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eBooks for Charity

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05 Jul 2013, 10:10 PM
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The Humble Bundle is a charity web site that sells bundles of top-notch PC, Mac, Linux and Android games for whatever you want to pay. If you pay above the average price paid by all customers then you unlock an additional title or two. When you buy the bundle you pick the amount you want to pay, and are presented with three sliders that allow you to select how your payment is divided up between:
  • a group of charities
  • the writers
  • a contribution to the running costs of the Humble Bundle
There have been over twenty Humble Bundles and they have raised over $33 million - the biggest individual contribution to date was over $16,000.

Every so often there's a Humble eBook Bundle, consisting of half a dozen or so Science Fiction books from top authors. Like the games, the books are DRM free.

The first eBook Bundle was superb; it was worth buying just for the inclusion of Zoo City

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by Lauren Beukes

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and Pirate Cinema

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by Cory Doctorow

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The second eBook Bundle is on sale at the moment and has already raised over a quarter of a million dollars (who says DRM-free books don't make money?) It includes Little Brother

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by Cory Doctorow

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which is an excellent update of 1984

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aimed at the Young Adult audience. I really enjoyed it and passed it onto my son who it inspired to read George Orwell's original and to start learning how to hacking away at the Linux command line.

There are five books in the current bundle, plus a bonus book if you pay over $10 (at the time of this post). All the books can be downloaded as DRM-free epubs for Nook and Kobo, PDF and in .mobi format for Kindles.
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11 Jul 2013, 11:39 PM
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Update:

Four additional bonus books have been added to Humble Bundle 2 - pay more than the average (currently $10.29) and you get the four books in the bundle plus six bonus books. Anyone who has already bought the bundle at over the average price at the time of purchase automatically gets their library updated with the additional books!

The new bonus books include Signal to Noise

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by Neil Gaiman

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(Web, PDF and ePUB only - no Kindle version), XKCD Volume 0 (PDF only - but if you are a geek you will love this) and two compilations of short stories.

... and remember it's supporting a children's charity, Internet freedom and the authors!
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