Neil Gaiman, a bestselling author of fantasy novels, graphic novels and children’s books, has partnered with Humble Bundle to release ebook versions of some of his more obscure works, including out-of-print or unpublished essays, speeches, poems, and comic books.
Humble Bundle is a company that releases, among other things, rare books in a DRM-free digital form at a pay-what-you-want price. For higher set prices, buyers can unlock additional books to add to their bundle. Ebook sales will benefit one of a series of charities, and buyers can choose where their money goes. Buyers can also choose to give a portion of their payment to the books’ creator.
Ebooks are ideal for charitable purposes like this. As the Teleread article linked above states, “there’s effectively no marginal cost to duplicating them, so you can make ten thousand as easily as you can make ten.” The ease of recreating books en masse allows a wider audience to experience books that were previously unknown or inaccessible. This bodes well for charities that rely on sales like these and the authors and artists who might receive money from buyers. Readers, particularly those interested in a particular author, will delight in the opportunity to read work that has previously been unavailable.
Everyone wins, except possibly rare book collectors. (Will their collections still have the same value if everyone can get an out-of-print book? I suppose we’ll get an answer if we wait a few years.)
The Gaiman Humble Bundle has, as this post’s upload, sold over 9900 times and raised more than $192,000. This particular Humble Bundle will be available until September 23.
Source article: http://teleread.com/chris-meadows/neil-gaiman-releases-humble-book-bundle-of-hard-to-find-works/