RANGES AND FORMATS
Black Library products are available in a wide variety of physical and digital formats, and across a host of ranges and story types. This page gives you a brief overview so you know what to expect when you’re buying a new tale.
In the grim darkness of the far future, mankind battles for survival in a galaxy torn asunder by bloodshed and destruction. Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction, assailed on all sides by aliens, traitors and daemons, and only the superhuman strength of the Space Marines and the uncountable numbers of the Astra Militarum stand between the slavering alien hordes and total annihilation.
Space Marine Battles
Genetically modified to be the perfect soldiers and armed with the deadliest of weapons, the Space Marines of the Adeptus Astartes are humanity’s greatest defenders. This range chronicles the most renowned battles of a wide variety of Space Marine Chapters.
The Horus Heresy
It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. Set 10,000 years before the timeline of Warhammer 40,000, the Horus Heresy series tells of the galaxy-spanning civil war that threatens to bring about the extinction of humanity as the traitorous Warmaster Horus turns his forces against his father, the Emperor. As the flames of war spread across the galaxy, mankind’s champions will be put to the ultimate test, as brother faces brother and the universe trembles to the beat of war.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar
For untold aeons, the Mortal Realms have suffered under the lash of Chaos. Seven magical lands have been conquered by the followers of the Dark Gods, leaving the free peoples scattered and broken. But now the gates to the eighth realm have opened and the celestial armies of the God-King Sigmar have emerged to take back the Mortal Realms. The Stormcast Eternals have come. The Age of Sigmar has begun.
Warhammer Fantasy Battles
Before the Age of Sigmar came the World That Was, a dark and gritty fantasy land riven by war and beset by the constant threat of Chaos. At its heart is mankind’s Empire, standing with elven and dwarfish allies against all the armies of darkness – brutal orcs and savage ogres, the shambling hordes of the walking dead and of course the innumerable servants of the Dark Gods. From the origin myths of the Time of Legends to the destruction of the world in the End Times, the Warhammer Fantasy Battles range tells hundreds of tales of this doomed land.
In the twisted underhive, savage gangs wage constant war for territory, for treasure, and sometimes just for survival. Cunning bounty hunters seek their fortune by capturing notorious criminals, religious zealots crusade through the darkness with fire and faith, and hunters from uphive bring advanced technologies into the depths as they hunt the inhabitants for sport. This is Necromunda.
In a fantasy kingdom where violence is a way of life, the number one sport is Blood Bowl – gridiron football where anything goes. These books follows rookie player Dirk ‘Dunk’ Hoffnung as he rises through the leagues and experiences all the glory and despair of a career Blood Bowl player.
Quick Reads, also known as eShorts or short stories, range in length from 1,000 to 20,000 words, and can be anything from a vignette of action to an epic tale of betrayal and drama. Most Quick Reads focus on a single main character. Some Quick Reads are part of a larger serialised tale, each story standing alone but also forming a chapter of the overall tale. All our Quick Reads are exclusively digital products.
Novellas are typically around 30,000 words in length and tell a story that’s too large for a Quick Read but not quite large enough for a full novel. They usually have two or three storylines and a larger cast of viewpoint characters.
Novels vary in length from 50,000 to 150,000 words. They are the greatest of stories, and can tell the events of a wide-ranging campaign, or follow a single battle in depth. They usually have large casts and a wide variety of action set-pieces to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Audiobooks are, very simply, a story read by an actor. They can be Quick Reads, novellas or novels, and usually have a single reader, though some have two. Most Black Library audiobooks are full and unabridged.
Audio Dramas are stories written as scripts specifically for the audio format. They usually have multiple actors playing different characters, with another providing linking narration. They also have sound effects and music to create atmosphere and drama. They can range in length between roughly 10 minutes and 2 hours.
Enhanced Audio Editions are eBooks (in ePub3 format) of the production script for an audio drama, and also include the audio drama itself, both as a complete file and individual scenes. This allows you to read along with the audio in whatever way you wish. Some Enhanced Audio Editions also include maps and illustrations to enhance your experience.
Apps – Games Workshop produces a range of mobile apps, including a news app, a Warhammer Age of Sigmar gaming aid app and apps for White Dwarf and Warhammer Visions magazines. Apps are available for iOS and Android tablets and mobile phones, and are downloadable from the App Store and Google Play store.
Limited Editions are the crème de la crème of Black Library titles, premium, collectible items that are packaged far more luxuriously than a standard book and come with extra material such as illustrations and maps. Limited editions are often signed and numbered, and will never be reprinted in the same format, though the stories will be made available again in various ways after a period of exclusivity.
Hardbacks are usually the first release of a new novel, novella, graphic novel or anthology of Quick Reads. Some hardbacks, such as those in the Horus Heresy range, include additional features like illustrations.
Premium Paperbacks are paperbacks of novels and anthologies that include additional features, such as internal colour sections or black and white illustrations.
Paperbacks are just that – paperback versions of novels, graphic novels or anthologies.
Gallery Prints are premium quality art prints of covers from Black Library books. They’re printed on linen paper and mounted in card frames, and many are individually numbered and limited to small print runs.
Audio CDs can be either audiobooks (in which case they tend to be boxed sets containing a number of discs) or audio dramas, which are on one or two discs and sometimes include a CD-Rom with additional features such as wallpapers and original scripts.
ePubs are the international standard eBook file type, also known as ePub2. Most computers and mobile devices can read ePub files, either as standard or with freely downloadable software. Please note that ePub3 files are not compatible with any Kindle devices.
Mobi files are used by Kindle devices and the Kindle app, which can be downloaded for most mobile devices.
Audio MP3s are downloadable version of audiobooks and audio dramas in MP3 format, which can be used by a wide range of devices and software.
Wallpapers are digital images designed to adorn the home screen of your mobile devices and the desktop of your computer.
Subscriptions allow you to pre-purchase a selection of eBooks or audio dramas. The subscription is provided as a zip file, which is updated whenever a new instalment is released.
Zip files are often used for larger downloads, such as eBook bundles and MP3 audiobooks, as well as subscriptions. These need to be unpacked on a PC or Mac using suitable software and the files within (which will be eBooks or MP3 audio files) transferred onto your device of choice.
Any device that can download eReader software is capable of running at least some of our digital products. Some products are only available in specific formats that can be used on particular devices.
Please note that ePub3 files are not compatible with any Kindle devices.
We recommend Apple iPads and iPhones for the widest compatibility. Many of our eBooks are also compatible with most Android devices and computers, though you may need to download additional software. Please note that Enhanced Editions are only compatible with Apple devices.
For Apple devices including iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, iBooks is the best software to use.
For Android, we recommend Kobo or Gitden. Both are compatible with ePub and ePub3 files.
For Windows phones, we recommend Kobo, which is compatible with ePub and Mobile editions.
For Windows tablets and PCs, we recommend Azardi or Kobo.
If you own a kindle device we recommend that you load your eBooks onto your device using the following guide,
1. Firstly you will need to download the Mobi version of your eBook from the “my download” section of your account.
2. You will then need to connect your Kindle to your computer and open it up as a drive
3. Double click the Documents folder in the kindle to open it up
4. You will then need to open a new window containing the folder where your downloaded book is kept (in most cases it's the my download folder in my documents)
5. Then drag the eBook from your downloaded folder into your kindle's document folder
6. Disconnect your Kindle and your book will appear on your kindle (please note if you are using the Kindle fire your books will appear in the documents section).
Android and Windows devices
If you are using either an Android or Windows device we recommend you follow the below guide to upload your purchases onto your device.
1. We recommend that you download the Kobo book reader app from the play store as we find that this reader works well with our eBooks
2. Once you have downloaded kobo you will need to download the ePub /Tablet/Mobile version of your eBook from the “my download” section of your account.
3. When your eBook has successfully download you will need open up Kobo. And select Import File from the apps menu.
4. You should then see a list of folders. You will need to find the Downloads folder and open it
5. Once opened you should see a list of files that you have downloaded onto your device. You should now find the book you would like to add to the apps library and select it.
6. Once it has been selected all you need to do now in push the import button and wait your book to import
7. When imported your book should open automatically.
If you're using a iOS device then adding your purchases to your device couldn’t be easier just follow the guide below.
1.Download the ePub /Tablet/Mobile version of your eBook from the “my download” section of your account using the Safari browser
2.Once your eBooks finishes downloading (This may take some time depending on the size of the file and your internet connection) you should then see a pop up box asking you which app you would like to open your eBook with.
3.Select the iBooks option. Your eBook will then automatically be imported into iBooks and open up for you to read.