The beginning of the end for DRM?

Tor/Forge announced today that they will begin selling their ebooks without DRM – their entire list should be DRM-free by early July.

DRM-free titles from Tom Doherty Associates will be available from the same range of retailers that currently sell their e-books. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.

Scalzi has already posted some initial thoughts here. Charles Stross, having posted some thoughts about Amazon’s ebook strategy, offers up his thoughts as well on what the Tor/Forge move means.

My initial thoughts (not having read Charlie’s post yet) – the removal of DRM makes me happy, and I’m curious how long before others may jump on the bandwagon. Personally, I’ve gotten a few books through Amazon (but have generally avoided them, on principle), and only two books through Apple (avoiding the DRM), I have gotten most of my books through Barnes & Noble.  As a consumer, I may be more inclined to get more books through Apple/iBooks if the DRM goes away. The catch there – I wonder if Apple would enact their “unlock fee” (like they have for “upgrading” any old audio purchases) on previously purchased books to remove the DRM, or if it would just be a matter of downloading a new copy?

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