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Sep 30, 2020
Hi all. Just thought I'd pass this along.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials on games.

Current bundles.

Hacking bundle of ebooks. I have this and an older edition of the same with cumulatively about 30 ebooks. I think there's 18 in the current bundle. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to read the THOUSANDS of pages. Sigh. So much to learn. So little time.

Python O'Reilly bundle of ebooks.


May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
I will no longer give Humble any money. They got taken over and they made a bunch of user unfriendly changes, and one thing in particular just irks me... they set it so you can't reduce the percentage they take.

For example, on:
If you chose the $40CA option, here's their default breakdown:

Default Donation
  • CA$22 to Manning Publications
  • CA$2 to Charities
  • CA$16 to Humble
And the MINIMUM you can allocate to Humble is $12 !! That's 30%, MINIMUM!!

There is NO reason why they deserve 30% or more of all the money that should be going to the charity just for managing the web site and transactions. The maximum amount Stripe should be taking is 5% of the transaction and yet they have the minimum set at 30% so that they can pocket 25% themselves. It's just an ugly, ugly look.
On one hand I see what you're saying. On the other, I just got 18 hacking books (albeit only electronic format) probably worth over $ 600 for $ 30. I didn't adjust the donation split. Regardless, I really cannot complain. Whether I have time to read them is another matter. So, regardless of the percentage, they have to consider the actual quantity of money they're taking in on these discount deals.

Who took them over anyway. I thought they were run by Nostarch Press, one of my favorite companies.

Here's some info on the money split.

I may be wrong about the ownership. Their TOS mentions Ziff Davis.

PS found some more info:

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
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