This week at BookExpo America, Tom Doherty Associates announced the impending debut of the Tor/Forge DRM-Free E-book Store on Tor.com. The store, which will open later this summer, will sell all Tor, Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen, and Orb e-book titles directly to readers. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent decision to offer all Tor/Forge titles DRM-free, regardless of retailer, beginning in July 2012, and authors John Scalzi, Charles Stross, and Cory Doctorow were on hand to discuss the importance of that decision. The group talked about why going DRM-free improves author/reader relationships, strengthens relationships between publishers and retailers, and does not encourage piracy. In addition, Foy officially announced that a new Tor/Forge DRM-free e-book store will debut on Tor.com in late summer, 2012.

Titled “Taking the Plunge,” this special presentation at BEA’s Publisher’s Launch aimed to explain exactly why Tor/Forge “unexpectedly” announced the switch to a DRM-free model. As Fritz Foy pointed out, however, it wasn’t unexpected at all, but instead something Tor/Forge had been “grappling with for close to four years.”

In celebration of the store, Tor.com is giving away 100 flashdrives, each with six DRM-Free e-books on them. The titles include:

  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
  • Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe
  • Family Trade by Charles Stross
  • Strong Enough to Die by Jon Land

Here’s the catch: you need to enter before noon on Friday, June 8!

See the complete rules and enter here: 100 Flashdrives

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