The Summer Smash Game Bundle, curated by Simon Carless: Picture, if you will, a secret bookshelf. Three times a year, behind a special oak panel, it's refreshed with a ton of fascinating books about video games, as if by magic. Those books span gamuts, from fascinating anthologies to wonderful cultural histories, all the way to single-book drill downs on some of the best video games in history. But how - you may ask - would you get access to this wonderful magic bookshelf?

Well, it turns out that if you just log on to the Internet and go to the StoryBundle website, these so-called 'Video Game StoryBundles' run thrice in a calendar year, and the latest one, available at a 'pay what you want' prices and including exclusive tomes on Undertale & ROM hacking, & the first-ever eBook version of the acclaimed Indie By Design interview/profile book, is available... when? When? Right now, good Sir!

You can click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews, a preview and a personal note from our curator!



  • Authors Support awesome indie authors by paying however much you think their work is worth!
  • Bonus_big Pay at least $15 to unlock FIVE more books, including three more StoryBundle exclusives!
    That's four total exclusives!
  • Computers Read all our books on just about any tablet, ereader, laptop or
    even your smartphone.


Critical Hits by Zoe Jellicoe

"It seems a whole new generation of writers and thinkers have grown up and now want to give videogames the same robust treatment normally reserved for literature, film and art theory … It's about time, and seemingly leading the charge over here is editor Zoë Jellicoe."

– The Thin Air

The Offworld Collection by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson

"This is, no lie, the book of games criticism I have been waiting for: poetic, nuanced, thoughtful, insightful, genuinely representative, often moving, and super inspiring. I'd call this a rare gem of a collection, and entirely worth reading for ANY lover of video games, though especially those who see games as an expressive and emotional form."

– Goodreads review

Somebody Set Us Up the ROM, Part One by John Harris

"John Harris takes you on a tour of your favorite classic games as you've never seen them before. There is impressive creativity and talent in these hacks." – Matthew Green

Fallen Down - Heartache & Compassion in Undertale by Joel Couture

"Couture's book perfectly encapsulates what makes this game so special. It's well worth a read for anyone that enjoys this indie classic."

– Elizabeth Henges, RPGSite

Independent by Design by Stace Harman and John Robertson

"There's an uncompromising quality to the book."

– The Sixth Axis

Once Upon a Point & Click by David L. Craddock

"If you want to know more about the history of the franchise and its importance, I strongly recommend reading David Craddock's series. First-class material."

– Gaga Games

Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea

"A stunning look at the thematic story of friendship, loss, self-worth, and redemption"

– Knotty Gamers



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Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get FIVE more books: The Offworld Collection by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, Somebody Set Us Up the ROM, Part One by John Harris, Fallen Down - Heartache & Compassion in Undertale by Joel Couture, Independent by Design by Stace Harman and John Robertson and Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea!

Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!

Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.

Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

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