A good thing for readers, no doubt. And for writers? For new ones, yes. Another interesting way to get your work out there and have your eBooks discovered. What are we talking about? Here’s what the site itself has to say:
StoryBundle is a way for people who love to read to discover quality indie books written by indie authors. You know how it’s always hard to find something good to read? StoryBundle hopes to solve that.
We take a handful of books—usually about five or so—and group them together to offer as a bundle. Then you, the reader, can take a look at the titles we’ve chosen and decide how much you’d like to pay. Think of us like a friend that scours independent books for undiscovered gems, then bundles these titles together for one low price that you decide. Yeah, we mean it; you get to set the price that you want to pay!
…There are a fixed set of books that we offer in a bundle, and each bundle is available only for a limited time. If you miss out on the bundle, you’ll have to buy the books individually from each author. We only have one bundle on sale at a time, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Again, one of the central concepts is that you get to decide how much each bundle is worth to you. Think each individual book in a bundle of five books is worth $2? That’s fine! Pay $10 and get five books! Only think they’re worth $1 because you’re not sure if you like a certain genre? That’s fine too. If you want to reward these authors and encourage more independent writers by giving a bit more, that’s fantastic as well. One reason we started StoryBundle is because indie authors need our support, and we want to do our part in showcasing awesome writers.
This all sounds pretty cool, although if we signed up as buyers we’d probably choose to pay only pennies, if anything, because that’s how we roll we’re starving writers ourselves. Although if we stuck around we’d probably cough up a few more shekels because of, you know, that little thing our mothers gave us, i.e., “guilt.”
Which brings us to the most important bit for writers:
I’ve written a book! Can you feature my book in a future bundle?
We’re always in search of awesome indie books, so we’re interested in checking out your work. If you’re an author, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we’d finished our book we’d definitely include StoryBundle among the places we annoyed with submissions. Since we haven’t, we’re hoping that one of you reading this will do it instead…and keep us posted on how it turns out.