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Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?
July 18, 2013 | 3:49 pm

science fictionIn honor of its fifth anniversary, Tor.com is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It's DRM-free (here's looking at you, Joanna) and available in EPUB, Kindle and PDF. Fair warning: It's a monster. The EPUB is the smallest file, at 68 MB. Eyeballing the table of contents, it looks like you'll be getting 150 stories and some amazing authors, including Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Stephen Brust, Brandon Sanderson and more. Each story includes cover...

One year later, Tor Books reflects on going DRM-free
April 30, 2013 | 4:30 pm

TorPiracy is the dirty word that companies like to throw around when it comes to digital rights management, or DRM. Many publishers and even retailers use DRM in an effort to avoid having their books stolen on the Internet. One year ago, Tor, a sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Macmillan, dropped DRM from all its books. Besides receiving positive reactions from authors and readers, something else occurred that just might break the hearts of other retailers and publishers. “We’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year,” UK editorial director Julie...

One publisher, Tor/Forge, truly understands reader engagement
April 7, 2013 | 12:42 pm

It's easy to always talk about publishers who get it wrong, and yes, lots of them do. Bookish, anyone? (Where you can get recommendations, but it's all a one way street, and many, if not most, of their articles are aimed at books or authors published by the houses behind the site.) Tor, an imprint of Macmillan, gets it right. About once a week, they send out a newsletter packed full of information about movies, TV shows and books. Because they are a sci-fi/fantasy imprint, most of the news is about those genres, but that's OK. Most of their readers are likely...

Easy DRM For Self-Published Authors? Really?
February 4, 2013 | 11:00 am

Well here's a terrible idea. DBW just posted a press release about Edition Guard, which brings Adobe DRM to indie authors and small presses who want to sell books direct from their website. Have we learned nothing in recent years? DRM doesn't stop piracy. It's ridiculously easy to crack. All DRM does is punish non-tech savvy readers who don't know how to seek out the tools to get rid of it. Even if DRM worked, Adobe DRM is a terrible platform. It only allows activation on six devices. So what happens when you purchase your seventh device? You have to contact Adobe...

Weekend Roundup — News and other must-reads
February 2, 2013 | 3:31 pm

Create your own pulp magazine covers with Pulp-O-Mizer (i09) Husain urges publishers: 'act now to keep bookshops' (The Bookseller) Macmillian's Tor Books Now Accepting Direct Author Submissions (People Who Write) Attention 'artisan authors': digital self-publishing is harder than it looks (The Guardian) Amazon's Future Is Not in Selling Stuff — And That's a Good Thing (Wired) Publishers' fear of e-books is hurting libraries (Seattle Times) When a Cover Can Ruin a Book (Publishers Weekly) Reddit Book Exchange Now Open (GalleyCat) Kindle Daily Deals: Sara's Game by Ernie Lindsey (and 3 others)...

Harvard Business Review Press Joins the DRM-Free Crowd
September 15, 2012 | 5:44 pm

When the O'Reilly and TOR publishing companies announced their now-historic decisions to drop all DRM from their respective e-books, it's probably fair to say that the digital reading community felt nearly as vindicated as it did relieved, and elated. But for the most part, O'Reilly and TOR both serve reading demographics that are especially tech-savvy--the types of readers, in other words, who tend to have the strongest opinions about the uselessness and frustrations of DRM. In a sense, it probably would have been even more surprising if they hadn't eventually changed their DRM policies. At the end of August, though, Harvard Business Review Press opened its own e-book store, and proudly...