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I don't disagree that PDFs / e-book options are increasingly important in the niche market that is TTRPGs, but the degree is questionable. One problem / barrier that TTRPGs have in all their forms is "reading". Having to read them is a problem for many. If you want popular games look at video / computer games. Minimal time reading vs. playing...
You are absolutely correct: I can really only speak for myself. Lack of digital support in 5E is a deal-killer for me.
I also happen to believe that the way PDFs were handled in 2009 hurt 4E and generated a lot of ill-will, but I can't prove that. I can say with certainty that it pissed *me* off. :)
I have no doubt about you knowing yourself :) Personally I hope they have PDFs (or some reasonable alternative E-book solution) available. They are not a deal breaker for me, but they are a convenience that I'd like to have available. WotC has been quite adept at pissing off it's fans. Hopefully they give that a rest for awhile...