Lots has already been said about Tor’s decision to strip DRM from its books in the UK and US, but allow me to add my thanks to the company for treating their customers like honest adults who just want to read great books.
The majority of people who break DRM do so because they don’t want to be locked in to one device or platform, not because they’re pirates looking to defraud someone.
DRM is hopeless for tackling piracy, it frustrates honest customers and it allows vendor lock-in which isn’t in the interests of publishers or consumers.
That message has finally gotten through, Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher at Tor’s parent company, today said: “…DRM can make your ebooks less easy to read. It also makes building and maintaining your digital library more complicated.“
Indeed. Let’s hope more publishers come to realise this.