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Publishers should offer e-book bundles for lengthy series
December 25, 2014 | 4:00 pm

ferdelanceMerry Christmas, everyone! If you celebrate it, I hope you’re enjoying it; if you don’t, I hope you’re at least enjoying the day off you probably got on account of someone else’s religion. This year, I gave a number of books to people, including a Nero Wolfe novel to my father. And it got me to thinking about how great it would be to read those books again. A number of years ago, I obtained all 47 of them via means less than completely licit (I was a poor college student in those days), and read through them...

Morning Roundup: Comixology to offer DRM-free comics. Gallery of Horrors Bundle
July 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

ComiXologyThe Gallery of Horrors Bundle (StoryBundle) We have a fantastic lineup of authors in this pay-what-you-want collection, chosen to represent so many aspects of the horror landscape. *** Comixology to Offer DRM-Free Backup Copies (PW) Comixology, the digital comics marketplace, announced plans to become the latest platform to offer DRM-free content. *** Why Does the Author's Guild Refuse to Even Acknowledge Views of Authors Who Disagree with It? (Techdirt) When an organization tries to conceal what its critics are saying, it's fair to surmise that something else is driving its behavior. And I don't know what that thing could be other than fear of contrary opinions...

Bundle of Holding offers Spirit of the Century pulp RPG at a great bargain
April 30, 2014 | 4:08 am

I’ve mentioned the pay-what-you-want independent-published role-playing game bundle the Bundle of Holding before, but this time they’ve got a really good one up for grabs. There’s just over five days remaining to grab the Spirit of the Century bundle, which is a collection of books related to the pulp role-playing game Spirit of the Century. Spirit of the Century is based on the FATE game system, a modification of the free-form FUDGE. It’s one of the best-reviewed pulp games to come out in recent years, with the flexibility to model just about any character from the pulp genre. It’s...

Pay what you want for two science-urban-fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin
April 3, 2014 | 11:22 am

Reboots-FrontCovHere’s a mini-pay-what-you-want e-book bundle for this month: a pair of whimsical science-urban-fantasy novels from Mercedes Lackey and one of her Secret World Chronicle co-authors, Cody Martin. (I used to play City of Heroes with both of them.) The way it’s set up is, you can get the first book for free, or you can order both of them for a minimum of $1.99, suggested price of $3.99. I’ve read the first book; it’s highly amusing. The premise is pretty clever. It’s set in a science-fiction universe in which various supernatural critters—werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.—have become useful in outer...

Verso announces ebook bundling direct sales model
March 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Verso Books, "the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world," has announced a new direct sales model from its website "in a way that will shake up how publishers relate to their readership, and help to support independent publishing. For all new titles and hundreds of recent ones, Verso will bundle the corresponding ebook with every print copy purchased, and offer free postage to anywhere in the world." Verso lists off its partners in the new platform, including "developers Fastest Crayon, payment provider Braintree, social DRM publisher Booxtream, and Verso¹s distributors ­ Random House in the US and Marston in the...

Behold, the $20 Android tablet
March 14, 2014 | 5:12 pm

tabletbundleWell, sort of. There are at least a couple of catches. Through March 31, TigerDirect is offering a 4 GB 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet bundled with an anti-virus software suite, Total Defense Premium Internet Security. The bundle costs $79.97, but includes a $60 rebate, effectively lowering the price to $20. Of course, to obtain the rebate, you must first activate the antivirus software, which involves giving the antivirus software company your credit card. Your first year of anti-virus service is free and you may cancel at any time, but you have to activate it before you get that...

Fiction Bundle joins the DRM-free pay-what-you-want e-book bundle crowd
November 30, 2013 | 9:54 am

Fullscreen capture 11302013 94959 AM.bmpThe Humble Indie Bundle has done a lot to put independent and even some big studio software titles on many people’s virtual gaming shelves, but I haven’t seen all that many game bundle sites spring up in imitation of it. I can recall maybe one or two, but not more than that. But once the idea jumped over to e-books, it seems as though you hear about a new e-book bundle every other month. Humble has done it not just once (raising a respectable $1.2 million!) but twice, Storybundle has done it a few times, and Snug Nugget, Tomely,...

BookBale offers eight big-name SF titles in pay-what-you-want book bundle
November 3, 2013 | 9:25 pm

9-CitizenIt seems that the pay-what-you-want book bundle has been getting more popular lately. They’re popping up all over the place. Here’s one called “BookBale” that features a number of major-name authors and books. The pay-what-you-want has a minimum price of at least $2.99, and includes six books: The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom Climbing Olympus by Kevin J. Anderson Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer Future Perfect by Nancy Kress The Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey & Andre Norton If you pay at least $10, you also get: The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein The...

Bundle of Holding applies pay-what-you-want principle to Feng Shui role-playing game PDFs
October 2, 2013 | 2:54 am

FengShuiBubblesContent bundles aren’t just for computer games and books. With the Bundle of Holding, pencil and paper role-playing games are getting in on it, too. I found out about this late—there’s only about a day left in this particular offer—but it’s an intriguing chance to score DRM-free PDF copies of a great RPG for a very low price. The RPG in question is the Feng Shui role-playing game, a simple, cinematic game based on Hong Kong action, SF, and horror movies. It was fairly popular ten years or so ago, and is in the process of being revised for...

StoryBundle announces Young Adult Bundle
August 28, 2013 | 3:03 am

Feyland_-_The_Dark_Realm_Cover_FinalStoryBundle isn’t slowing down. It’s just announced a Young Adult bundle featuring five DRM-free multiple-format works from independent YA authors, plus two sequels to two of the five if you kick in at least $10. While I haven’t personally heard of any of the writers or stories involved, that might very well be part of the point—to get exposure for these writers. Most of the books seem to be part of series (one of them is an omnibus edition of the first three books of a five-part series), which means that if readers get hooked there could be more sales...

Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site
January 24, 2013 | 8:13 pm

A month and a half since Baen made the jump to Amazon availability, the publisher is about to add another feather to its cap. On her forum on the Baen Bar, publisher Toni Weisskopf has mentioned that Baen e-books will soon be available DRM-free in Apple’s iBooks store. A formal announcement will be made when the exact timeframe has been nailed down. As with the current Amazon deal, EARCs and monthly discount bundles will continue to be exclusive to Baen. The time since the program happened has seen some minor controversy erupt on the Baen Bar. After December 15th,...

Baen/Amazon deal takes effect December 15
December 12, 2012 | 11:31 pm

Since I originally posted about Baen’s deal with Amazon, a couple more details of about the deal have come to light. First of all, the deadline for buying any of the old Baen bundles is Saturday, December 15th. That’s when the deal with Amazon goes live, and the old $10, $15, and $18 monthly bundles vanish, replaced by the higher-priced single books only. If there are any old bundles you might want, better look at and snap them up now. They’ll soon be gone. Second, there has been some discussion over what is to happen with the monthly serialized...

The Humble Bundle finally does e-books
October 10, 2012 | 12:15 pm

You may have noticed I haven’t posted anything at The Digital Reader lately. It was a fun run, but sometimes things just don’t work out. Fortunately, Dan Eldridge was kind enough to extend an offer to me to write here again, and I’m happy to be back where I was for six years before leaving. Here’s to at least another six!                 And it’s almost as if current events were welcoming me back, because what should happen on the day of my return but one of the things I’ve been either calling for or predicting (depending on how much prescience you’re willing...

Diane Duane offers e-book format bundles, Young Wizards series bundle in her e-book store
August 11, 2011 | 9:15 pm

YW_Complete_Set_mediumA couple more e-book-related news items from Diane Duane’s blog that hit in recent days: First, Duane is now able to make available multi-format bundles, including both EPUB and Kindle/MOBI, for all the DRM-free e-books in her store. (And .LIT will be added to these bundles as well, over the next month.) To celebrate, she’s running a week-long 20%-off sale using the coupon code BUNDLE. (When you place the order, you will enter the code on the very last screen after you verify your PayPal information.) Second, Duane has added a package deal where all nine volumes of...

Angry Robot rolls out all-you-can-read annual ebook subscription
July 4, 2011 | 11:15 am

Sci-fi/fantasy publisher Angry Robot Books has announced a new annual subscription model for its ebook store. For £69, you get every new release for the next twelve months, which AR promises will consist of at minimum 24 titles. For books that are part of a series, subscribers will be able to purchase the earlier titles at a 30% discount (although the discount is only good for one use, apparently). Although the editions are in EPUB format, they're DRM-free so you can convert them via Calibre if you happen to need another format. Via The Bookseller...

E-textbook industry offers ideas for traditional publisher e-books
April 5, 2011 | 10:48 pm

On Publishing Perspectives, John Konczal of IBM’s Sterling Commerce takes a look at some of the ways e-textbook providers are experimenting with diversifying or enhancing their e-book offerings, and suggests some of these methods could be applied to traditional publishing. One such thing is renting e-books for set periods of time at lower prices—a student might have access to the textbook during his semester, then have that access revoked afterward. He wouldn’t be able to resell the book after classes end, but wouldn’t have to pay full price at the beginning of it either. Another is...

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