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Filling Your E-Reader with StoryBundle

When last we left Jason Chen, the intrepid former Gizmodo reporter and Friend of Nerdist was leaving Lifehacker and launching a new e-book venture on his own, StoryBundle. It’s in full effect now, and it’s a pretty interesting concept: He’s offering bundles of five DRM-free indie e-books, and you can set your own price (the minimum is a buck), set the split between authors, and decide if you want to give to charity. Yes, it’s like the game bundles you’ve seen and bought, but with e-books. The authors get the exposure, and you get to pay what you want and fill up your e-readers and tablets with interesting new books. (Not an ad, by the way, and we’re not involved with it; it’s just something we thought you might like)

So, Jason has a new bundle on offer in which you might be interested. The current bundle falls under the crime/thriller category, and it includes five books, “Black Bird” by Greg Enslen, “Blood Red Turns Dollar Green” by Paul O’Brien (endorsed by no less than Mick Foley — Mankind!), “Diary of a Small Fish” by Pete Morin, “The Marinara Murders” by Erik Hanberg, and “Dire Means” by Geoffrey Neil. But if you pay at least seven bucks, you get two more bonus books, “Project Moses,” the debut novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Lowe and another Hanberg novel, “The Saints Go Dying,” a prequel to “The Marinara Murders.”

Bottom line: You get plenty of good reading for a bargain price and even get to name that price and how it’s allocated among the authors (and charity, if you want). And, if you use a Kindle or the Kindle app on another device, the books can be sent directly to your device, no computer necessary. Each bundle is available for a limited time, so move fast — you have 19 days after today to get in on this bundle. Click here to buy the bundle and/or to read synopses and excerpts from the books, and support indie authors in the process. Sounds win-win, doesn’t it?


  1. Jill says:

    LOVE this idea! It seems like a good way to read things you may not know about otherwise. As if I needed another reason to buy books…

  2. Anthony says:

    I like the idea as a book reader, and its a good gesture for charities and society. However (yeah I’m that guy), from a business perspective, it may not be sustainable in its current form. I think if they expanded their site to include book discussions (chapter by chapter reader comments maybe?), then they can multiply their charitable value by inviting advertisers and sponsers to put small logos or tasteful adverts to their discussion URIs.

  3. NeuroMan42 says:

    Great freaking idea, just like the Indie Bundle for PC games.