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It isn't so much that the lack of PDFs will kill them; it's the "we know best" hubris behind it (and the lack of a licensing process, and the C&Ds, etc.). Any number of people have been asking for a PDF/ebook option for years to no avail. Companies which ignore their customers to that extent do so at their peril. Seriously, taking nothing away from Paizo, the TTRPG market was WotC's to lose in 2008, and lose it they did. Spectacularly.
These days If a game doesn't have a PDF electronic version of their books I don't play or support it. It's just that simple for me. Digital real estate is cheaper than physical space and allows me to store and transport more. It allows me to look up rules and other elements of the game quicker and with ease whether i'm at home or at work on a lunch break or waiting for a flight at the airport or sitting on a plane.
I've read actual books on my ipad and phone but to me game books are reference books. I dont usually read them from cover to cover or try to commit them to memory but just use them to find specific information that I need at the time. If a publisher is set on making that difficult or not even a possibility then I cant support them. In this case I wasn't going to be supporting WOTC anyway but the chance that I would have at least picked up a PDF of the player's handbook as a PDF would be good.
The Basic PDF is not a good stand-in for the actual full text in this case. Not for me anyway.