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Hey guys, I emailed GW about them making electronic downloads of their army books and codices, and this is the response I got:
Thanks for writing in to us, although I donít have great news for you. Currently there are no plans to release downloadable versions of our main rulebooks, codexes and army books. We do have a downloadable version of the old Warhammer 40,000 Witch Hunters Codex on the Games Workshop web-site but thatís the only exception (this is a very old, out of print codex).
Sorry we couldnít be any more help than this.
Customer Services Manager
Sorry, if there is something like this already up, I didn't see anything on it and thought you guys would like to know!
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I'm sadly not surprised - they already have issues with them being available from illegal sites, they won't want to make it easier.
Although tbh if they just sorted out the quality I'd have no interest in an electronic copy, certainly not until I get an a4 sized tablet/eReader.
Can't imagine people would be willing to pay the prices GW would demand (ie not much cheaper than the physical copy). realitycheque is quite right - it would fan the already large copyright breach problems they are already experiencing. And anyway - why don't you just use scribd? Most of the codexes are already up there and having to wait a little longer is not the end of the world for the most recent ones.
Of course, I get most of mine as freebies (usually when they go on pre-order), but a lot of my mates share them around. You'll never stop it. It happens.
I have heard RUMOURS ONLY that they might make White Dwarf available as a test case for ebook readers
It's a different prospect to publish a magazine as opposed to a source-book like a codex. I just can't see that happening until (like others have said) tablet pc's become commonplace. Even then....where books are concerned, it's generally pretty well accepted that people like physical copies....it will be interesting to see what happens with the kindle readers over the next 18 months.
GW's own steps back towards Hardback format are also a little contradictory in terms of electronic formats.
So white Dwarf, yes, codexes probably not.
(I think your rumour probably orignates from last years games day where I'm sure that's what they were doing as a promo, some of the BL stuff was realeased for apple / kindles too).
Actually, that was direct from my local GW Store Manager. Specifically, here in Canada, people who subscribe to WD generally get it a week and a half to two weeks after the stores get them. Seems WD for us is printed in the USA...so for the stores, they do giant shipments of the mag through couriers - with their customs brokers, the stores get them on time. Individual subscriptions though are sent regular post from the USA, get slowed by customs, and eventually delivered snail mail. The idea was for offering people the choice of WD Subscriptions in paper, epub or both so that subscribers don't get kinda screwed over.
I buy each and every codex and army book as it comes out and then I scan it to a PDF and take them everywhere I go on my netbook. I can have all the resources available for the game with me every time I go to the store, so if my opponent conveniently forgets his Codex and wants to tell me that unit A has ability B, then I can open his book up and show him otherwise. It's also good to have all the FAQ's readily available too, which they already come in PDF format.