April 19, 2018

Book News: Citing Piracy Concerns, Penguin Audio Leaves EMusic

By Michael Rogers

Penguin Audio has pulled out of a deal with online download outfit eMusic for 150 audiobooks, the New York Times reports. Penguin executives apparently are concerned over piracy issues, citing eMusic’s lack of digital rights management (DRM) features that would prevent the files from being illegally copied. “At this moment, we’re not going to have our titles on eMusic or with anyone else who sells non-DRM until the landscape shakes out and we feel comfortable and confident that our titles will not be pirated,” Penguin Audio publisher Dick Heffernan told the Times. Penguin Audio is one of five ebook houses that had signed with eMusic. All others, including Random House Audio, so far are staying aboard.