This one is for the RPG Blog Carnival on Humor and Gaming, hosted by A Butterfly Dreaming.
I think what Wizards did recently is a good thing. It's a sure way to boost sales of their print books and support your gaming community. Think about it, we most likely won't be having access to a PDF copy of Arcane Power by next week unless you went to get yourself a hardcopy from your FLGS, which makes it a win-win situation for Wizards, your FLGS and you.
How does it benefit you? Well, Wizards is probably convinced that buying PDFs is bad for you and here's a list of possible reasons why, so that you'll be convinced too.
- It's harder to read a PDF on a screen for long hours than a book.
- It's faster to just pull a book off a shelf than opening a PDF file on your desk/laptop.
- A PDF is as bulky and weights as much as your desk/laptop which might weight more or is bulkier than a book.
- It takes longer to purchase and download a PDF than just buying a book and take it out from the store
- A PDF doesn't smell or feels good holding in your hands than a book.
- It's easier to flip a book back and forth than click or press to the previous or next page (or key in a page number) on a PDF.
- You can clearly read 2 pages at once for a book while you can only clearly read one page on a PDF.
- You can pull out maps from a book while a map is split into four pages in a PDF.
- A beaten book shows that it is put to good use, a beaten PDF means it's broken.
- A PDF is more vulnerable to destruction (harddrive crash, corruption, virus etc.) than a book (fire, water, pets etc.).
- A PDF collection is less impressive to show off to your buddies/girlfriend/wife/guests than a bookshelf of books.
- Unlike a book, you can't put a bookmark on a PDF or read where you last stopped without remembering the page.
- A PDF comes with more wires and/or heatwaves than a book.
And here's a bonus reason why Wizards want you to buy a D&D book than a PDF.
A PDF GETS YANKED OFF THE SHELF OF ONLINE RETAILERS AND ALL YOUR MONEY WITH IT IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!
For more reasons on why a book is better than PDF, I point you to the wisdom of Penny Arcade.
Anymore other reasons to share?