I bought this, but now I want refund. The books are excerpts, which I didn't realise. Why is Inbound Marketing listed as $20 for 30 pages PDF? I can get the full new hardcover from Amazon for $16.47. Also, half the webpages to download the items will not load. This is costing me more money in time than it's worth. I cannot use my trials without giving my credit card details and risk paying for the high priced plans when they expire. I think this is a great idea, but poorly executed.
Thanks for the refund Noah. This deal didn't work for me, because there were a few too many surprises after I purchased (I should have read the descriptions more thoroughly) and too many broken sites (you were too popular). The entering the credit card details of the free trials was the final straw, and I realised I was spending far too long with this. I'd still consider it in the future, but with a little more consideration. I look forward to seeing what comes next for AppSumo.
For the record: the Leanpub ebooks included in the Appsumo bundle are not excerpts.
Startup Lessons Learned is 798 pages, and covers August 2008 - now.
The Venture Hacks Bible is 1406 pages, and covers March 2007 - now.
Best of Andrew Chen's Blog is 984 pages, and covers 2006 - now. (It was 1700+ pages unedited, but it's curated.)
Sean Ellis's book Startup Marketing: Unlocking Startup Growth is 168 pages, but that's all the content there is.
So even if you ignore the pages that are bogus (TOC, index, etc), you've got about 2500+ pages just for the Leanpub books. These PDF books sell for $29.99, $19, $19 and $19 regular price. The ideas in them are worth a huge multiple of $42, imho.
The really good thing is that all the content in all these books is available for free on the authors' blogs. Part of the inspiration for Leanpub is Paul Graham's Hackers and Painters, which followed a similar model, but was published by a traditional publisher. We're doing the blog-essay-into-book thing for self-published authors.
Hackers and Painters is worth the money (either as a PDF or as a print book), since you think more deeply about the content when it's in book format than you do when it is on a blog and you're distracted by Hacker News and ooh there's a new Twitter CEO and look a shiny toy and kittens. That's the Leanpub value proposition, and why these books are worth buying. (It encourages you to fully read the archives of these 4 blogs, all the way back.)
Now, Leanpub is actually a system for writing and publishing in-progress books, not for just selling exports of blogs. Authors can sell books before they are finished, and when new versions are released the readers can be automatically emailed.
We launched our new version last night at 3 AM which included the first versions of features designed to support better communication between authors and readers, etc. However, the Appsumo bundle promptly crushed us.
(We're spinning up bigger servers today and temporarily disabling some features for Leanpub authors to cope with the Appsumo email blast that will go out tomorrow. Leanpub is more than the not-fully-baked-and-slow site that you see today.)
Later this year we're rolling out features including a good way to do online/offline editing for nontechnical users, etc. The architecture already supports this now. This will also include EPUB and MOBI generation, etc.
So, anyway, the timing could have been better for us, but the books here are good and are worth reading. If you have any issues, please email me (email@example.com) or phone me (604.916.8017) and we will ensure you get your downloads etc.
Thanks for the reply Peter. I appreciate it. Leanpub was obviously under considerable traffic stress, as I was not able to get to the books on your site. Hopefully you'll be fully up and running soon, and I can take a look.
I think this is a great idea and I thank the organizers for putting this together. That said, the savings can be a bit misleading. The value for an entire book is listed when only 2 or 3 chapters of the book is included with the bundle. I don't think the organizers are trying to deceive anyone, but just something to be aware.
Make sure to look at the full prices for all the apps. Many of those (Chargify and Uservoice, for example) will require integration into your application. When that 3 month trial price runs out, don't get hit with sticker shock when the full-price plan kicks in. It's very tough to just walk away when you've already integrated a service.
There are 4 PDFs from Leanpub in the bundle: 2 are free (Startup Lessons Learned, The Venture Hacks Bible) and 2 are steeply discounted to $4.95 from $19 (Andrew Chen, Sean Ellis). All four of these PDFs can be downloaded from Leanpub via coupon code, and the coupon codes last for a month.
Please note that our servers are straining right now to handle the load. (I think Appsumo refers to the fact that your server is about to be squashed! :) We're spinning up bigger instances later today, but don't worry, all purchases will work. If you have any issues please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I'm the cofounder of Leanpub.)
Also note that the link to the Startup Lessons Learned PDF in the download may be incorrect. This is being fixed ASAP, but if you have an issue with the code you got just email me (email@example.com) your coupon code and I'll send you a working coupon code in return...
Wow, this is a great bundle. I was planning on using some of these services in the next month, so the timing for me is perfect. Thanks for putting this bundle together Noah, Eric, and all the companies offering their services in the bundle.