Humble Comedy Bundle lets you pay what you want for laughs, big spenders get Louis CK

The Humble business model can apply to anything. Now, you can pay what you want for stand-up comedy in addition to ebooks, music and video games. For the next two weeks, you can get comedy specials from Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress and Jim Norton for as little or as much as you care to spend. If you exceed the average donation though (currently $8.60), you'll take home Louis C.K.'s killer Live at the Beacon Theater set and three releases from his very good friend, the late Patrice O'Neal. As is the case with other Humble Bundles, anything you download is DRM-free and your donation supports great causes -- all for less than a comedy club's typical two-drink minimum. Filed under: Internet, HD Comments Via: Humble Mumble Source: Humble Bundle Continue reading at 'Engadget'

[ Engadget | 2013-08-29 00:00:00 UTC ]
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In splitting News Corp. into two companies, Rupert Murdoch is creating something he hasn't had in years: an Australian media company. By some measures, the publishing company to emerge from the division of News Corp. sometime next year will have ... Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

[ Editor & Publisher | 2012-10-17 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Amazon debuts Whispercast service, lets organizations manage Kindles and Kindle content

Individual Kindle users already have Whispernet, and Amazon has now announced another free service designed to make Kindles easier to manage for large organizations. Dubbed Whispercast, the service will let schools, businesses and other groups both distribute and manage the Kindles themselves... Continue reading at Engadget

[ Engadget | 2012-10-17 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Amazon.com tells customers: settlements a "big win"

Amazon.com has begun telling customers that they may be eligible to receive a refund on ebooks... Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2012-10-15 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Hobbit fans pay homage at book fair

Hairy hobbit feet and elfin cloaks took over the Frankfurt Book Fair this weekend as JRR Tolkien fans dressed to impress Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor. Continue reading at Stuff

[ Stuff | 2012-10-14 00:00:00 UTC ]
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The Irrational Allure of the Next Big Thing

Earlier this week, Random House shelled out more than $3.5 million for Lena Dunham’s first book, Not That Kind of Girl. She has an amazing résumé for anyone, let alone a 26-year-old, having directed two feature films and scored four Emmy nominations for her TV show, HBO’s Girls. But what makes... Continue reading at Slate

[ Slate | 2012-10-12 00:00:00 UTC ]
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‘Casual Vacancy’ and the State of Big (Print) Debuts

After months of hype, the first adult novel from J.K. Rowling debuted with the third biggest print opening of 2012. At outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan, The Casual Vacancy sold 156,679 copies in its first week—enough to place it behind only No Easy Day by Mark Owen (254,046 copies) and Fifty... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2012-10-05 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Barnes & Noble will release its self-publishing platform PubIt in the UK following the launch... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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'Big X' marks the spot for Hodder

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Publishers want a slice of Google ad revenue. France's major online newspaper publishers have called for a new legislation which will ensure internet search engines including Google have to pay them for using their published content. Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

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Star Tribune's eBook Experiment Pays Off

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[ Editor & Publisher | 2012-08-31 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster say they will pay consumers to settle claims they conspired to fix ebook prices. Continue reading at The Christian Science Monitor

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[ Publishers Weekly | 2012-08-17 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Court lets Google appeal ebooks class status

Google has won the right to appeal the granting of class status to thousands of authors suing the search engine company over its ambitious plan to create the world's largest digital books library. Continue reading at Stuff

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[ The Bookseller | 2012-08-10 00:00:00 UTC ]
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E-book/print bundling 'trebles sales' for Angry Robot

Angry Robot’s ebook initiative, which sees independent bookshop customers receive a... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Led by big dollar gains at Amazon and Walt Disney Co., the Publishers Weekly Stock Index rose 16.7% in the first six months of 2012, almost triple the increase posted by the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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