HumbleBundle.com has a long history of offering wonderful independent PC games at a ‘pay what you want’ price. They recently extended their brand into music, and this week took a step into eBooks. For any price you want to pay, even just $.01, you get a bundle of DRM-free ebooks from a number of well known sci-fi & fantasy authors. If you pay more than the average at any given time (currently $12.46) they also throw in books from Neil Gaiman and John Scalzi.
And it’s not crap either – all the titles look interesting to me. I’ve read Pump Six before, and can verify that it’s amazing.
It’s nice to see more A-list authors willing to explore alternate sales models. The Humble eBook Bundle has taken in just under $500,000 as I write this.
And here’s my obligatory side note: none of this helps libraries. While I’ve been unable to find whatever license governs use of these eBook titles, I’d be very surprised if it allows libraries to lend them.