A CD with a 230-page manual (in many languages) in pdf-format, and a small 'quick start manual' printed in 5 languages.
That's how it works nowadays, indeed. I don't like printing a 230-page of one-sided A4 manual either.
I just purchased a Casio EX-Z300 digital camera and I was shocked that there is no printed owner's manual included. The manual is on the included CD-ROM which must be downloaded and then printed. As I have neither a home PC nor a printer, this is ridiculous. Casio will send me a manual but they will charge for it. Is this a new gimmick used by other companies of not including a manual?