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  •  Baen Books sells e-books from major SF authors (1+ / 0-)
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    which are not DRM locked. They also aggressively give away their backlist on the Baen Free Library. They also offer e-books in multiple formats.

    What usually happens is after reading 6 books in a series, one is quite happy to pay a reduced cover price (they sell most titles for $5) for the 7th book in a series. ARCs (Advance Reader Copies - pre-publication versions) usually go for $20 for readers who really can't wait to see what happens next.

    They started doing this several years ago. I think this has gotten $150 out of me so far.

    They trusted their customers. It works.

    I have a fictionwise account, but enough of their books are DRM-locked that I rarely buy from them, I have 3 different devices I might read content from and dealing with DRM is a PITA.

    Open Source e-book readers are here. I use my netbook for e-books given a choice, my selection of e-book software covers almost all major formats. I also have a couple of DRM-format readers on this netbook.

    My point is that DRM isn't really necessary to make sure authors get paid.

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    by alizard on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 05:16:07 AM PDT

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