The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)
J. R. R. Tolkien
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
This deluxe edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.
J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."
Extra content is ok
The audio files of some of the sections are very nice. The pictures look great, but you can't really zoom in like you would with any normal photo on the iPhone. When you try to, you have to grab the part of the screen where the picture isn't in order to zoom. This makes it difficult to view or zoom out.
I love this edition. Yes, the graphics could be sharper and scalable, but I can deal with that--the readings by Tolkien make the app worth every penny! It's awesome to listen to him reading Riddles in the Dark, getting a feel for what Gollum sounded like in the mind of his creator. It's great to hear him pronounce the names of people and places, correcting all the mispronunciations in our heads and in movies. The sound quality is fine--you'd have to pay me (or create something WAY better!) to complain about this book.
Great story by Tolkien. Mediocre digital version. Low-res illustrations and maps mar what could have been a brilliant publication. If you care to read the maps included, you're out of luck. Zooming only reveals the shoddy quality of the images. A few audio clips of Tolkien performing the work are included, but certainly not worth the extra cost. Buy the cheaper version and you will not be disappointed.