It looks like this is the beginning of seeing digital products on different platforms. This has been widely under reported, and it was time to bring it to the forefront. Games Workshop has been working on this for quite some time, and security issues with the other platforms I had been told was the biggest block. Now that seems to have been solved. Rejoice and prepare for more digital products across different platforms!!!!

June 10th it all starts. Rulebooks and Codices are on the way as well.


Here is part of the official FAQ from Games Workshop regarding different platforms and publications.

via Games Workshop and of course a link so that you can follow up as well for more information. (More information through the link)
http://www.blacklibrary.com/digital-editions-FAQ.html

Where can I buy Games Workshop Digital Editions?
You can download your Digital Editions in ePub and mobi format from blacklibrary.com/games-workshop-digital-editions.

A range of interactive iBooks are also available from the iBookstore on your iPad or iPad mini.

Is there a difference between the iBooks, Android and Mobi versions of the books?
For most of our products, there is no difference, however, for some of the larger publications such as codexes and army books, the iBooks editions have additional features such as quick-links and interactive miniatures galleries.

Will all the codexes and army books be available as Digital Editions?
Yes, eventually. However we have a large backlist so this will take time, please bear with us.

When can we expect the Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 rulebook as a Digital Edition?
Soon! We’re working really hard to get these ready for both iBooks and other formats.

25 Comments:

  1. Now lets see them work on a discount for people who buy the physical books, and maybe iPhone versions too?

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    1. Lets not get carried away there probably thinking we should be grateful they did do a price increase on there miniatures.

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  2. No one else does a discount for physical book owners so there's no way GW will

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    1. If you purchase comics from Marvel they come with a code to get the digital version for free.

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  3. i wrote a long letter of complaint about this on Monday this week. i am very happy they are not as stupid as they seem! it still doesnt help with the game such as Warhammer Quest though!

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    1. If those developers make enough on the game expect a port, if not, they won't spend the cash. That's not really GW's call though, since the studio is just a licensee.

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  4. I wonder if the codexes will be cheaper on non-iOS platforms, given they'll be missing a lot of the interactive content that makes the digital codexes great.

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    1. As awesome as that would be, it is unlikely. They do not want to directly compete with themselves.

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    2. Depending how fussy Apple are at applying their rules, they might be prevented from doing this.

      You're explicitly forbidden from selling the same eBook title cheaper on another store (vendor discounts/promotions not withstanding) - one reason why Black Library eBooks are usually a penny cheaper on iBooks than derect from BL, even though Apple take 30%... which is one reason I always buy them direct from BL if convenient.

      They might be able to get around this by having - for example - "Codex: Space Marines - iPad Edition", vs "Codex: Space Marines - eBook Edition" elsewhere, but like I said, it depends on how much attention Apple pays.

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    3. Actually that just applies to the output of the iBooks app, it's not a most favored nation clause, you can sell the same book NOT in iBooks format for the same amount. The reason they're a penny cheaper on the iBooks store is apple has prices end in .99

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    4. Ah yes, I forgot about the .99 thing - thanks for the correction :)

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  5. Would be nice to have a Codex on my phone, you know, the legal way. Even some of the Altar of War books etc.
    And as above, a price cut would be nice, since we will be missing the interactive content.

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  6. Huh, I feel like I predicted this almost a year ago, once digital products made enough money GW would hire a developer to do android content. Epub codexes though, that sound fraking awful. And do they mean kindle or kindle fire.

    Just glad that every response to a digital product won't be about how its not on android lol.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not quite sure how it would work on a traditional kindle. Text only?

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    2. Technically it can render images, but they look grainy, black and white, and awful. Oh and tiny because the screen is so small. I'm kinda hoping they do text only versions for epub, instead of trying to shoehorn full photo filled codexes onto ereaders

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    3. Kindle doesn't use ePub by default, it uses .mobi. ePub is the format used by most tablets and any ereader not made by Amazon.

      But yeah, not sure how they're going to handle the formatting. I suspect it's one reason it's taken so long.

      iBooks will always be the preferred format, as it has the easiest to use tools for creating it. ePub (which iBooks is based on) will be next, as it's not too difficult to adapt into a "nearly-but-not-quite" experience. Mobi will be the most basic, unless they target just the Kindle Fire's, in which case it'll be about on par with ePub. If they go for the older Kindles... well, maybe that's why Amazon resurrected the Kindle DX yesterday? ;)

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    4. Haha did they at least drop the price on that monster? I love my kindle don't get me wrong, but if they charge 50 bucks for a text PDF I doubt they will sell much! And yeah I know the difference with ePub, but the practical differences between ereaders and even mobi and ePub matter little when you're putting picture heavy content into a tiny black and white screen

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    5. I think they dropped the price by $50 or so in the States. I *loved* my first (2nd-gen) Kindle, but the wifi version I got to replace it had terrible battery life in comparison. Nowadays it sits in a drawer, as I can read all my Kindle books, iBooks, and PDF/ePub on my iPad Mini, which is much more convenient. The only time I use the Kindle is if I'm going to be reading outdoors for any length of time.

      Which, lets face it - I'm a wargamer, so that's pretty rare ;)

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  7. i just fotographed the important parts from the dex... save me the money for such a stupid thing

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    1. At that point why not just torrent the full color non-scan copies of almost every dex that have leaked within a few weeks since chaos came out?

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  8. what they should do is make the digital versions free for everyone who buys a physical one and also have the digital a little cheaper

    IE 50$ codex, 40$ digital but the codex owner gets the digital also.

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    1. Or, Digital version free with limited edition purchase. That way you don't just buy a $50 nifty cover with your codex that's exactly the same as the normal edition.

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  9. What are those things on the photos ?

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  10. For GW to truly maximize revenue here they will have to start giving at least 50% discounts to people who buy the physical books.

    I have 3 iPads and I do not buy the digital copies even though they are superior because I have for 25 years collected the game books. If the books came with a code to get the digital copies for say $19.99 USD I would buy every digital copy but until then nope. Not even I the "super" collector is that bent.

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