Enhanced eBook version of The Hobbit released

HarperCollins has released an enhanced ebook version of The Hobbit for the Kindle, Nook and iBookstore.

I love The Hobbit (Lord of the Rings not so much) and this is the kind of thing that publishers should be doing if the want to charge more than, say, five bucks, for their ebooks.

Exclusive to this Enhanced version of the eBook are new high-resolution color images of all of Tolkien’s illustrations for the book, many of which are also included in their earlier black-and-white versions, which can be revealed by a simple swipe of the screen. A Foreword by Christopher Tolkien examines the writing of the book, complete with illustrations including manuscript pages and unused drawings. Finally, the Enhanced eBook includes some recently discovered audio recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien reading excerpts from The Hobbit, including the dwarves’ party song, the account of their capture by the three trolls, and Bilbo Baggins’s terrifying encounter with the hideous Gollum.

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