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Old 07-25-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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Tolkien ebooks?

I'm amazed that I can't find the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit as an ebook. There are ebooks about them - e.g. CliffsNotes - but not the books themselves.

Have I missed anything? Google searches haven't found anything.

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Old 07-25-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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The only thing you've likely missed is that the Tolkien Estate is evidently fundamentally opposed to e-books.

Same as J. K. Rowling.
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I'm amazed that I can't find the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit as an ebook. There are ebooks about them - e.g. CliffsNotes - but not the books themselves.

Have I missed anything? Google searches haven't found anything.
You haven't missed anything. There are no legitimate copies of Tolkien in ebook format. The estate has never licensed the work in ebook form.
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:10 AM   #4
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Thanks to you both - I didn't know that. Is there documentation anywhere about this?

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Old 07-26-2008, 07:46 AM   #5
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You'll just have to wait till the copyrights to all the books expires.
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You'll just have to wait till the copyrights to all the books expires.
Or some unscrupulous individual OCRs the text and puts it out there somewhere...
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
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They may not be out in ebook, but they are out in Audio books. As an alternative.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:05 AM   #8
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Or some unscrupulous individual OCRs the text and puts it out there somewhere...
Most of Tolkien works are already out there (i.e. somewhere )...
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Most of Tolkien works are already out there (i.e. somewhere )...
Yes, in paper. Not electronic unless you really want to deal with a darknet copy.

Personally, I don't. I have hardcovers I treasure.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:56 AM   #10
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Yes, in paper. Not electronic unless you really want to deal with a darknet copy.

Personally, I don't. I have hardcovers I treasure.
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Dennis did you read previous posts well?

In case you didn't I will clarify:

AlexBell: I'm amazed that I can't find the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit as an ebook
JSWolf: You'll just have to wait till the copyrights to all the books expires.
SeaWolf: Or some unscrupulous individual OCRs the text and puts it out there somewhere...(obviously it means illegal copies i.e. DARKNET)
astra: Most of Tolkien works are already out there (i.e. somewhere )... (this reply refers to ebook versions OCRed by some unscurpulous individual and uploaded somewhere out there)

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As a side note: I have special editions and some of them on india paper and I treasure these books more than any other books in my collection.

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I have to confess that I've never read them. I have a copy of the trilogy, in a single, voluminous tome that sits menacingly on my bookshelf. Every time I've gone to read I've picked it up and the sheer size and weight of it has scared me off. Someday though...
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:50 AM   #12
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Dennis did you read previous posts well?

In case you didn't I will clarify:
Not that he needs defending but Dennis did say in post #3:


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You haven't missed anything. There are no legitimate copies of Tolkien in ebook format. The estate has never licensed the work in ebook form.
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Not that he needs defending but Dennis did say in post #3:
Yes he said that. But he entirely missed what I said.
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I have to confess that I've never read them. I have a copy of the trilogy, in a single, voluminous tome that sits menacingly on my bookshelf. Every time I've gone to read I've picked it up and the sheer size and weight of it has scared me off. Someday though...
It took me a bit of doing when I first read LoTR many years ago. It starts slowly, and I had to push myself through the first hundred pages or so. After that, the pace picked up, and I finished the trilogy in a weekend. I've re-read it one a year or so since, and I find new things each time.

I'm one of the folks who spent as much time in the appendices as I did in the books, since I wanted the back story hinted at in the books, and I happily bought and read the Silmarillion to get it, as well as The Unfinished Tales and various of the annotated manuscripts his son has been producing.

I could even do passable Quenya calligraphy once upon a time, though I've quite lost my hand since.
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Ehm. I retreat. We have a real connoisseur here.
I have read LotR about 4 or 5 times. The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and Unfinished Tales only once. Didn't read anything else yet...
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