The well-known Humble Bundle crew have taken a slightly different approach with their latest pay-what-you-want charity offering. The Humble eBook Bundle contains “eight works of literary genius” – available in multiple formats and supporting Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as well as ol’ faithfuls, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play.
So. What you’re looking at: Cory Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Paolo Bacigalupi’s Pump Six (worth the price of admission alone), Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City, Mercedes Lackey’s Invasion, and two from Kelly Link – Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. It’s a bit of a grab bag, something for everyone, but if you’re a bookworm, this is well worth picking up.
At the moment, the average price is nearly US$12, and paying above that will snag you two more books – Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and Signal to Noise from Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman. Forking over a little extra cash shouldn’t upset you – if you paid full price for these eBooks, it’d be around US$52 (even more if they were real books!).
As always, the Humble Bundle is non-OS specific. You can grab what you want in multiple formats – including PDF, MOBI and ePub – so you’ll be able to load ’em up on your computer, eBook reader and most decent smartphones and mobile devices.
Head to the Humble Bundle website, pick your price, sort out how you’d like it to be divided between the authors, the charities and the Humble Bundle themselves (you can even micromanage and specify how much should go to each author), and you’re good to go.
Don’t like books? Don’t worry. Stick around, they’ll be back with the video games soon enough.