I was aware of the first Humble eBook Bundle last year, but I didn’t get round to buying it in time. When I saw today that they were doing a new eBook bundle I went straight to the site and liked what I saw.
The Humble eBook Bundle is a collection of eBooks that you can buy on a pay what you basis. The money that you pay can be split between the authors, three nominated charities and Humble Bundle themselves – it’s up to the individual to choose how their money is split (for the authors and charities you can even specify how much of the portion you allocate to that group goes to each one if you so wish). All of the books are DRM free and you can download them in a range of formats.
In this second eBook bundle there are four automatically included books – Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Spin by Robert Charles Wilson and Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. If you pay more than the current average ($9.54 at the time of blogging) you get two additional books – The Last Unicorn (Deluxe Edition) by Peter Beagle and Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton. Three of these books were already on my mental list of books I’d like to read so it seemed like a really good buy for me.
I shall be reading these books over the next few weeks so expect a couple of Recent Reads posts dedicated to the second Humble eBook Bundle.
Edited to add:
Today (10th July) 4 additional books have been added to the Bundle; Machine of Death edited by Matthew Bennardo, Ryan North and David Malki, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black, Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and xkcd volume 1 by Randall Munroe. So that’s a total of 10 books, all DRM free, on a pay what you want basis.