I got an interesting email this morning from the folks over at Paizo:
Wizards of the Coast has notified us that we may no longer sell or distribute their PDF products. Accordingly, after April 6 at 11:59 PM Pacific time, Wizards of the Coast PDFs will no longer be available for purchase on paizo.com;
after noon on April 7, you will no longer be able to download Wizards of the Coast PDFs that you have already purchased, so please make sure you have downloaded all purchased PDFs by that time.
The Paizo Customer Service Team
I haven’t checked with other online sites but it wouldn’t surprise me if Wizards is also doing this to other companies who publish TSR’s old material in *.PDF form. This isn’t the first time that Wizards of the Coast has cut of Paizo either. Do remember that Paizo used to print both the Dragon and Dungeon Magazines for Wizards way back when. I hurried over there and redownloaded what I had through them. I’m sure I have the material on a hard drive or DVD somewhere but just in case I had missed something. (We all know I have a horrible history of sites crapping out on me.)
It’s kind of sad to see this occur. The only real place, outside of torrents or download sites, to get this material is via an online auction site like ebay. Pretty soon even those sources will start drying up or the paper material will begin to fall apart. It’s hard enough to find mint condition material now. Think how hard it is when the book are 30 years old or more. (And many of them already are that old.)