Jim Baen's Universe Goes Naked-- eMagazine to Launch Without Copy Protection

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New science fiction and fantasy magazine, Jim Baen's Universe, will launch June 1st without any encryption or copy protection.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) May 26, 2006 -- "No Digital Rights Management tools have been used in the making of this magazine," says Editor Eric Flint.

Publisher Jim Baen, one of the greatest living science fiction and fantasy editors in his own right, puts it succinctly. "We don't believe our customers are thieves. I have been distributing my entire book list without encryption and completely unprotected since 1999, without noticeable loss of business from piracy." Baen concludes, "So why should Jim Baen's Universe be any different, just because it is a magazine?"

Best-selling novelist and author of 1632 and the Rivers of War series, Flint has been a champion in the fight against Digital Rights Management for years. As editor of the Baen Free Library (http://www.baen.com/library/) he has written extensively on his position on copyright, Digital Rights Management and copy protection schemes.

Jim Baen's Universe magazine, published online at http://www.baens-universe.com is dedicated to the proposition that readers want good stories. Over 25 award winning authors (Hugos, Nebulas, John W. Cambell Awards) have already contributed short fiction to Jim Baen's Universe, and the magazine will publish five stories by brand new authors who have submitted via Baen's Bar in each new volume.

Baen Free Library (http://www.baen.com/library/)is a collection of free ebooks by major authors (Flint, David Drake, Mercedes Lackey, and others) that are totally free of copy protection. Most of these books are out of print in their paper editions and may only be read at the Baen Free Library. This library is provided as a public service by Eric Flint and Jim Baen, and Baen Books.

Baen Books (http://www.baen.com) is one of the largest publishers of science fiction and fantasy in the world. Baen Books launched Webscriptions in 1999, becoming the earliest. publisher of unencrypted science fiction and fantasy ebooks in the world.

Baen's Bar (http://www.baen.com/bar/)is the home of the lively and large discussion forums that began in the late 1990s to discuss science fiction, fantasy, Baen books, politics, religion and anything else that a thread can drift to. Jim Baen's Universe uses several of the conferences on Baen's Bar as the largest existing criticism group specifically aimed at making science fiction and fantasy short fiction publishable.

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