German publisher Holtzbrinck drops DRM

German publisher Holtzbrinck drops DRM

Verlagsgruppe von Holtzbrinck is the latest German publishing group to drop Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management) from e-books.

From August next month, all digital books from publishers Droemer Knaur, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Rowohlt und S. Fischer Verlage will carry digital watermarks instead.

“Recent experience in Germany and abroad has shown that digital watermarks protect our author’s copyright just as effective and reliable as DRM” Peter Kraus vom Cleff, Rowohlt’s commercial managing director said.

Holtzbrinck is not the first German publishing group to exit DRM, but by far the largest. Swedish book and media Bonnier has also announced its German publishing operation Verlagsgruppe Bonnier (with Piper, Ullstein, Carlsen, arsEdition, Thienemann, Esslinger und Berlin Verlag) will make the change from July onwards this year. Other publishers which have decided to drop DRM this year include trade publishers Bastei Lübbe, Hoffmann und Campe and dtv.