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Shouldn't this be free given how long ago it was published? Are you just paying for formatting?
You should really familiarize yourself with the basics of copyright law. It will take you no more than 5 minutes, including the time to Google a page on the subject.
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It is a valid question because after a certain period, based on I assume regional laws, some texts enter public domain and are free for republication by other parties -- which essentially makes it free. I don't believe that is the case with LOTR but regardless, the original commenter had a valid question...
A copyright can be renewed ad inifinitum.
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ASOIAF and LOTR are not similar. I love LOTR but could not get through the second book of ASOIAF.
If you couldn't get through book 2, I can't help but imagine what you would think of book 5. I thought the first one was great, the second was very good with just a bit of padding, the third was interesting but heavy on the descriptive words... and then with 4 and 5 he just got out of control, endlessly describing every little thing, while doubling the amount of characters and storylines.

It's weird seeing an author's work go from amazing to unreadable. It happened with Orson Scott Card too... his first three books in the Ender series were incredibly good and some of my all time favorites. Then he just kept telling more and more stories in that universe and his writing got worse and worse with each new book, until he was writing some incomprehensible story about world politics that didn't seem to go anywhere.

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I disagree that LOTR is wordy; although it is long, Tolkien wastes no words.
Well, it depends on what you count as a waste. I could have done without everything involving Tom Bombadil, and much of the poetry. But when the story is actually going somewhere (which is most of the time) his writing is excellent.
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A copyright can be renewed ad inifinitum.
It can, that doesn't mean it was...the comment I was replying to seemed to dismiss the potentiality that LOTR had moved in to the public domain at all.

IIRC all works published in the US before 1923 are already in the public domain. LOTR was published in 1954, its not unreasonable for someone to randomly ask if its in the public domain, even though a quick googling would show it wasn't.

Original commenter should have done the googling but the person who replied to it, whom I quoted, didn't appear to even understand the concept of public domain but felt well informed enough to be sarcastic and dismissive.
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If you couldn't get through book 2, I can't help but imagine what you would think of book 5. I thought the first one was great, the second was very good with just a bit of padding, the third was interesting but heavy on the descriptive words... and then with 4 and 5 he just got out of control, endlessly describing every little thing, while doubling the amount of characters and storylines.

It's weird seeing an author's work go from amazing to unreadable. It happened with Orson Scott Card too... his first three books in the Ender series were incredibly good and some of my all time favorites. Then he just kept telling more and more stories in that universe and his writing got worse and worse with each new book, until he was writing some incomprehensible story about world politics that didn't seem to go anywhere.



Well, it depends on what you count as a waste. I could have done without everything involving Tom Bombadil, and much of the poetry. But when the story is actually going somewhere (which is most of the time) his writing is excellent.
Sounds like George Lucas. It's really weird how that happens. Maybe they got hit in the head or suffer from mental degeneration?
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Shows as "not currently available for purchase" ..???

Edit: nevermind,.. had to go through the app.. And was able to buy it. For some read SD link was showing up as unavailable for purchase
I checked it in kindle app and amazon as well..shows not currently available to purchase.
Can you help me with exact steps or link?
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Sounds like George Lucas. It's really weird how that happens. Maybe they got hit in the head or suffer from mental degeneration?
I think that George Lucas had a drop in quality for sure, but it wasn't drastic. Lucas struck gold with his first two stories, but I'd put Return of the Jedi on the same level as the prequels. All four of those were interesting enough to watch, even if they weren't the greatest movies. He didn't nosedive his story into the ground, it's not like he wrote The Last Jedi.

I agree with you, I really do wonder if there's some kind of change in the brain involved, especially for Orson Scott Card. The guy wrote a story including a planet of people with extreme OCD who believed their mental illness brought them closer to God, then reveals the illness is intentionally caused by humans and the religious beliefs are fake. He writes a sci-fi explanation for the soul and the afterlife that have nothing to do with a god or Heaven. He even has a character who meets a nun and learns about religion, and seems to conclude that it's all nonsense, and thinks "if God is all powerful then why does he allow innocent people to suffer, and if he allows that then why would I want to worship him."

20 years later, he's a bible thumper campaigning against gay marriage, saying it will tear society apart, and he's lost his talent for writing. Something must have happened to him.
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Has anyone read both this series and ASOIAF (Game of Thrones)? Is this in the similar writing or is it less wordy/more wordy? Basically I read the first two books by George R. R. Martin and didn't continue because he would go on and on about what people were wearing and what they were eating etc. Is this similar?
Lotr is a much easier read and less wordy as you would put it. It is wordy but less.

If you think George r r Martin is bad go read a terry goodkind (wizards first rule) I think it's the first 20 pages to describe a vine. A vine. His series spans 1000pg books. 17books I think.

After you read terry go back to Martin you'll be fine. Lol.
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Shows 16.99 on Amazon for me
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I checked it in kindle app and amazon as well..shows not currently available to purchase.
Can you help me with exact steps or link?
You have to be in the Amazon US website.
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Dead at Amazon for me as well, at $16.99 now.
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Has anyone read both this series and ASOIAF (Game of Thrones)? Is this in the similar writing or is it less wordy/more wordy? Basically I read the first two books by George R. R. Martin and didn't continue because he would go on and on about what people were wearing and what they were eating etc. Is this similar?
I like them both. It's been a while since I've read LOTR, but I'm having a hard time thinking of much that they have in common. They both emphasize some pretty detailed world-building, which it sounds like you may not like. I don't know if your feelings about ASOIAF are going to tell you much about whether you'll like LOTR. Tolkien is wordy in different ways, as any author writing in the 30's and 40's would have been. I guess I will say, I read through LOTR as a teenager and I'm not sure if I could have made it through ASOIAF with that attention span.
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Dead at Amazon for me as well, at $16.99 now.
Back to $2.99 for me.
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