"Pay what you want" Humble Bundle expands into eBooks

The team behind the Humble Bundle "pay what you want" sales events have concentrated on games, both on the PC and on mobile platforms. The latest such event was the Humble Indie Bundle 6, which generated over $2 million in two weeks. That changed today with the announcement of the first ever Humble eBook Bundle.

The official Humble Bundle website has posted up word that for the next two weeks, it will be selling eight science fiction and fantasy eBooks. Six of the books will be available for any price: Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi, Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, Invasion by Mercedes Lackey, Stranger Things Happen  and Magic for Beginners, both by Kelly Link.

If a person decides to pay more than the average Humble eBook Bundle price, they will receive two more books; Signal to Noise vy Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean and Old Man's War by John Scalz. As of this writing, the average price is just over $10. Normally, buying these eBooks would cost $52.

In addition to the eBooks, users may also wish to donate to three different charities: the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child's Play, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The bundle ends in two weeks.

Source: Humble Bundle

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It's rather ironic that at the time of posting this, Linux users are paying more for this bundle than mac or windows users, with windows users paying almost $4 less than the linux folk.

Beyond Godlike said,

Thanks for sharing. Do you know if they are affiliated with the humblebundle people?


They're unaffiliated with them. It was started by Jason Chen and some other people.

Nice to see they've included books, but I hope there's a better selection than their games. That past Humble ****ty Bundles were terrible.

bjoswald said,
Nice to see they've included books, but I hope there's a better selection than their games. That past Humble ****ty Bundles were terrible.

Really? 5, 6 and Android 3 were all great bundles. Maybe you should just be thankful for such bundles existing to allow you the chance at buying great titles for a fraction of their retail price.

bjoswald said,
That past Humble ****ty Bundles were terrible.

Now I've read it all on the internet. 6 and especially 5 were chock full of quality games, maybe the best gaming-deals ever and I don't think they will be able to top that. So if you think those were ****ty I don't know what to tell you aside from looking for another hobby.

Average price is now slightly over $11. A bit surprised how high the average price is compared to the video game / pervious music bundle. Note: All these books are drm free.

Jason Stillion said,
Average price is now slightly over $11. A bit surprised how high the average price is compared to the video game / pervious music bundle. Note: All these books are drm free.

Gamers are cheaper i guess?