StoryBundle: Your E-reader’s New Best Friend

StoryBundle: Your E-reader's New Best FriendIf you have fallen in love with your e-reader but not the price of the books, StoryBundle may well become your new best friend. In fact, as far as deals go, StoryBundle ranks high on my list. I have found that it has a simple-to-understand installation process, is user-friendly, and has a price point that will make even the most frugal among us happy. In addition, StoryBundle is also offering a unique purchase plan that will please your wallet or pocketbook while building up your e-reader library.

What is StoryBundle Offering That Other Sellers Aren’t?

What makes StoryBundle different is that the books within the bundle can be purchased during a specific time period for an amount that you decide to pay. What happens is StoryBundle takes a group of five or more books and provides these books for sale through your e-reader. The books that are being offered are only on sale until a specific date and you must make your purchase prior to that deadline. In addition, during this time, the price is negotiable with you determining what you believe each book to be worth. As an example, if you determine that the five books in the bundle are only worth $2 per book, then this is what you pay. This means that you can buy five books for $10 and the company will then include an additional two bonus books for free.

Who Are the Writers?

In general, these writers are newbies to the marketplace or they are independent (aka indie) writers who are not well-known. Don’t expect to find any books that are being featured on the New York Times bestseller list. In other words, the main purpose of StoryBundle is to expose unknown authors to the public by showcasing their writing and storytelling abilities.

However, just because these authors haven’t yet been discovered, their books are chosen by the quality of their work. The editors at StoryBundle only choose the books that they believe most people would enjoy reading. This means that the odds of you getting a book that is inappropriate or of insubstantial context is reduced, because the authors and stories are prescreened and have been read by those who are running the StoryBundle website.

What Devices Support StoryBundle?

All of the books that are being offered by StoryBundle can be viewed on any tablet, e-book reader, or smartphone. They are even compatible with the Amazon Kindle, an Apple iPad, an Android tablet, or any other e-reader you might purchase. The developers have done such a thorough job of setting up their offerings that their formatting supports both .mobi and .epub, meaning that the books merely need to be synchronized with your device for your viewing pleasure.

How Do You Pay for the Books?

There are an variety of payment options, which include:

  • PayPal
  • Google Checkout
  • Amazon Payments

The one good thing about using any of these payment methods is that, if for some reason you are dissatisfied, each has their own conflict-resolution service. However, if for some reason you are not satisfied with StoryBundle’s service, I would start at its website, which has a procedure in place for you to request a refund.

This means, as you can probably tell, that I personally believe that StoryBundle is worth trying. I think that its cost is extremely reasonable and its process for a customer getting a refund if unhappy is pretty straightforward. In fact, I will be ordering the current bundle, named Big Bang Bundle, and will be writing a review on what I like or dislike about the service.

Comments welcome.

Source: StoryBundle

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  • Hayden Reinhart

    My grandmother loves this app, even though she doesn’t really know how to navigate through it proficiently just yet.

  • Jonathan Hirt

    That’s kind of interesting, but I just discovered that my library offers ebooks in a variety of formats including the Kindle format. You simply enter your email address to place a hold for any given book and when it’s available they send you an e-mail so you can borrow the book. Pretty neat :)

  • sdeforest

    I have boycotted purchasing ebooks or going through the hoops needed to “borrow” them from our library. A great many books are available for free–legally! Some are classics and some are indie. However, this might be worth a look.

  • Anthony Guidetti

    If I read more, this would be the service I would use. I love how I can set the price.

  • Noah King

    The store that my kindle came with will suite me for now.

  • Andrew Epperson

    I prefer audiobooks as I take in the information better

  • Griff

    I wish more areas of entertainment would limit to the idea of using a “pay what you” want model. There’ve been plenty of times when I look at something in the store, balked at the price, put it back and left. I know it’s not a realistic thought, since most people would pay the minimum they could just because they can. Being able to set my own prices on the content I want to see would be a nice change of pace. It would easily get me to consume more content.

  • Andy Lee

    wow, I love this idea! as an indie writer and filmmaker i’d love to see this business model not only for books but how about indie films too? there’s a thought… 8/24/2012

  • Ryan White

    Great article. I am going to get setup for my Android tablets, if not for the content, just to support a winning paradigm. I believe the main problem with ebooks (and main source of piracy) is the pricing models currently being used.

    I understand that there is still a certain cost to create and distribute ebooks but their utility doesn’t reflect that of a printed book. Because I can’t technically “sell” my “used” ebook they are less of a commodity and more a license to legally retain a copy. The fact that they as a company are willing to take customer feedback and mirror that in their pricing is fantastic. I will be keeping my eye on this and supporting it when I see some stuff I like.

  • techguru

    If you already own an iPhone or any type of smart phone why not turn that into an reader since there are apps out there and they are free that will help you do this. One of the apps is Nook Reader app. and the only that you will have to pay for is the books that you want to put on it.

  • Jentylee

    I love this idea, Ron, and will check it out. Instead of relying on paid reviewers (or even volunteer reviews) vewpoints, Storybundle takes an invested group of people (those running the thing) to curate the stories that go up and makes sure the user experience is good; handling it if not. Wow. Innovation in an exponential way. Instead of the two year process for publishers, we apparently now have curators and the indie authors don’t have to wait two years to see their book on the shelf. I am checking it out (so to speak 😉 Thanks.

  • Mike Dilemma Fix

    I do not own an e-ready.. but sounds really nice

  • Brad Tomlinson

    This is an intriguing idea. I have a Nook Simple Touch e-reader, but this article did not say anything directly about being able to use this service on my e-reader. The article did say the service could be used on any e-reader. I will have have to look into it further, and I am looking forward to the follow-up article on this author’s experience on using this service.

  • Joe newman

    i pay for ebooks but i dont read them because i get confused i prefer to read the real book such as the steve jobs book

  • moahammed alkhatri

    i like the e-reader and i think they should use it in school

  • Daniel Mraz

    Well, I don’t have a tablet but certainly a good read for those who have them. I might get the nexus7 though… not sure. I’ll probably wait for the surface to come out and then either buy the nexus or the Win8 Tab. The important part of the decision is what fits me, but I don’t have alot of money right now so we will have to wait and see!

  • Andrew Freeman

    I’d gladly use this if the books were well-known. I’ve had negative experiences with “indie” writers’ material in the past.

  • Coolfreak87

    Who even uses ereaders anymore? Most people use tablets and hardcore book fans read Actual hard copies

  • Uthman Baksh

    I still prefer to read paper books. I don’t have a tablet yet otherwise, I would stock up on eBooks. The planet must really hate me now!

  • Daniel Muriuki

    This would actually be a great idea i mean i kind of hate the fact of purchasing 1 book at a time for 10-20 dollars :/ i fully support this haha it seem like an awesome idea :)

  • Allen Barnett

    Sounds like a good program. It is cost effective for the consumer besides the Author getting their books read. Otherwise if the books are too steep most people will not bother to purchase from an unknown.

  • Tim

    Love the idea, but it looks like it’s all genre ficiton. The first bundle is all sci-fi, and Jason Chen was quoted as saying he plans a zombie bundle and other genres to come. What I would like is a literary bundle. Is there a company that does something like this but for readers of literary fiction?