


25 Responses to “Tor Books goes completely DRM-free”

  1. Frank Warta says:

    This makes my heart happy.

  2. Matt Dana says:

    Awesome! This is going to make pirating e-books so much easier. Thanks, Tor!

    I keed, I keed.

    • Al Billings says:

       Not really. If you know what you’re doing, removing DRM already takes less than a second with all normally used formats. It is trivial and has been for years.

      • Jer_00 says:

        Yeah – the DRM on ebooks is well-known to be pathetic.

        The only thing that has been saving ebooks is the same thing that saves anything else sold digitally – most readers will pay for what they want to read so long as the fee is reasonable and the quality of the material is good. And the folks who won’t pay are people who wouldn’t pay for it anyway.

  3. MrJM says:


    I’m going shopping!

  4. Chesterfield says:

    What are some great books published by Tor? I’d love to hear any recommendations that I could purchase to support Tor in this move.

    • Paul Weimer says:

      Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear. Just came out. Kick-ass “Silk Road Fantasy” done right.

    • Tynam says:

      It’s hard to be specific without knowing something about your tastes.  Tor are such a prolific publisher of SF, fantasy and drama that there’s bound to be something you would like a lot, but I can’t guess what it is.

      Personally, I’d start with anything by (flicks rapidly through Tor’s web site at random) Brandon Sanderson, Ben Bova, Jacqueline Carey, China Mieville, Vernor Vinge, or Susan Shwartz.  But that’s my taste; YMMV.

  5. digi_owl says:

    Now then, on to getting Hollywood to drop their wet dreams of functioning DRM.

  6. ferd says:

    A nice move, but I’d rather see retailers be able to discount Tor ebooks so they are at least as cheap as their Tor discounted paperbacks.

  7. Sarge Misfit says:

    Now I’m willing to buy an e-reader :-D

    • Jer_00 says:

       I got one a year ago for reading books from Project Gutenberg (Nook Color).  It was completely worth the investment in gift cards from Christmas/Birthday to get it too.  It’s become my most used electronic gadget at this point – and I’ve read a number of classics that I’d never gotten around to reading before.

      Once I figured out how to get Overdrive’s stupid client to work so I could get ebooks from the library, that was icing on the cake.

  8. I guess I can purchase from TOR now also. BAEN has been DRM free for years.
    I have about 130 of their books on my Kindle as of today.  (Many were free!)

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  10. Jot Kali says:

    Thank You Tor. JK Rowling recently did the same when she released ebooks of the Harry Potter series.

    Good to see publishers are realizing they have been hoodwinked by DRM. It was sold to them as a fix for pirating, but all it actually did was tie to the user to a particular hardware ereader. What a horrible trade off.

    Now there is just step left in the publishing industry. I really wish hardcover books would come with a code to redeem to get the ebook version. 

    • travtastic says:

       You think that was a misunderstanding? If DRM had been successful, it would have virtually guaranteed repeat purchases of the exact same item, at virtually no production cost.

      • Jer_00 says:

         The misunderstood how much power they were giving to the device creators.

        If Amazon can use its market position to wipe out competition in the eReader market, publishers are screwed.  It’s in their best interest to keep as much competition in that field as possible.  DRM helps Amazon more than it helps individual publishers – it’s good to see they finally might be figuring this out (and figuring out that despite selling their books, an Amazon monopoly on book distribution is a really, really bad idea for the market).

  11. travtastic says:

    There’s no point in dealing with conversion software if we just use well-engineered, standardized formats. I don’t expect apps to convert my .wma songs to .mp3, I expect to not have to even worry about it in the first place.

    • enkrates says:

      Although, these two situation do differ technologically, even though the customer service issue is the same. ebook formats ought to be able to be converted without any loss of information, while wma and mp3 are both “lossy” audio formats and some audio information is lost anytime you encode a file into one of those formats. So, converting between wma and mp3 over and over again will eventually result in a file of audio noise, but converting between epub and mobi should keep all (or, at least, most and all of the most important) information intact.

  12. traalfaz says:

    Awesome, they just shot up to my #2 preferred ebook vender behind Baen (they’ve been doing it right since day one).

  13. It's me! says:

    Good news! This might actually convince me to buy an e-reader. (An e-paper one, my tablets shiny screen just won’t cut it).

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