Once the ball gets rolling, it gains momentum. Now we have our first digital codex hitting Andriod and Kindle.... not to mention any smartphones! This is all great news, as cross platform digital products are what we as a community have been waiting for some time.

In the words of the infamous Mr. Burns, "Excellent"

The pic above shows the bundle collection that you can pic up here
http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/the-eldar-collection

or just the codex here
http://www.blacklibrary.com/games-workshop-digital-editions/codex-eldar.html

Notice that the ebook codex is cheaper than buying the hardback version. Only $32.99. Sounds like a bargin for those that do not need a hardback version of the codex.

22 Comments:

  1. cheaper digital codexs are nice, as i don't have to worry about carrying them everywhere and the cost of a codex is normal the main thing about me not wanting to start a new army, can't wait to see what's next

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  2. The Black Library page says this version lacks fome functionality of the other I-product. So does that mean that this version will not update with errata's and FAQ's, or does it just mean that it doesn't have the pretty interactive pictures and stuff? The update feature is key for me in the e-book versions.

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    1. If I had to guess; the books will probably be updated; but it will be up to you to get the update.

      On the ios codex it is Apple's iBook reader that notifies you of the update; not GW. And that only works because you have to buy the ios codex though iTunes (btw, you can buy the new ebook codex through itunes now too)



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    2. Is the itunes version the same as the ios version? I was thinking that only the interactivity would be lost and the automatic updates.

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    3. I bought the Eldar codex and I must say I miss the functionality of the iBook codexes that I have. There isn't a table of contents but I guess it would be possible to add in your own bookmarks in the ebook reader. Curious to know what the policy is on errata/FAQs updates. I'm not sure they are part of the deal. Does anyone know otherwise?

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    4. It's simply an unprotected ePub file like all the other BL releases. Black text on white page.

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  3. it's only an epub though, not the rich interactive iPad version.

    It's a bit cheaper though, and since it has all the content of the book I suspect it will be a good replacement, but I'll stick to my interactive codexes.

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  4. It has no functionality at all from what I've seen. Nevermind interactive popups (which I wouldn't expect anyway), it doesn't even have hotlinks or a table of contents!

    No use for gaming or even quick reference, I'm afraid.

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  5. Sweet, glad to see they don't price it the same, someone at GW at least understands value differences.

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  6. about time

    their digi releases sucked so far, beeing not even available on iphone but only the pad

    now we only have to wait till they do all the dexes as multiplatform releas... so we can use it on pc laptop android ect. with buying just one time.

    And ofc they should consider doing the BRB. Thats the most important book -.-
    And ALL the dexes!!!

    This is just pointless. Haveing 1 book and not the others you need.

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    1. This version is multi-platform as you can view it using ebook reader software/apps such as Kindle etc

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    2. They sell iPads at many stores across the world if you feel like you're missing out, Warlord22. I can assure they don't suck, provide tremendous amounts of functionality, and will always be better than ePub releases. You get what you pay for...

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  7. Thats the way IMHO it should be, the digital copy should be a little cheaper than the hardcopy. Tho I don't see it lasting that long before they decide to raise it. I also feel if you get a hard copy you should get the Digital for free. It would be popular and I think it would keep some people from scanning in their hard copys and could help keep some piracy down as a scanned copy is easier to share than a water marked digital copy. I understand that you can't stop piracy but it could help. The more they raise prices without added value the more people that will look to pirated copys to save money. Just my humble opinion.

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    1. Right...because it's free to have people working in their design, publishing, and IT departments to program, update, and maintain these things.

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    2. Factor it in to the original cost, don't give me the "there is only a razor thin profit margin on these" I'd be willing to bet it is a pretty substantial margin. You cold also sell the digital copy on its own for a little less to people who wanted to buy it that way. You wouldn't be losing alot of sales as I doubt there is huge numbers of people who buy both formats and having a slight price increase but with a lot of added value would probably keep some from downloading a scan off their friend or a torrent site. There is other media that offers different formats in one purchase, are you saying they don't make any money?

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    3. You can make an ePub rather cheaply and from many different file formats. They can take the master updated text, add hyperlinks, save the file, and it's done. I personally scanned my DA codex and converted important parts to ePub day one. These should be free with purchase, no doubt about it, they're nothing special or thought out.

      Considering ePubs are usually drm free, and everyone bootlegs everything for this game I'd expect to see this start floating around online ether quickly. All it takes is one person to buy it an put it up...

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  8. Please don't let this be the death of my iPad codex. I prefer them over other formats and have started buying them rather than hardbacks. The rules look up and updates make them choice for at the table gaming, at least for me. I don't mind a cheaper PDF only version being out there I just don't want to see my iBooks one go away.

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    1. Only if Apple continues to tank will that be a worry. As long as Apple and Android compete with each other, both platforms will be supported.

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  9. They're not good for smartphones, images don't fit and aren't adaptable, maybe on tablet..
    This digital edition sucks.

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  10. They're not good for smartphones, images don't fit and aren't adaptable, maybe on tablet..
    This digital edition sucks.

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    1. For now. They will work on the bugs.

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  11. I have the epub space marine codex as of today and it sucks, 176 pages has been broken up into kindle page format and has become 8452 pages and the table content does not work.

    Even on the kindle fore HD is a giant clunk-fest, I now having it running on my gaming desktop in calibre and that's just about usable but not what you would call portable.

    I have requested a refund so i can go buy the hardback.

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