I’d love to be able to carry around sourcebooks or even to run adventures from the convenience of my NC, but there is something holding me back.
Seriously. To be fair, PDF’s do allow me to carry a whole collection of books in this handheld device, but they tend to be large and unwieldy files designed for viewing on a larger screen with more memory and processing power. And for years that has not been a problem. But times are changing and RPG publishers must change with them. Why not offer your PDF sourcebook in more mobile friendly mobi and epub formats as well? It will definitely call for stripping some of the borders and re-doing the layout, but I feel it would add great value to the product.
I can see the next step clearly, an RPGNow app store download for my phone. And don’t make it just for iOS. Android is making tremendous strides in market share, especially in the international scene.
Already the app stores for every smartphone and tablet are getting a wide variety of dice-rolling apps. Other utilities such as character generators, character sheets, random name generators, spellbooks, and more are slowly filtering in.
The movement has already begun. I truly look forward to publishers stepping up to the plate. The first I have seen to do so is Rogue Games. Most of their catalog is already available in both mobi and epub format in addition to the tradition print and pdf offerings. Not only that, but the digital versions are priced competitively. Twenty bucks for a pdf or ebook is a lot to swallow.
Publishers, if you need advice on how to prosper in this increasingly digital age look no further than writers who are already taking the leap. Kevin J Anderson is talking about widening the net with ebooks on his blog. Michael Stackpole, game designer and fiction writer, has been writing almost non-stop on the topic for the past few weeks and has a tremendous wealth of insight offered up on his web site. And if you still want ideas, feel free to drop me an email or DM me on Twitter.