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Old 10-10-2012, 12:38 AM   #16
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I thought I'd find this mentioned here! I got the email and bought the bundle. Some well known authors there. One book I already have, but only on paper; the others are new for me.

If you're a graphic novel lover (I'm not) beware that the graphic novel included in the bundle may be a challenge. The display is an unreadable mess on Firefox with the Epub reader extension.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:47 AM   #17
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It's not really "pay what you want" if you have to beat the average (12$ and rising) for Gaiman's and Scalzi's books, is it? Also, not really all that much into SF, so I'll pass for now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:09 AM   #18
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I grabbed. Two of the books were on my wish list anyway and I was quite interested in the Scalzi book as well.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:28 AM   #19
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I paid now, they will likely add something bonus there so better be early.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:06 AM   #20
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Despite being broke, I bought the humble bundle for a few dollars, MOSTLY for the Doctorow book, because I received an advance paperback copy, which my son is now happily reading, now I get one for my Kindle, as well as the other books. Thanks!

Edit: I so so so wish I could afford to give way more - this is an awesome idea and I want to support it.

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:50 AM   #21
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Saw the email this morning and wish I bought it first thing. Ended up paying just over $12 which is fine. Happy to support this initiative. And in case anyone is wondering, @wilw is Wil Wheaton, and the others aren't.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:29 AM   #22
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #23
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It's not really "pay what you want" if you have to beat the average (12$ and rising) for Gaiman's and Scalzi's books, is it? Also, not really all that much into SF, so I'll pass for now.
Of course it's really pay what you want - for the 6 books. *THOSE* are the Bundle. The graphic novel and Scalzi's novel are *bonuses*, in addition to what's in the Bundle, for beating the average.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #24
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I own three of the books, but I'm going to purchase anyway.

Why? Because I think this sort of thing needs to be encouraged and authors need to see that this is a worthwhile thing to do. $3 a piece for the six main books is less than $20 and as that's more than the current average, I pick up the extra two.
That's exactly why I jumped on it. To show them that I will pay for them to produce. It's also a bit of a notice for their publishers... and it's for charity besides.
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Of course it's really pay what you want - for the 6 books. *THOSE* are the Bundle. The graphic novel and Scalzi's novel are *bonuses*, in addition to what's in the Bundle, for beating the average.
It is not pay what you want, if you want to pay 0.00 for them you cannot.

Not sure if this works the same as their software bundles but I have never paid more than a few cents for them and always got the bonus items as well.

It is also obvious that someone may be cheating with this deal, who would pay $1000 for this bundle that you can buy for $52 ? Well a greedy author might, if they see they have made several thousand in a couple of days they may invest some of their earnings back into the system and buy the bundle for a ridiculous price, setting the payment to go 100% to themselves and giving a quick boost to the average price which everyone feels they have to beat.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #26
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Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed The Windup Girl and have heard good things about Paolo Bacigalupi's shorts. For that, a Neil Gaiman graphic novel and a few random selections I think it was worth a couple of $10 spots so I bumped up the average a bit just now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:05 AM   #27
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It is not pay what you want, if you want to pay 0.00 for them you cannot.
Yes, but that's because you wouldn't be paying anything. To "pay" for something, something has to be going from you to them.

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Not sure if this works the same as their software bundles but I have never paid more than a few cents for them and always got the bonus items as well.
Strange. You must've gotten very lucky, then.

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You are forgetting that these Bundles are for *charity*. For example, during Humble Indie Bundle 5, Notch (creator of Minecraft) donated a whopping US$12,345.67, despite having absolutely no stake in that Bundle, and donated $10,000 during Humble Indie Bundle 6. (and Humble donations are even more charitable than most, it seems, since I can't seem to find any information on acquiring reciepts to claim tax deductions)

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It is also obvious that someone may be cheating with this deal, who would pay $1000 for this bundle that you can buy for $52 ?
Same people who have thousands to give to charities.

It's not just people who want to get things cheap. Some people pay more (a lot more) to support the authors/developers and help them create more things.

It's no different than some of the kickstarter projects were certain people easily give over $10,000 for something that's worth less than a $100. There's no cheating at all going on.

I give as much as I can to them, even if I could have it for a few cents, just to help and support them.
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It is not pay what you want, if you want to pay 0.00 for them you cannot.
I think it's reasonable to say that paying nothing isn't paying for them.

I think your conspiracy theory about the large payments is without merit.
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The game bundles have always had extra items if you beat the average. Last time there were 5 extra games (which I actually wanted more than the main 5). I don't know why you'd get them for paying next to nothing.

For me, I need to decide how much I want that graphic novel (I already have the Scalzi in paperback). If everyone could go and lower the average a bit, that would help.
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