Originally Posted by HarryT
A reasonable perspective.
No! No, it's not!
They are talking about commercial or large scale pirating. Web sites selling content that isn't theirs to sell, or possibly even torrents (although the email only mentions commercial pirates).
Adding DRM to their books has no effect on such operations.
Saying that such operations are why they will no longer offer magazine DRM-free is shows that they are either lying or misinformed.
(I've sent them a letter:
With the demise of Fictionwise, I shall have to start buying your magazine elsewhere. I have bought Analog (& Asimov's) from Fictionwise since 2003.
Have you considered starting direct electronic subscriptions? It would be relatively simple to set up, especially as it could be a shared resource for all Dell Magazines.
But if not direct, do you have a preferred partner? Ideally I would like to buy in a similar drm-free multiformat as was available at Fictionwise, as I currently use a Mobipocket (Kindle-ish) device, but I may well switch to an ePub based device in the future.
I so a quote at Mobileread that you would no longer be offerring a DRM-free edition. If true, this is surprising. DRM on ebooks offers no protection from commercial pirates, and only inconveniences paying customers. The Music industry discarded DRM a few years ago, Some mainstream publishers are starting to discard DRM now (e.g. TOR). It would be a shame to see Analog's publisher going backwards.
And why does one only spot typos after hitting send!)