“The pay-what-you-want website, that has previously played host to great indie video games and music, is currently offering eight works of science fiction and fantasy in their new eBook bundle…”
Humble eBook Bundle, the pay-what-you-want website that has previously played host to great indie video games and music, is currently offering eight works of science fiction and fantasy in their new eBook bundle by authors such as Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, and Neil Gaiman, among others. You should really make grabbing this deal a high priority.
In case you aren’t aware of how the Humble Bundle works, you basically state exactly how much you are willing to pay for whatever they are offering, and that’s how much it’ll run you. No catch. Well, okay, a small catch. If you want two of the books in this bundle (the Scalzi and the Gaiman), you have to at least match the average price paid, which, theoretically, will keep creeping up as the bundle goes on.
“But Thomas,” you might be saying if you read the author byline, “what’s to keep me from only giving them a dollar, or even just a penny, and then taking advantage of Humble Bundle’s DRM-free nature to send copies to all my friends?” To that I’d answer that the proceeds from Humble eBook Bundle go not only to the authors (or game developers or musicians, in the case of other Bundles), but also to charities like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play. You can even tell Humble Bundle how much of your donation you want to go to each group, for when you disagree with one of the charities in principle or just think that authors make too much money for some weird reason. So, with that being said, if you want to deprive charities and authors of money, there’s really nothing stopping you from doing exactly that. And you are a bad person.
Here’s a quick peek at what you get from this eBook bundle:
- Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of short stories including the Sturgeon Award winner “The Calorie Man.”
- Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link. Two collections of short stories by a Hugo and Nebula winner.
- Invasion: The Secret World Chromicle by Mercedes Lackey. Book one of the Secret World Chronicle, comes with several short stories from the same universe. Superheroes versus transdimensional Nazis. What’s not to love?
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. A former journalist seeks to solve a mystery in an alternate Johannesburg. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award.
- Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow. In the not-too-distant future, Internet piracy is rigidly illegal and severely punished, and it’s getting worse.
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. First in the series, humanity’s military presence in space is restricted to retirees.
- Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Dave McKean. A graphic novel examining a man’s internal struggle and its relationship to the film he won’t be able to finish.
“There are just fourteen days left to get this deal, so get to humblebundle.com, grab the books, and then come back here and tell us what you think of them.”
And so there you have it. All of the books, with the exception of Signal to Noise, are available in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats, so they should be compatible with your Nook, Kindle, or iPad, or you can just read them on your computer screen. Signal to Noise, as a graphic novel, is available as a PDF, a high-resolution PDF, or in EPUB format. And just as a reminder, you have to pay at least the average donation level to get Old Man’s War and Signal to Noise. As of this writing, there are just fourteen days left to get this deal, so get to humblebundle.com, grab the books, and then come back here and tell us what you think of them.