A review code was provided by Fanatical for the purpose of this article.
Fanatical has been bringing us awesome video game bundles for years now but (perhaps due to my attachment to print) their eBooks have always passed me by.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from the fine folks at Fanatical recently, offering a copy of their self-styled ‘Cool Stuff! Gaming & Entertainment Bundle‘.
For those unfamiliar with bundle-based offerings, they’re typically broken down into price-gated tiers. Each tier unlocks additional content and, theoretically offers greater value for money.
And so, on the face of it, this is a 20-book bundle for a knock-down £13.80 / $14. But is it worth your time, let alone your money?
Who is this eBook bundle for?
This bundle from Fanatical is a veritable trove of nerd culture goodness – and I’m totally here for it.
From film & TV to both tabletop and videogaming, if you’re a fan of popular media then you’ll find something to love.
So, what's included?
Fanatical’s latest eBook bundle comes from independent Florida-based publisher, Mango Publishing.
Mango publishes a curiously wide variety of genres for an independent, and this bundle is reflective of that diverse mix.
Tier 1 (£1)
Tier 1 of the Cool Stuff! Gaming & Entertainment Bundle begins at only £1, and includes titles on gaming, superheroes, and (the rather esoteric) cryptozoology.
Tier 2 (£7.90)
Tier 2 includes titles based on Dungeons & Dragons, Sherlock Holmes-inspired short stories, and the cultural impact of anime.
Also included is a retelling of Greek Myths, a book on pirates in media, and (if you’re so inclined) more cryptozoology.
This also includes all the contents of Tier 1.
Tier 3 (£13.80)
Tier 3 rounds out the full bundle with a bounty of film & TV-related eBooks.
Topics include fan-favourites such as Back to the Future, James Bond, The Simpsons, and Marvel/DC superheroes. You also receive a bucket list of must-watch movies, two titles of memorable movie quotes, and a guide to indie film-making.
Finally, Tier 3 includes a text examining Sci-Fi’s influences on technology, as well as a collection of essays on women depicted in film.
This also includes all the contents of Tiers 1 and 2.
Is this bundle worth it?
In short, yes.
Of course, like with most digital bundles, you’ll always encounter a few ‘coffee table books’ – largely forgettable titles, thin on content.
However, the Cool Stuff! bundle is well curated, with some fun, memorable pieces of writing. Plus it’s DRM- free. Simply download in PDF/ePub and use across all devices.
Here are a few personal highlights.