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Hardback vs Softback Books-


The Astra Militarum codex has recently been moved from Hardback to Softback covers on the GW Webstore. It has been said before that GW will sell the hardback versions at release, but then eventually move codices over to softcover and small format books.


Its definitely a trend, that I think many people will like as well. Hardback books are by far my favorite, but I personally dont want every codex in that format.

The small format books are great for travel for the armies I want to play, and I hope to see more codices and supplements move to these. Otherwise the softcovers will do the job, with a small price reduction.

Here is a link to the Astra Militarum softback codex
http://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Codex-Astra-Militarum-Softback-ENG

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  1. Lets hope they do it with the Haemonculus Covens supplement with it being no longer available. I'd love some hard cover small format codexes for travel though.

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    1. It is most certainly still available. If you need a physical copy, print out the parts you need.

      http://www.blacklibrary.com/games-workshop-digital-editions/haemonculus-covens-ebook.html

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    2. Not quite the same. A few sheets of paper wouldn't look so great with my other books on the shelf. I always have the ebooks too but the point was more its an example of another recent hardback to disappear and perfect for what Natfka is talking about.

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    3. Printing from a digital copy would be fine, if GW sold a .pdf version. Printing from an e-book is crap.

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  2. Only a matter of time (weeks?) until GW raises the price on softback army / codex books to match the hardback price, and raises the cost on hardbacks even more than the current level.

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    1. I can't believe some of the first plastic clam packs to come out are still only £9 when the new ones are now £17! It's basically like getting them half price, i doubt that'll last though.

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  3. I find it hard to believe GW doesn't *ever* look at what their competitors do; or at least look at their failures. I ALWAYS purchase the codex for my armies. I then immediately look for the PDF or ePub so I can avoid carrying around a hardback book when I want to play, or do some research when I'm not home. WoTC used to sell only hardback books, then thier customers complained about wear&tear, and the weight of carrying around 5+ books to play effectively. Suddenly they released softback book alongside hardback. Not everyone needs a hardback book. Not everyone sees the codexes as fine literature to build a library around -- for some people its just the rules. Sell just the rules and get that money! For those who want something more or better, sell hardbacks and special editions to them as well. If I have to wait 6 or 8 months for a softcover or small format, I just won't wait.

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    1. I'd like to see more variety. Hardbacks, softbacks, mini versions, abridged codices with just rules etc.

      Also, it'd be a really clever move to include a code to a digital copy of the Codex with a hard copy. Perhaps the code could grant you access to just the rules section or something, that way there's still incentive to buy the enhanced edition for fluff and artwork.

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    2. I agree. Buying a hard cover and getting a code for a digital version is a great idea (they do it with DVD and Blu-Ray movies). Even if they just made it as part of the limited edition versions.

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    3. According to US copyright law, you are entitles to "backup" a copyrighted work you own for archival purposes. So they wouldn't even be giving you something you are not already entitled to.

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    4. A code for a digital download but with purchasable downloadable content like the rules that go along with it or updates.

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    5. But then it would make no sense to make the customer pay more for the digital than the physical version (like they already did).

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    6. @heybiff: Unfortunately the methods for finding digital copies of things you own in print can be... inconvenient.

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    7. I recently purchased my first enhanced edition codex & I'm happy to report that I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I like it! What I'm not happy with is that it's an extra £5 more than an actual physical book!!! Why is this? It does have some additional content but once written surely it has no overheads to mass produce!

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    8. Luca the updates are the cost and not a requirement.

      Slannesh they cost that much so that it is an actual choice between hardback or digital copy. They have to recover either programming fee or printing fee and if more and more (likely) buy digital then it still has to equal a profit after all the prints are paid for too.

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    9. what i get from that is do i want a hard copy or do i want a copy i can mass print.

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    10. *back up/as needed.

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  4. Oh it would be awesome if they would make every codex softback... or both softback and small format! That would be cheap and easy to carry it around.

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    1. I would love this. Small softback rules for the store, hardbacks at home.

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  5. Like all things GW do they once again they do it to late, lets be honest here to some a codex is like a piece of art & they'll go over it from start to finish,to other's it just something they need to play the game.

    The best thing GW could do at this point is to start selling codices with just the rules for about 5 pounds or 10 dollars & sell a full dex as well for those that want all the fluff, why do this ? well in the age of e-puds where people can get the codices for free, if then only have to spend a small amount on the book then they just might buy it.

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    1. if i had to pay $10 over nearly $100 i would. at the rate of price increasing on books or new stuff come a new edition etc. at $100 or thereabouts i am happy to not have the rules or dexs.

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    2. if i were to collect the dexes for my armies then i'd be $500 down before buying models. that's not including supplements.

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    3. Except they have to include fluff for some and especially new players so the incentive on doing this for the few veteran players who won't just buy a new codex isn't there. I rarely find someone who has actually invested money in the hobby (as in purchased from GW and built own models) that won't cough up cash for a new codex for their army.

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    4. Crying about codex prices means you are in the wrong hobby. 40k is a hobby that proves you have expendable income and not a student ;)

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    5. ^ shall i say the same thing next time you choose to offload a complaint or concern. we shall say it's the wrong hobby. yeah ....no i don't think so. also it's not a wrong hobby for me. i have what 5 40k armies and 4-5 fantasy armies. yes wrong hobby. also i think i can complain where and when i see fit. welcome to the internet.

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    6. ^^ 40k: meet some without clubs or opponents. you'll find that dex's/rules become obsolete/irrelevant as it takes two to game. it's just not as fun if you play solohammer.

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  6. having gotten back into 40k a month or two before 7th ed came out, after having been gone for about 3 years, im still behind on having all the current codexes, as i enjoy collecting them, and having the latest copy of the rules for each army to hand whenever i need them.

    however this collector mentality means i also want all of my books to match, and while i fully endorse the release of both softback and small format codexes, i also wish they would continue to sell the hardback versions too.

    now im feeling the need to go out and buy all the ones im missing in hardback before they disappear.

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    1. "now im feeling the need to go out and buy all the ones im missing in hardback before they disappear"

      just as Tzeentch/GW has planned. if they remove supply they add to demand of current stock. they are banking on folks like you mate.

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    2. its almost like they are providing a product which i enjoy, and was going to buy anyway, only now ill be buying it sooner rather than later, not that it'll give them more of my money, as it just means i won't be buying something else instead.

      but i get what you mean

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  7. it's cool that they jack the prices up on a product, remove stock of said product replace it with a more expensive product then repeat the above, then they re-release the first product and justify the increase on the original product.

    frankly i am no longer interested in gaming or codex's etc. i'll still buy a few models if i like though. i don't see the need to sell up if i don't play.

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    1. Oooookay... We're sorry to see you leave I guess? Why are you deciding to let us random internet people know that you're quitting the game?

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    2. did i say i was quitting? also thank you for your input. *rolls eyes* i really really appreciate it.

      why not type a comment. others do for various reasons. atleast mine unlike yours has anything to do with the subject matter.

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    3. Tomorrow you should let Natfka know your displeasure with TP and where you like to eat lunch.

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    4. maybe i might 40k player....i just might..... good game, well played.

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  8. Are you kidding me, GW??? What the hell? Dont you realize that there are people among us who actually happen to LIKE uniformity? As in...say I have several armies, so I have a codex for each of them. All of the hardback ones look similar and look great on a shelf next to each other. Then you remove the hardback ones out of stock and only offer softback ones DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS DOES TO A HOBBYIST'S COLLECTION? Say some hobbyists have something called real life and they are occupied for a couple months then they get back to the hobby and are like "oh, of course my army got updated in the mean time" then they look at the codex and its a friggin softback.

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    1. At least horuz heresy books stayed the same size for you 40k people. Time of legends switched in the middle of neneferata's story arc

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    2. Oh just get on with it, it's not the end of the bloody world.

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  9. Print it on the same paper as Visions and sell it for $20 and I'd be in heaven. That's less pages and more money than Visions so it fits the GW philosophy perfectly!

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    1. you know your giving them GOOD idea's. keep those gem's flowing at this rate we can have codex's that are 1 page long and cost $5000 and are limited to 1 copy. fantastic deal for everyone.

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