Humble Bundle is an amazing resource for gaining access to digital creations while also donated to charity. First released in 2010, Humble Bundles offer a group of digital content, early on mostly video games, for online purchase based on the “pay what you like” model. Generally, the more money you donate, the more content you receive getting bonus games for higher or consistent donations. The donations are split several ways being given to one or more the the following charities: Child’s Play, Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Red Cross, charity:water and others along with the developers and/or creators.
What was really revolutionary about Humble Bundle when it came on the scene was it’s cross platform capabilities the lack of digital rights management (DRM). Bundles have included independent games, Android-based games, and those you can play on Steam.
What is really great is that Humble Bundle has expanded to include a Humble Weekly Bundle, Humble Book Bundle, and Humble Mobile Bundle.
This week, to coincide with Image Expo, the Humble Book Bundle is the Humble Image Comics Bundle!
Titles for any donation include:
- -Image Expo 2015 Preview Book
-Alex + Ada vol. 1
-Deadly Class vol. 1
-C.O.W.L. vol. 1
-Elephantmen 2260 vol. 1
-Minimum Wage vol. 1
-God Hates Astronauts vol. 1
-Satellite Sam vol. 1
For donating more than the $15.18 average (as of the January 11, 2014), you can unlock the following comics:
-The Manhattan Projects vol. 1
-The Wicked + the Divine vol. 1
-The Fuse vol. 1
-Velvet vol. 1
-Sex Criminals vol. 1
-The Walking Dead vol. 22
-The Fade Out #1
And for a donation of $18 or more you can get:
-The Walking Dead Compendium One
-Ease of West: The World
-Saga Book one
You can download these titles as plain PDFs and other, multi-platform files, which is great for reading on your computer, Kindle App, Apple devices, almost anything.
While sites like these would be amazing collection development tools, there are two major problems.
1. Libraries lack the technology to be able to host digital, downloadable content for patrons to access. Let’s face it, many libraries have agreements with Overdrive, a digital platform which only allows for patron and other non-copyrighted materials to be stored on behalf of the library.
2. Humble Bundles terms excludes libraries stating, “You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: (i) copying, distributing, or disclosing any part of the Service in any medium, including without limitation by any automated or non-automated ‘scraping’…” and, “(xii) bypassing the measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Service, including without limitation features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Service or the content therein; or (xiii) except as otherwise specifically set forth in a licensor’s end user license agreement, as otherwise agreed upon by a licensor in writing or as otherwise allowed under applicable law, distributing, transmitting, copying (other than re-installing software or files previously purchased by you through the Service on computers, mobile or tablet devices owned by you, or creating backup copies of such software or files for your own personal use) or otherwise exploiting the Products (defined below) in any manner other than for your own private, non-commercial, personal use.” (Check out their full user agreement here.)
Because of Image Expo and this Humble Bundle, patrons may be looking for Image titles. Make sure you check out Image’s website!