The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be.
It’s going to be Humble’s first e-books and audiobooks bundle. It’s not entirely clear from the PW article which books will have audiobooks and which will just be e-books, but it’s going to include some great titles: the audiobook of Homeland by Cory Doctorow, financed by Doctorow himself and read by Wil Wheaton, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Jumper by Steven Gould (worth getting the bundle for all by itself, in my opinion), The Happiest Days of our Lives by Wil Wheaton, and more.
Doctorow financed the audiobook himself after Random House and Audible refused to make an audiobook version available without DRM. He also helped organize this bundle, including providing introductions to the publishers.
We mentioned a short while back that Humble was planning to do more with e-books and audiobooks. It’s nice to see it coming to fruition. I can hardly wait for 2:00 to find out exactly what other goodies are included.
Update: All right, it’s definite that the Cory Doctorow audiobook is the only audiobook in the bundle, and it requires a payment of at least $15 to unlock. (Seems reasonable, given Doctorow had to finance it himself.) The charities supported under this bundle are World Reader and the SFWA. Be sure to customize your sliders accordingly!