Lulu, the open publishing, has announced that Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM (Digital Rights Management) will no longer be an option in EPUB and PDF eBooks published or revised on its website. That will go into effect on January 15.
Explaining the benefits of offering DRM-free eBooks on its website, Tom wrote that:
For readers who download eBooks directly from Lulu.com to the device of their choice, removing DRM on EPUBs and PDFs will remove their need to create an Adobe account, authorize the purchase in Digital Editions or install a third-party application. This creates possibilities for the growing number of readers who want to shop, purchase and download books to their eReaders from sites other than large corporate providers. And we see that as a step towards helping authors reach the broadest audience possible.
Seems like a step in the right direction, for end-users, but how will authors react? Read the comments in the blog post announcing the decision to get an idea of how content creators are reacting.