Originally Posted by TheKingElessar
I disagree Arcane.
They have learned from the music and dvd industries that you can't compete with piracy by selling the same quality product for more than free.
Instead, they've opted for 'bells and whistles edition' of their stuff, so that there's some value in what you pay for.
Especially since, those of us to whom having a PDF is a big enough deal, probably already have them. I know I do.
Well, if the music industry is an example, many people now buy from iTune what they can get for free... It's a matter of convenience (getting the actual song at an ok quality) and security.
I know I can get the PDFs for free. But sometimes the sites are iffy and my Norton is threatening dire things. I'd pay to get a nicely formatted PDF directly from the GW site. They just have to leave all the fluff and art sections out. This way people would still buy the physical copy (or the iPad, if they are the 6% of GW customer with an iPad - that' about the % in my "large" gaming group, 2 over 32).
This really look like some guy at GW got an iPad, showed it in a meeting and everyone went "Aaaaaahhhhhhhh". The geek in the back tried to tell them about multiple platforms and PCs and boring stuff like that. He was told to fetch coffee for the Cool Guy with an iPad...
Here's a nice example. Steve Raichlen, master chef of the BBQ, just published 5 "mini" books in e-format. One of them is free. They are all available on SEVEN differnt platforms (amazon, apple, sony, etc...). Sure, they don't have all those spinning images (who need those, really, when using a GAMING tool? Put them on the website, wasting time on the net is why miniature-porn exists). Now, I'm really happy with Steve Raichlen, because I got a free book, no matter what platform I'm using.