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Old 10-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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The Humble eBook Bundle: 6 eBooks, Pay What You Want

The folks behind the popular Humble Indie Bundles have come out with an ebook version. Pay what you want for 6 ebooks, with a decent amount of it going to charities (Child's Play, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Science Fiction Writers of North America [a non-profit advocacy group]). Pay more than the average (currently $9.94 US) and recieve 2 more ebooks:

Cory Doctorow - "Pirate Cinema"
Paolo Bacigalupi - "Pump Six" (short story collection)
Lauren Beukes - "Zoo City"
Mercedes Lackey - "Invasion" (book one of ''The Secret World Chronicle'')
Kelly Link - "Stranger Things Happen" (short story collection)
Kelly Link - "Magic for Beginners" (short story collection)

...plus Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's "Signal to Noise" graphic novel and John Scalzi's "Old Man’s War" for beating the average.

Go give it a look at https://www.humblebundle.com/ - and remember, it's also for charity, so please be generous if you decide to get it! (anything under about $1 will actually *cost* them money, so don't be a jerk, 'kay?)

EDIT: Oh, and the books are *DRM-free*. Humble never puts DRM on their offerings. Just remember to save the URL they send you as it is the key to your version of the download page in case you ever need to redownload.

EDIT 2: The Humble eBook Bundle will be up for the next two weeks, until October 23rd.

EDIT 3: And the first (and hopefully not last!) Humble eBook Bundle is now closed.

Final total: $1,201,961.57 on 84,165 sales, for an average purchase of $14.28. Good job, folks, as this is the highst average of any Bundle they've done.

(Mods may now close the thread, if they feel like it :P)

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Just got the email and was going to post, but you beat me to it. Nice to see this sort of thing taking off. It's interesting that both StoryBundle and Humble both used SciFi/Fantasy as their first bundles. I see Humble actually managed to get a couple of bigger name authors. I'll probably be buying it when I get paid on the 15th.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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Got the mail too. Apparently people are generous, the average is rising very quickly ($10.35 at 3500 bundles sold). If you want all the books and want to be cheap, you should probably buy early.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #4
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If only I didn't actually have all of these, already.... except maybe the graphic novel.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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I think this is an extremely positive PR opportunity for the authors in question no matter how little they actually get per sold bundle, in that they suddenly gets exposed to thousands of new people (8104 as of this writing).
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, I already own three of them.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, I already own three of them.
Buy the other three for a $1 then, or half whatever you would have considered paying. Granted you won't hit the avg to get the other two books without paying over the odds for just 3 books compared to everyone else, but you can still snag the 3 you don't have
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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Buy the other three for a $1 then, or half whatever you would have considered paying. Granted you won't hit the avg to get the other two books without paying over the odds for just 3 books compared to everyone else, but you can still snag the 3 you don't have
Just to add, if you wish to, you can click the little arrow next to "Authors" on the part of the page where you choose how to break down your chosen amount, and set it so that all your money goes to those authors whose books you hadn't already owned in the past. You don't have to, but the option's there.
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I was on an 8 month streak of not buying any new books... but I can't say no to humble bundle. I always get their game bundles... and the second I got the email, I just knew I would get it, regardless of what the books were.

And now that I've seen the books, I'm twice as glad to have purchased it!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #10
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Wow! Someone gave $1000 for the bundle. No wonder the average is so high.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:19 PM   #11
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The word "charity" always makes me spend more than I can afford... Can't complain about 8 new books, though!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #12
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Humble Bundle eBooks, including books by Doctrow, Scalzi, Gaiman, and Lackey

http://www.humblebundle.com/

Saw this on GearDiary today. Six eBooks by Cory Doctrow, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Link, Paulo Bacigalupi and Lauren Beukes. If you beat the minimum price, you also get Signal-to-Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, along with "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi.

Very sweet deal. I'm surprised I didn't already see a post in the news forums about it. In PDF, ePub,and Mobi format too.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:48 PM   #13
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I'm surprised I didn't already see a post in the news forums about it.
Maybe because it isn't news? There is already a thread in the Deals forum: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=193359
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Maybe because it isn't news? There is already a thread in the Deals forum: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=193359
Nevermind in that case. Still jumped on the deal, though.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:09 PM   #15
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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.
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