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"Nerd History" Storybundle - featuring Irregularity!

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Continuing its popular "pay what you want" ebook bundles, StoryBundle is presenting a special new collection - the Nerd History Bundle, curated by Simon Carless. This specially picked set of 7 seminal computer/nerd history books once again features a multitude of great titles for a fraction of their retail price.

The basic purchase tier ($3 or above) for the Nerd History StoryBundle includes A Microsoft Life by Stephen Toulouse, a wittily entertaining jaunt through a decade and a half at Microsoft, with lots of behind-the-scenes detail and charming anecdotes. Also included is Priming the Pump by David & Theresa Welsh, a rare in-depth look into the history of the TRS-80 and how the authors got personally involved in the blossoming of the 'PC revolution'.

Also available at this tier is 'Irregularity', edited by Jared Shurin - a fascinating set fictional of short stories that weaves delicious stories from the maverick scientists who set the scene for computing, from Isaac Newton to the sainted Ada Lovelace.

The higher-tier rewards - available at the payment tier of $12 or your local equivalent - include Fire in the Valley by Michael Swaine & Paul Freiberger, possibly the seminal history of the PC, and the basis for the '90s 'Jobs vs. Gates' TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. Also included is The Google Way by Bernard Girard, a smartly written 2009 business book that analyzes Google's crown jewels - its search engine and its culture itself.

Also featured in the higher tier is Terrible Nerd from Kevin Savetz, a charming, geeky autobiography that reminisces about the 300 baud modems, type-in programs and nowadays shockingly primitive computing experiences of '80s youth. Finally featured is the 20th anniversary edition of Gates, the 1993 biography of Bill Gates is widely considered the definitive history of the rise of Microsoft and Gates himself - a detailed, readable look at the startling rise to power of the nerds. – Simon Carless

The initial titles in the Nerd History StoryBundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • A Microsoft Life by Stephen Toulouse
  • Irregularity edited by Jared Shurin
  • Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution by David Welsh and Theresa Welsh

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you get all three of the regular titles, plus four more:

  • Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America (20th anniversary edition) by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
  • Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer (3rd edition) by Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger
  • Terrible Nerd by Kevin Savetz
  • The Google Way by Bernard Girard

Finally, both the optional charity and the curator's full cut from this bundle will be - appropriately - going to the Computer History Museum - a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world's leading institution & museum exploring the history of computing, and its ongoing impact on society.

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi and some .pdf) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

For more information, visit the website at storybundle.com or tweet at @storybundle.