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Tor, Forge to remove digital rights management from ebooks

Starting in July 2012, ebooks from Tom Doherty Associates imprints Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen will be distributed without digital rights management.

The New York“based publisher, a subsidiary of Macmillan, posted the announcement on its blog on Tuesday:

Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time, said president and publisher Tom Doherty. They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately-purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.

The decision applies not just to frontlist titles and new releases, but will encompass the publisher’s entire catalogue. The DRM-free titles will be available for purchase from the usual ebook sellers, as well as from retailers specializing in DRM-free ebooks, such as Baen Books.