Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Humble eBook Bundle


Humble Bundle may not be on their way to world domination, but they've certainly helped add a wrinkle to how video games could - and, some might say, should - be sold: DRM-free, cross-platform, pay what you want.  To call the Humble Bundle experiment anything but a success would be disingenuous.  In fact, it's been successful enough that the HB folks have offered films, game soundtracks, and legitimate records under the same model.  It's only appropriate that they've turned their sights to eBooks now with the Humble eBook Bundle.

eBooks seem ripe for the type of disruption Humble Bundle has been introducing to the marketplace.  It's still a relatively young format (at least in the mainstream) so it's still trying to find its footing; although eBooks have fallen into the same traps as digital entertainment before them - things like DRM - it isn't too late to forge a new path.  Hopefully the Humble eBook Bundle can enlighten some folks and start something special.

There are six titles available through the Humble eBook Bundle, with two more unlocked if you pay more than the average.  First, there's Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, who has really taken charge in terms of trying to work within the new dynamic of writing and selling books, both physically and digitally.  Then you've got Paolo Bacigalupi's awesome anthology Pump Six and Other Stories, along with Lauren Beukes's Zoo City and Mercedes Lackey's Invasion.  Finally, two offers from Kelly Link: Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners.  As promised, and as usual with Humble Bundles, you get a few extras if you pay more than the average in Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's Signal to Noise and John Scalzi Old Man’s War.

Like all Humble Bundles, part of your purchase goes to charities, in this case the EFF, Child's Play, and/or the Science Fiction Writers of America..  You'll get DRM-free eBooks in different formats, including ePub, PDF, and Mobi, so you'll be able to read them pretty much anywhere.

So, get on it!  You've already rotted your brain enough with those daggum video games they've been selling you.  Open a book for once!  ...Or, y'know, turn on your eReader or tablet or phone or computer or whatever.  You should be reading Neil Gaimain and the rest anyway.  There's a reason why they've won awards.

www.humblebundle.com

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