All Tor books are DRM free from today on

Following up from their announcement earlier this year, all ebooks from Tor/Forge -- the largest science fiction publisher in the world -- are now DRM free, in all ebook stores, for all platforms. I'm incredibly proud to be published by Tor, and moreso today.

“It’s clear to us that this is what our customers want,” said senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. “We see it in the success of SF publishers like Baen and Angry Robot that have preceded us in going DRM-free. To the best of our knowledge we’re the first division of a Big Six publishing conglomerate to go down this road, but we doubt very much that we’ll be the last.”

The new DRM-free editions are available from the same retailers that have sold Tor e-books in the past. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.

Tor/Forge E-Books Are Now DRM-Free


  1. I noticed that Kindle has started putting notes up on books that are sold without DRM at the request of the publisher.

    This makes me more inclined to risk money on books from authors I haven’t read before, though I don’t really have a justification for why that is. 

  2. So Tor provides DRM free files to ebook sellers, but how do I know that the Tor book I buy from Google Play hasn’t been wrapped in Google’s DRM?

  3. This is great.  Now if only something similar could get going for audiobooks.  Audible format can really be a pain in the neck at times.

    1. has drm-free mp3 audiobooks. Selection is nowhere near audible’s selection, but it’s something.

  4. Good for Tor! I’m part of a new indie publishing company, and we decided early on that we would be drm-free, always.

    1. You are awesome for doing this,

      As a hypothetically interested author what’s your company’s site?

      Edit: Nevermind. You posted site link further down in thread. Thanks.

  5. Time to go on a shopping spree. One very effective form of anti-DRM activism may be to enthusiastically support those publishers who have the decency not to use it, so that the rest of the industry can see how many sales they’re losing by clinging to DRM.

    1. Don’t forget to check out the Baen online store while you are at it.  He was doing DRM free before it was cool. 

  6. Apparently TOR/Forge have realized that DRM-free ebooks attract lots of new readers (and dollars/pounds/pesetas/yen/yuan/etc.) than locked-down e-books.  It’s good to see another great publisher look to the future, even as its authors write about it (and other time periods).

  7.  I don’t have an eReader, nor to I read eBooks, but if I did I would refuse to use any that had any DRM on principle. I think it is good TOR took this step, I know it is one closer to me making it acceptable for use.

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