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!