From: The Nutmeg State
Ok I see. I didn't look at the DX description. I just assumed boxed copy meant that it would come with a printed book. The reason why I made that assumption was that back in 2008, I think, Carl R., at least I think it was him, made the announcement that all boxed games were going to have a printed book from then on. I don't care to find that thread because it's long buried, but I remember it clearly that that was the intent. My observation was clearly to point out that I did not forget that post, and secondly I wanted to know when Matrix backed down from that commitment. I can guess now that the idea was scrapped and the DX, ST, CL editions evolved from that initial statement.
I believe the current structure (DX, ST, CL) evolved from issues some people had buying a game and the box coming ONLY with a disc which used a PDF manual. My recollection is that Matrix committed (at the time) to including a printed manual (color or b/w) in all of thier non-DX releases. As far as I know, this is still what they do.
For myself, as long as the manual is done well, I can live with PDF as I like to print it out using a LARGE size font anyway. The older I get, the harder it is for my eyes to read the little printed manuals.