The Humble eBook Bundle
Humble Bundle, a San Francisco based startup that allows buyers to set the purchase price for “bundles” of DRM free video games, albums and ebooks, has a new bundle for the offering.
The Humble eBook Bundle contains ebooks by Cory Doctorow, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Mercedes Lackey and Kelly Link. If you pay more than the current average price, you get two more books, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi and Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Format is your choice of DRM free PDF, MOBI, and ePub formats.
We’ve seen this set-your-price model before, most famously with Radiohead’s download release of In Rainbows. What’s nice about Humble Bundles though is that not only do you get to name your price, you also get to set how the money is distributed between the creators (in aggregate), charity and to Humble Bundle itself.
Past charities have included Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity: water and the American Red Cross. The company claims they have sold over $19.2 million worth of Bundles since 2010 with $6.4 million of that going to charities.
Currently, the eBook bundle has over 31,000 sales, total payments of close to $380,000 and an average purchase price of $12.19.
Linux users, on average, are paying the most.
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