D&D General D&D Book Prices Are Going Up

Books going up to $69.95 but include digital bundles

WotC announced today that D&D books will be increasing in price this year.

Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants will be $59.99 as a preorder and $69.99 thereafter. These will apparently come as physical and digital bundles, so you won’t need to buy the D&D Beyond version separately.

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This space is dedicated to communicating clearly and transparently with our players- even when the topic isn’t particularly fun. Since the release of the 2014 D&D core rulebooks, we’ve kept book prices stable. Unfortunately, with the cost of goods and shipping continually increasing, we’ve finally had to make the decision to increase the price of our new release print books. We're committed to creating high-quality products that deliver great value to our players and must increase our prices to accomplish that.

This will go into effect starting with Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants and new releases after Glory of the Giants. Digital pricing is unaffected by this MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) increase, as digital products don’t need to be printed or shipped. The increase also doesn’t impact backlist titles. While we can’t promise that there will never be a change to the prices of digital products and backlist titles, we have no plans to increase either.

Players who purchase the Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants digital-physical bundle through Dungeons & Dragons store can get the bundle for $59.95 for the entire preorder window, which is consistent with our current digital-physical bundle pricing. After the preorder window closes, digital-physical bundle prices will go to $69.95.
 

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Oofta

Legend
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Not directly. But indirectly it does. Inflation affects all sectors in time. i.e. gasoline price goes up, shipping goes up, food goes up... eventually wages go up. So now every industry has to charge more. Hence why we have things like generic inflation calculators.

I was talking specifically about the price pressures on physical product. I have no idea what their profit margin looks like for product sold on DDB is. I'm not even sure how much they care about profit on sales of individual books (although I doubt they sell them at a loss) because of the subscription fees they get.
 




darjr

I crit!
From @Dyson Logos. If he's right, Shannon Appelcline notes that the 2023 books are a drop from the 2014.

MSRP in 2022 USD
Each is for the complete rules set at the time, but no supplements. Boxed sets where available.
1974 OD&D - $61.53
1977 Holmes Basic - $25.03
1979 AD&D1e - $113.39
1981 B/X D&D - $60.12
1983 BECMI D&D - $183
1989 AD&D2e - $142.10
1991 Rules Cyclopedia - $55.75
2000 D&D3e - $158.40 *
2003 D&D3.5 - $143.10
2008 D&D4e - $148.05
2014 D&D5e - $192
2023 D&D5e - $180
* This is the MSRP after the loss-leader first print run that they sold at $20 per book - the first print price was $105.60 in 2022 USD.
Rules Cyclopedia remains the best "bang for the buck"
I originally posted the above in the wrong thread. Quoting here cause I meant to do that.
 

Oofta

Legend
Uh-huh, because they don't apply here, at this time, as we discussed.

But they do in other industries, and even the most staunch capitalists are beginning to recognise it (c.f. the FT, the WSJ, etc. etc. etc. etc.).

If it was greedflation they would have raised the price for digital books as well.

But carry on. Assume the worst because WOTC is evil and general inflation is...I don't know...a myth? Raising prices after close to a decade ... yeah totally gouging. :rolleyes:
 

Micah Sweet

Level Up & OSR Enthusiast
If it was greedflation they would have raised the price for digital books as well.

But carry on. Assume the worst because WOTC is evil and general inflation is...I don't know...a myth? Raising prices after close to a decade ... yeah totally gouging. :rolleyes:
WotC can be evil even if general inflation is real.
 



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