Bonnier Germany drops e-book DRM

Bonnier Germany drops e-book DRM

After days of speculation, Swedish book and media company Bonnier confirmed on Monday (22nd June) that its German publishing operation Verlagsgruppe Bonnier (including Piper, Ullstein, Carlsen, arsEdition, Thienemann-Esslinger and Berlin Verlag) is dropping DRM (Digital Rights Management) from e-books in favour of digital watermarks on July 1st.

Bonnier is not the first German publishing group to exit DRM, but one of the largest. Among the nearly 30 publishers to have made the move so far are major trade publishers like Hoffmann and Campe, Hanser and Bastei Lübbe, children’s publishers Oetinger and Ueberreuter and travel specialist MairDumont.