The Humble eBook Bundle hopes to bring the bundling madness (that has actually calmed down a little over the past few months) into the realm of eBooks. So what do they bring to the table to try and get you to name your price? A whole lot of sci-fi and fantasy, that’s what. The books in the Humble eBook Bundle are Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen, Mercedes Lackey’s Invasion, ‘ Zoo City, Paulo Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, and Corey Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema. So you can get all of that for whatever price you name which, since that’s six whole books covering a wide spectrum, I’d hope is more than a couple of dollars. So, you say, what is my motivation for giving them more than a couple of books and calling it a day (and, look, it’s probably better to give a couple of bucks, with the authors, Humble, and charity splitting it than nothing, honestly)? Well, they got a couple of heavy hitters held back for those that beat the average: John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. As I write this, that average is somewhere just north of $12, which amounts to just more than $1.50 per eBook, which is still a pretty crazy good deal. Of the authors I have read, Scalzi’s Redshirts was utterly delightful, Beaukes recently began a run on the Fables spinoff Fairest that was pretty darned impressive, and Neil Gaiman happens to be Neil Gaiman, so I’m going to assume I don’t need to explain that to you. In any case, it’s a lot of reading for a low price that goes to a couple of good causes (working authors and charity), so – if you’d like to take a look – you can head over the Humble eBook Bundle web page and check it out. If you’ve read any of the books on the list, I would love to hear from you in the comments.
Michael is an enthusiast about a lot of things, including indie games, roleplaying games, board games, and comic books that wanted to help create a place where he could bring things to the attention of those with similar interests. Futile Position is a true labor of labor, which he hopes continues to grow through the support of the great readers who have come upon this page.
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