Sometime in the past year, I was introduced to Humble Bundle -- a great source for novel and inexpensive games for PC, Mac, Linux and Android systems. So inexpensive, in fact, that the offer is pretty much "pay what you want" though you get extra games if you pay a certain amount or pay more than the average buyer. And the other great news? Humble Bundle has (as of my writing this) already contributed $1,932,410 contributed to charity. So, not only do you get a selection (i.e., a "bundle") of games for prices as low as $5 or $10, but 10% of the money goes to charity while 75% to the game creator and the rest is a "tip" -- at least that's how it generally works. And the games I've played are challenging, interesting, and very well put together.
So, where does no starch press come in? Well, with this arrangement, you can get a series of ebooks primarily directed toward kids and beginner programmers -- some that I've reviewed on this very site. Pay any amount of money and you can get these:
- Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids
- Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things
- The Manga Guide to Electricity
- Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids
- The LEGO Adventure Book, Volume 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
Pay more than the average person (no, you don't have to guess) and you'll also get:
- LEGO Space: Building the Future
- The Manga Guide to Physics
- Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
- Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More!
- Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress
For $15 or more, you'll also get:
- Steampunk LEGO
- The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own Town!
You can check out the deal at https://www.humblebundle.com/books
This particular bundle will help support the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Freedom of the Press Foundation -- two organizations that are very dear to my heart.
This is an amazing deal for the ebooks, but you should take a look at the games while you're checking out the Humble Bundle site. I'm not going to admit to how many hours I've spent playing Botanicula, but it's a nice "figure it out" adventure, very low key (no explosions or enemy killing), and the graphics are superb.