spectreIt might not quite be where no one has gone before, but CBS and Pocket Books are about to boldly go where relatively few publishers have gone before. In honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, they’re releasing more than 700 Star Trek e-books DRM-free.

The e-books will be available for sale “wherever e-books are sold,” as well as via StarTrekEbooks.com. Prices on the titles I spot-checked ranged from $2.99 to $7.99, though the “Mirror Universe” and “Vulcan’s Soul” trilogies are priced at 99 cents per e-book.

The “Star Trek Ebooks” site doesn’t seem very well-organized. There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to locate those 99 cent titles. For example, searching on “Mirror Universe” brings up a completely different book. I ended up checking the Memory Alpha Wiki to find out what the “Mirror Universe Trilogy” was (three books by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), then when I found them by author, there wasn’t anything about “Mirror Universe trilogy” in their titles or descriptions. But if you have a favorite e-book store that’s better laid out, it should be carrying them, too.

In any event, it’s about time these e-books boldly went without DRM, where Baen, Tor, O’Reilly, and a few others have gone before. Hopefully we’ll see other publishers following suit sooner or later.

(Found via MobileRead.)


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