Wizards of the Coast has ended sales of PDF editions of its productsFull story.
“Unfortunately, due to recent findings of illegal copying and online distribution (piracy) of our products, Wizards of the Coast has decided to cease the sale of online PDFs.”
“We are exploring other options for digital distribution of our content,”
I've said before that I'm moving toward not having any physical RPG books any more. The nail in the coffin for paper books was when I left for the Friday game I play in, and despite being just a player the weight of all those tomesalready so early in the new edition's careerwas prohibitive. It was lighter and easier for me to carry and look up information on my laptop. Looking things up in books is roughly as fast as looking it up on a laptop, depending on what you're looking up and your familiarity with the layout of the book.
Because of this I had already made the decision to exclusively get D&D books in electronic format after Player's Handbook 2. I'd rather carry one laptop than all those books. Carrying those books is ridiculous. The first book I would've gotten in this manner would have been Arcane Power.
Oh, but now there aren't any more PDFs.
So I guess I'm not getting Arcane Power or any more D&D books because why would I, if I'm not going to have a practical way of using them in light of what I'm already using now?
Why should I regress?
Good job, WotC.
Finally, two picoseconds after the next D&D book comes out there will be JPG scans of every page available for downloadas there has been for every book prior to WotC actually distributing PDFs. Pulling all PDFs from everywhere does three things:
1. It denies WotC and PDF sellers any amount of money at all from electronic sales.
2. Alienates customers because it denies us of what we expressly wantand have paid for in the past and would continue doing so in the future (at an accelerated rate for me personally).
3. Impacts piracy not at all.
It seems this decision is all negative for WotC, for it will go from getting dollars from electronic sales by giving customers what they want to getting zero dollars and denying customers what they want.
And in the meantime WotC comes across as behaving like a petulant asshole.