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I've just bought LotR and The Hobbit

FarFromHome
Valinor


Apr 21 2009, 7:03pm


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I've just bought LotR and The Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

for the eReader. I've been using my iPod Touch as a handheld reader for a number of months now, and I've discovered that it's actually a very comfortable and pleasant way to read. I've downloaded tons of free classics - since I got this system I've read (or re-read) dozens of books, from Sherlock Holmes to Middlemarch, Don Quixote, Ivanhoe, Treasure Island - you name it (providing it's out of copyright), you can get it. I mostly use another free software, called Stanza, for the free books - I prefer it to the eReader, although both are very easy to use and display clear, attractive print.

I haven't paid to purchase many books so far, but I did buy the one-volume LotR, and The Hobbit. The Hobbit has a few minor formatting errors (some spaces between words are missing). I emailed to report the error and received a reply to say they are contacting the publisher and will provide me with a corrected copy when it's available. The LotR is the 50th anniversary edition, with the foreword by Hammond and Scull. There are no maps, and the charts etc. in the appendices are in the form of a very poor scan. There's no index. But if you just want a portable, searchable text, it's good. The Hobbit's illustrations are there, although for some reason they are sideways!

When you purchase a book, you can also download a copy to your computer, to be read in the (free) software provided by the company. I don't normally do that (reading on a computer screen is much less pleasant than on my iPod), but if you want to, you can. And again, the text is searchable. Plus you can copy and paste quotes - very handy for posting!

If anybody decides to give this a try, I'll be happy to answer any questions about how things work. I've used the system enough to know that it's quite reliable and pretty simple once you see how it works.

Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Bilbo's Last Song


Subject User Time
Just spotted this on the Harper Collins website Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Apr 21 2009, 6:03pm
    Tolkien electronically, legally! But how does it work? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Apr 21 2009, 6:10pm
        I think so Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Apr 21 2009, 6:14pm
            A little more info NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Apr 21 2009, 6:16pm
                I've just bought LotR and The Hobbit FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 21 2009, 7:03pm
                    A "one-volume" electronic text ...?! visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Apr 21 2009, 7:33pm
                        Well if you can have folders FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 21 2009, 8:05pm
                            Books are heavy! visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Apr 21 2009, 8:13pm
                            Argh! Don't make me think about moving books! Jazmine Send a private message to Jazmine Apr 21 2009, 8:28pm
                            Well... Eowyn of Penns Woods Send a private message to Eowyn of Penns Woods Apr 22 2009, 3:56am
                    Tolkien and the iPhone bookgirl13 Send a private message to bookgirl13 Apr 23 2009, 8:32pm
                        You need to get... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 23 2009, 9:15pm
                            I shall have to try the eReader app bookgirl13 Send a private message to bookgirl13 Apr 23 2009, 9:36pm
                *snert* Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 22 2009, 12:34am
    Try eReader.com priell3 Send a private message to priell3 Apr 21 2009, 11:25pm
        Thankyou so much for this! Elven Send a private message to Elven Apr 23 2009, 11:45am

 
 
 

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