ENWorld and ICv2 managed to get an interview with Greg Leeds, president of Wizards of the Coast to answer some questions that the gaming community had about the recent withdrawal of Wizards' PDF products.
The original interviews can be found in the links of the sites above but the questions and answers are pretty much the same. So I have paraphrased some of the key points that I think it is important for you to know.
Even so, I would still highly recommend you to read the actual interviews for yourself before forming any opinion.
- Piracy was one but not the only reason why Wizards decided to pull off their PDFs and it was a collective decision that was not made lightly. They fully acknowledge that they don't intend to stop piracy but they don't want pirates to have an easy access to their products either. Stopping PDF sales serves the latter function.
- Piracy has been a concern for Wizards since the release of Player's Handbook 2 and Wizards estimates that the ratio of illegal and legal PDF downloads is at 10:1.
- Although Wizards sees the electronic media as playing an important role in D&D, they don't have plans to resume PDF sales. Improving the DDI will be a main priority and they've already adopted Kindle and E-Reader for the distribution of their novels. Wizards are still looking for alternatives for digital distribution of their products, including older editions.
- Wizards believe it needs to protect the hobby gaming industry and by building a strong retail base, the hobby would continue to grow.