Humble Ebook Bundle reveals second week bonus books: XKCD, Gaiman/McKean, Holly Black & Machine of Death!

The Humble Ebook Bundle -- a two-week, pay-what-you-like, DRM-free ebook sale -- has just revealed the four bonus books in week two: XKCD Volume 0 by Randall Munrow; Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black and the bestselling Machine of Death anthology. To get these bonus titles, you have to pay more than the present average for the books (if you bought already and paid more than the average at the time, these books are already yours to download, otherwise, you can top up your payment to get them). Remember, you can also buy the bundle as a gift-code to give to a friend!

(Reminder: the Bundle also includes Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn; Wil Wheaton's Just a Geek; Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor; Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and my Little Brother)

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  1. I guess there's no law about borrowing book titles? Signal to Noise is a pretty good SF novel by Eric S. Nylund. Is there nothing stopping me from writing a piece of trash and calling it Moby DIck or Gullivers Travels? We're not even talking about homage as in Corys work. I heard a news piece about a battle over the movie title "The Butler" with the original dating from 1915, Apparently the MPAA now has a "no title stealing" rule for it's members, about the first good thing I've heard about them. Seems after the 2 "Crash" movies, one based on the classic novel, people had enough.

  2. I don't think I implied anything, I just said it had the same title. It really doesn't matter does it? It's just amazing that you can patent some really absurd crap, trademark common phrases, but can't copyright a book title. I'll bet I can't publish a "whatever for Dummies", they'll have surely got that protected by a trademark. Why aren't book titles trademarked?

    Sure S to N is a common technical phrase, but is it necessary to have 2 or more books by that name? I still resent Cameron stealing the title "Avatar", but not as much as I resent the Shyamalan film.

  3. Really? You didn't imply anything? Reallllly? Seriously, why can't people just admit their mistakes? "You're right. I didn't bother to look up the publication dates before making my accusations."

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