The Boss Fight Books Bundle, curated by Gabe Durham: As summer approaches, it's so important to keep your brain from melting in the heat or atrophying in the Netflix binges. That means its time to queue up your phones & tablets & laptops with some ice cold ebooks. Well, folks, we've got you covered with ebooks that are both fun and learny. Learny? Learny.

At Boss Fight Books, we offer short critical, historical, and personal nonfiction books about individual video games.

We're not here to deliver the vast sweeping industry histories readers have already read, but to tell many smaller stories about the people who make games and the people who play them, about how we received games as kids and how they hold up as adults, about what happens when we take the critical tools that have for so long been applied to books, music, and film, and to apply those tools to a younger, hungrier art form.

As an added bonus, when you buy our StoryBundle, you'll receive an exclusive discount code to get 10% off anything from while the StoryBundle is running.

Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!



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Boss Fight Books: Soft & Cuddly by Jarett Kobek

"A fascinating read about Soft & Cuddly and Go to Hell. The tone is provocative at times (that's a compliment). [...] If you're looking for a book on video nasties, Hungerford, punk, Thatcher and 2 Speccy games you've probably never played then this is probably the book for you."

– Crash

Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 3 by Alyse Knorr

"Excellent analysis about one of the most popular games ever. I thought I knew everything there is to know about Mario 3, but I was wrong. This book is filled with thoughts and commentary from insiders who were involved with making the game. A fun, interesting read for anyone interested in Mario history, or just video game history in general."

– Chris Neumann (Goodreads)

Boss Fight Books: Mega Man 3 by Salvatore Pane

"Such a thoughtful — and poetic — book on Mega Man 3."

– Andrew Schartmann, author of Koji Kondo's Super Mario Bros.

Boss Fight Books: Final Fantasy V by Chris Kohler

"Superb. Worth reading for any JRPG fan."

– Jason Schreier, author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid by Ashly & Anthony Burch

"Metal Gear Solid is a great critical book about a game that the authors clearly love, and the switching of voices between Ashly and Anthony Burch provides a nice point and counterpoint that allows the text to disagree with itself fairly often. What emerges is some firm yet friendly back and forth analysis that opens up a canonical videogame further than it ever has been before." 9/10

– Paste

Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea

"Poignant, insightful, personal, and beautiful."

– Zachary Plyons

Boss Fight Books: Shadow of the Colossus by Nick Suttner

"I found this [book] to be refreshingly contemplative and a wonderful reflection on the art of video games which is more commonly reserved for finer films and stage plays."

– Gaming with Swag

Boss Fight Books: Spelunky by Derek Yu

"Seriously, if you have any interest in game design or development, get this book."

– Rami Ismael

Boss Fight Books: World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi

"I love it. [...] It's a deeply personal story, one that's easy to get engrossed in."

– 98.1 The Fan

Boss Fight Books: Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams

"At once an autobiography, an enthusiast's ode to the early years of gaming, and a coming of age story of boy-meets-cartridge."

– Ted Woolsey



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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 SIX more items: Boss Fight Books: Soft & Cuddly by Jarett Kobek , Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 3 by Alyse Knorr, Boss Fight Books: Kingdom Hearts II by Alexa Ray Corriea, Boss Fight Books: Shadow of the Colossus by Nick Suttner, Boss Fight Books: World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi and Boss Fight Books: Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams!

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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