Say goodbye to that annoying .AA extension for your audoibooks and get ready to take those files you legitimately paid for to your various digital devices. Random House publishing will be the first to distribute their content in DRM free MP3 with Penguin publishers thinking about following suit.
The really interesting part of this story is the experiment that Random House conducted on piracy. They sold DRM free books online and water marked them to track them on P2P networks, but what they discovered was the pirated copies on these networks were from ripped audiobook CDS and cracked from DRMed audiobooks. Legitimately, purchased DRM free audio books did not show up on P2P networks. Random House concluded, “Our feeling is that D.R.M. is not actually doing anything to prevent piracy.”
[NYT thanks Charles]