A major publisher moves to kill DRM (Digital Rights Management). It’s more good news for e-book consumers, but in corners of the publishing industry, fears persist. Will holding on save the business? — or sink it?
“Tor Books, the venerable sci-fi imprint of Macmillan has announced they would no longer use Digital Rights Management locks on their e-books,” PW’s Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “This is pretty big news, because this could be the first domino to fall in the eventual elimination of DRM for e-books published by the big houses.”
Among her review of PW’s upcoming reviews, reviews editor Rose Fox takes note of Jack 1939 — the tale of FDR hiring Harvard student Jack Kennedy to be his personal spy. “JFK seeks to stop a courier bringing German money to America,” she explains. “It’s all part of Hitler’s plant to defeat Roosevelt in the 1940 election.”
Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.