No Starch Press books in new Humble Bundle

Get a bunch of ebooks cheap, in PDF, .mobi and .epub formats. But hustle – the promotion ends about 20 days from now, just before Christmas.

The books cover R, Python, Javascript, SQL – even F# and Haskell for you functional programming lovers. One promises Bayesian statistics “the fun way” with Star Wars, rubber ducks and LEGO – how can you possibly resist that? And for those of you who don’t foul up statistics enough on your own, there’s “Statistics Done Wrong” to help you out.

No ereader, no problem! If you’re reading this you can get one fast. The books are available as PDFs so you’re definitely covered on any machine that can read a PDF, and that’s about anything. The free Kindle app will handle the books too, with more conveniences and less obnoxious scrolling.

I usually read my ebooks on a Kindle or Nook. This gives me a nice legible screen right next to my main monitor to help me work. The Kindles will read .mobi format, Nooks like .epub. Not sure about Ipads or Google devices – haven’t tried them.

You might have to jump through some hoops to get the books loaded on the ereaders, but it can be done. I’ve done it by “sideloading”, and Kindles will let you email books below a certain size to your Kindle email account, assuming you have one.

An app like Calibre will let you convert formats and also serve as a reader on a PC or Mac, maybe even on Linux. This also makes it easier to grab code straight from the books. Yep, it’s free.

No excuses – get started!