I’ve been meaning to address this very issue, but it is stated so well by fellow blogger “Triangularroom” that I thought I’d share. Also, it appears that his blog is moving soon, so here is the updated link as well.
I’ve written about this topic before, but with every new hardcover the Paizo produces, it’s something I have to think about: do I buy the considerably cheaper PDF, or wait and buy the expensive physical version? Now that I have bought a couple of hardcovers in PDF format, I have a much better idea of what works for me.
Ultimate Equipment. Although it is nice to simply type in the piece of equipment you want into the search bar, this means that you need to know what the item is called. I’ve found for use at the table, the physical version of this book works better. It allows both the game master and the players to browse through a specific section and find a suitable item, rather than having to guess its name.
Bestiaries. Although these are nice to page through while preparing a session, I almost never use these…
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