Earlier this year, Kevin J. Anderson mentioned on Facebook that one of his older novels, Hopscotch, was included in an inexpensive ebook bundle. Curiosity piqued, I visited StoryBundle.com to see what was what, and was impressed by the deal. Seven Sci-Fi ebooks from award-winning authors were available in a “pay what you want” model (minimum $3). I bought the bundle.
A new bundle has just been put together, and while I don’t recognize the authors this time, you might. This is the “Young Adult Bundle”:
- Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp
- Scourge by David H. Burton
- Powerless – Omnibus Edition by Jason Letts
- The Blemished by Sarah Dalton
- Closed Hearts by Susan Quinn
- Feyland: The Bright Court by Anthea Sharp
- The Vanished by Sarah Dalton
Though YA isn’t usually my thing, the descriptions are intriguing and I just bought the bundle; the offer expires on September 17th, 2013, to be replaced with another bundle a while later.
Two other things to mention: first, there’s no DRM on the ebooks. Second, the amount you pay is split in interesting ways. Awesomely, 10% of what you pay may be forwarded to a charity. The two charities for this bundle are Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now. You may also choose not to donate and instead send the full amount of what you pay to StoryBundle. Once StoryBundle has the payment, they will split that money with the authors of the ebooks at a rate you determine. If you want 90% to go to the authors and 10% to go to StoryBundle, you can do that. If you want to authors to receive 46% while StoryBundle gets 54%, that’s doable. You could even specify 100% to either party. Your call.
For a taste of what StoryBundle does, sign up for their newsletter. You’ll receive an ebook for free: Open Minds by Susan Quinn (which is the first book in her series; the second book is in the bundle). You can always cancel the newsletter if you’re not into it later.
- Buyers who pay at least $10 will receive the two bonus books. ↩