These aren't available yet but can be pre-ordered by libraries and schools.
"...the e-books will be available in ePub on PCs, Macs, Android devices, iPhones, iPads and Blackberries, plus reading devices including the Kindle and Nook, with Kindle support in the US only. [The Nook has no international purchase arrangements at all.] The audiobooks will be available in MP3 format.
Overdrive will "manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries" involving editions in 21 languages and over 18,000 public and school libraries globally.
What a breath of fresh air after Penguin Group's latest activities, library-wise, and also when I remember that HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster all do not want their e-books available in libraries unless somehow it's made much harder for people to borrow them (appearing personally in the library, no matter how far away, etc.). More on that when I see it.
AN ALERT TO A ONE-VOlUME COLLECTOR'S EDITION (KINDLE) BARGAIN PRICE for what may be a limited time
Regular commenter Mike Perry alerts us to a February 15 Kindle book release of the One-volume Collector's Edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, currently $9.99 instead of the Digital List Price of $20.
After getting Mike's alert, I did a Kindle book search on this one-volume set and it didn't come up. That may be why there is only one review of this Kindle Collector's edition and the review is mainly a complaint that it has been $20. The review is dated February 1, although Amazon's Product Details says this Collectors Edition was published February 15, 2012.
The 2,059 customer reviews include reviews of other editions, including the hardcover 50th Anniversary edition one.
Mike points out that there is a full Table of Contents plus maps and that even the Text-to-Speech (TTS) works. He adds that the Kindle edition of The Hobbit is also marked down, from $13.95 to $7.59, but that's not as striking a deal.
Mike Perry is the author of Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for Lord of the Rings [Paperback] (No Kindle version yet).
It's the only book-length chronology of LOTR.
A bit from the description:
"Beginning over 1400 years before the major events in Tolkien's epic, it describes, year-by-year, the amazing and imaginative background history that Tolkien created for his masterpiece. Then for the main narrative, it becomes a day-by-day reference, describing what each character does on that day and all the places where those events are described in Tolkien's writings. You can find out, for instance, what Merry and Pippin are doing as Sam perpares rabbit stew on the morning of March 7.
... A few facts illustrate how helpful this chronology is. Most of the narrative is a deliberately confusing sea of next days and third days that leave readers as confused as the tale's main characters. The middle 60 percent of The Lord of the Rings gives the current date only once. In the narrative as a whole, the date is given only 23 times, or once for every 43 pages, and most of those come when the plot is moving slowly. That's why those who want to dig deeper and understand better what Tolkien was saying will find this book a must-have."
For Wednesday, I'll do a roundup of forum recommendations of free books from the last day or two, with links.
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Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers. Liked-books under $1
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