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Well, bless my buttons, is it true? Has J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth finally arrived in a digital format for e-books? It’s not myth or legend: it’s true! I normally wouldn’t call out a specific title or series, but I can’t help myself this morning. See, not […]

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Well, bless my buttons, is it true? Has J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth finally arrived in a digital format for e-books? It’s not myth or legend: it’s true! I normally wouldn’t call out a specific title or series, but I can’t help myself this morning. See, not only was “The Lord of the Rings” voted as book of the century by some, but it’s a personal favorite of mine: So much so that I collect various print editions of the series, and I read it through at least once a year. I have for the past twenty-odd years, in fact.

I can hardly contain my excitement now that the titles are available from Fictionwise for the eReader format. The books are 50 percent off as well, making this deal even sweeter than the meade at the Inn of the Prancing Pony. The eReader store is now offering six titles from Tolkien:

  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings (all three previous titles combined)
  • The Children of Hurin

As far as I know, this is the first time that any of these titles are available in an e-book format. Although I’d love to read them on my Amazon Kindle, I’ll make do with the smaller, mobile screens that eReader supports for now.

Update: I was nosing around the Kindle bookstore and see that the same titles are indeed available for the Kindle! They aren’t 50 percent off like those at eReader, but all six titles are there. They have the same April 19 publication date, so I suspect that a deal was worked out in various formats. Sweet!

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  1. The Lord of the Rings is my “most read” set of books too although your annual re-reading shames my pathetic effort :)

    Of course, no Tolkien collection is complete without The Silmarillion.

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    1. I love The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit… who doesn’t?

      I don’t know how people get through the Silmarillion, though. It’s almost like reading a text book.

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  2. borax99 (Alain C.) Monday, April 20, 2009

    Sony store has ‘em too, yay !

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  3. I’m finding the Kindle store on Amazon has them for close to the same price. About a dollar more. Interesting how it doesn’t seem to show up on Fictionwise if I do a search via Stanza.

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  4. borax99 (Alain C.) Monday, April 20, 2009

    Also available at Mobipocket.com, but pricey !

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  5. Be sure and check out the price of all three together for the Kindle. $15+ instead of $30.

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    1. That’s exactly what I bought when I found it in Amazon’s Kindle store; that and The Hobbit. :)

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  6. It’s at Fictionwise too, for secure mobipocket. No 50% off discount, but 100% micropay rebates (great for future book purchases!!)

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  7. I picked up The Hobbit from my school library when I was in third grade simply because it had an interesting cover, I had no idea what a hobbit was and it was the biggest book I had ever seen at that point. I had to read it with a dictionary within reach for obvious reasons. Later I would find that it was the beginning of a larger series and I too have read the entire series every year since then.
    The electronic version almost makes me want a dedicated ereader of some type.
    Almost.

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