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Tor has made a few statements in the past about going DRM Free.
Does that carry through to downstream retailers?

If I buy a Tor book on Amazon (marketed as a Kindle book) or on Barnes and Noble (marketed it as a Nook book), can I be confident that it will have no DRM?
I know that I can use it on any device (in my case Sony Reader).

Does it depend on country? Is there anything else I should consider?

I am having real trouble finding sites that clearly state: We are selling a DRM free Epub. Most use terms like Nook book and Kindle book etc. I found one site that was clear, and they don't sell to my country.

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Anyone following this, I ended up getting my Tor Ebook from Google Play, and it had DRM. I am going to chase up about that. (Maybe I will find out that the Tor rules is only the UK and USA) –  Oxinabox Mar 6 at 14:17
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Go to the original statement. This includes

Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor and Forge, is pleased to announce that all of their ebooks are now available DRM-free from Amazon, B&N, Apple, Kobo, Google, and most other major ebook retailers.

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The new DRM-free editions are available from the same retailers that have sold Tor e-books in the past. In addition, the company expects to begin selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.

I think I have seen comments on web sites etc where a book was not DRM-free and Tor then contacted the supplier to change it.

So, yes, they are DRM-free.

As for shop websites telling whether books have DRM see other questions here.

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Even if the file does not contain explicit DRM, do Amazon's ToS not effect "implicit" DRM? –  Raphael Apr 13 at 15:46
    
What do you mean by implicit DRM? –  Mark Apr 13 at 22:36
    
You technically can copy the file but you are not allowed to. –  Raphael Apr 14 at 7:07
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Yes, Amazon (and other retailers) generally do carry Tor books DRM-free. On Amazon, you can tell from the book description; see this for Redshirts (relevant text highlighted in blue):

Screenshot of Redshirts Book Description

Tor is not the only publisher carried DRM-free; Baen Books also publishes DRM-free on Amazon and other retailers.

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Hoever as noted in other questions not all DRM free books are marked that way –  Mark Mar 4 at 11:45
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