Book Links 10/9/12

In my continuing quest to make Chris Ware more money, I am once again linking to something Ware related that will help hawk his new book, Building Stories. This is an interview he’s done at Phawker that talks quite a bit about his new work. I am unashamedly marked out for it. I love the collection of different materials, the variety of forms, etc. I love thinginess and this is thinginess in spades.

Some of you might be aware of the The Humble Indie Bundle. It’s typically been a sale that has grouped together five or six video games from independent publishers and put them on sale for whatever you’re willing to pay. And not only do you get to set the price, you get to decide how much of your money goes to everyone involved. How much do the game makers get? How much does Humble get? And how much does charity get? Didn’t I mention that part of the reason they do this is for charity? Well, it is. And I am definitely trying to just guilt you into throwing your money at them.  Especially their current bundle. Ebooks.  Yes, right now they are having (as far as I know) the first ever Humble Bundle Ebook Sale!  They have an awesome collection of:

Cory Doctorow: Pirate Summer
Kelly Link: Stranger Things Happen
Kelly Link: Magic For Beginners
Paulo Bacigalupi: Pump Six
Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
Mercedes Lackey: Invasion

and if you donate more than the average, you get:

Neil Gaiman: Signal to Noise
John Scalzi: Old Man’s War

and a chunk of your money goes to charity (if you want it to)(and who wouldn’t want it to?). I’m also enthusiastic about this because it’s different. And maybe publishers will look at this and realize that, hey, maybe there is more than one way to skin a cat. And sell a book. can every book be sold in a bundle like this, likely averaging out to far less than they’d be sold separately? Of course not. But maybe there is something there that can be taken and used in the future to push ebooks on terms that are positive for the industry.

Okay, just two links today, but I make up for it by rambling on about both.

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