Tor/Forge, the Science Fiction and Fantasy subsidiary of Macmillan, has announced
that it is going DRM free on all of its ebooks. Mefi's own Charles Stross
shares a presentation
he recently made to executives at Macmillan that may have partially influenced this decision. Stross had previously
predicted that publishers would need to go DRM free to prevent Amazon from gaining too much power in the ebook market.
posted by bove
on Apr 24, 2012 -
Charlie Stross releases his new book Accelerando as a Creative Commons e-book,
thereby buying in to the open source idea that offering up one's intellectual property (under certain circumstances) will result in greater sales of the physical object, not fewer (see: Cory Doctorow
). In a time where promotional opportunities for new and "mid-list" authors seem to be continually shrinking, is offering up a complete work the current equivalent of the author interview or newspaper puff piece? Or is it simply a recognition that here in the 21st century anything can be pirated
-- better to offer up your work in good will (and in a form where you have some control), and hope some of the kids will realize that behind the free content is a guy who needs to eat? And what happens if/when all books become digital books?
posted by jscalzi
on Jun 16, 2005 -