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Initial post: Mar 18, 2011 2:53:42 AM PDT
R. McMinn says:
Is there any merit in paying the extra to buy the Lord of the Rings as 3 seperate kindle books?

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 4:21:49 AM PDT
No, "The Lord of the Rings" is often erroneously called a trilogy, when it is in fact a single novel, consisting of six books plus appendices, sometimes published in three volumes.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 4:39:02 AM PDT
R. McMinn says:
I've read previous discussions concerning text errors within the single kindle edition of Lord of the Rings Trilogy and wondered, in light of the extra expense, whether the 3 seperate kindle volumes were any better in this or any other regard? Does anyone know?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 4:45:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2011 4:51:18 AM PDT
A. says:
R., I was under the impression that the errors in the single edition had been corrected. I bought it, read it, and did not notice any of the errors people were talking about.

The benefit to buying the complete set, to me was that when I bought it, the price was $12.24. To me, that is the only benefit to buying any set. The price. Otherwise, I would much rather have the single books. It is far easier to navigate and judge your place in the text.

That being said, I notice that the complete LotR is not available again in the US. I can't find the single book to "The Two Towers" either.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 1:16:43 PM PDT
John D says:
I'm reading LOTR single edition out loud to my daughters and have NOT seen significant errors. It's been a great read so far!

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 2:54:36 PM PDT
It's not available currently, and I have been unable to obtain an explanation from Amazon or the publisher.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 2:51:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2012 2:53:14 PM PST
I downloaded the single edition on my Kindle but was quite confused by the customer reviews that accompanied the article. They appeared to contain reviews of the special print edition, as well as of the audio version. People complained that the audio version was abridged and now I'm concerned that the single Kindle version might be abridged as well. My main reason for thinking this is that the single edition is about 1,200 pages long, while the combined length of the three separate versions is around 1,600 pages. Also, I have not even finished the prologue of the Fellowship of the Rings and my Kindle already indicates that I have read 2% of the book. Surely that's not possible with a work of this size. I linked to the version I purchased below. Does anyone have any information on this?

The Lord of the Rings

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 3:29:32 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
That's the one I have and it's not abridged - sometimes I think the percentages are off (if there are a lot of graphics at the start, they take up more percentage wise)

anyway, the percentage read is not percentage of pages read, but percentage of file read

at the start of the prologue it's on page 13 (tap upper middle of screen to see page number) and the page numbers are screwy as the books end at 106 of 1069 then go on and on and on through the appendixes with the page number stuck on 1068

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 4:06:07 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I've seen pagination anomalies with Kindle books made up of volumes originally published separately, many times. The most common: Only the first volume has page numbers. You start "book 2" and they stop, or stay stuck on the last one from "book 1."

I've yet to encounter my first abridged Kindle book that wasn't clearly labeled as such, and even those are rare.

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 4:13:07 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
I've yet to see one, but they're rife in the audio book section

btw, the audio version of LOTR is wonderful - 52 CDs for it and the Hobbit, but well worth listening to (I had pretty much skipped all the songs and poems, but totally enjoyed them in the audio book)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 5:11:56 PM PST
Thanks guys. It's been a while since I first read this and with such a large work I wasn't sure if I'd even notice if something was missing. Still, it makes me sleep better at night to know that it's all there.
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