The best idea, BTW, is to buy the all-in-1 I linked above on kindle, if you have one, or a tablet (nexus 7, whatever). Not only for the usually convenience of digital content, but also because the very nice integration of the amazon "x-ray" feature. you can click on things to see where else they are mentioned in text, link to wikipeida articles, look up in dictionary (Tolkien was an Oxford professor of old english, and sometimes uses some wonderful, but obscure, vocabulary), and so on (you can highlight, leave notes, see what others highlight, etc). The only way to go IMO. And it's only $9, for the complete 3 books of text
This kindle version looks very appealing. However does it have the maps and appendix included in the print version?
These have covers that are images from the movies? I think I may pass on them then; I hate when novels or books get re-released as promotional items for the movie.
Still waiting for my $8 awesome edition of The Hobbit from a month ago to ship from amazon though. Probably won't ship at all, so I need to start looking for another edition or a 4-in-1 set or something.
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Books are a dying format, I read these "books" while watching the movie..... ***turns on subtitles***....
Nice deal, but some books just need to be purchased in hard cover. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, anything by Dickens, Milton, Thoreau, or Whitman...
Other things should never see print at all, hard cover or paper back. Yes, I'm talking about Twilight.
I do think the films were really good, personally I can't imagine putting in over a dozen hours reading these books when I've already seen the films.
While am a BIG fan of the movies, the books are *FAR* better than the movies.
Evidently, you have no idea how much is left out/altered or only briefly alluded to in the movies.
In some ways, it is even more enjoyable to watch the movie first and then read the book. That way, you not only get to revisit what you know but you can be amazed at the depth and detail that wasn't in the movie and (frequently) enjoy an even better version of the narrative.
Yes, my earlier joking aside, the books are great and I am very grateful someone gave me a boxed set when I was a kid. For anyone who is fan of LotR, fantasy (Harry Potter were awful kids books, read these for real fantasy), or reading in general, these are a great addition to your library.
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