dealsthe hobbit: kindle ebook for $3.00 + free shipping

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Good deal. Thanks! Now if I could get the rest at that price, it would be great.

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love the "myprecious" tag.. lol :)

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This seems to be the movie tie-in version. NOT the original book. It has changes that Jackson made in the movie.

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I think since they're breaking this movie up into multiple parts, I can assume they're going to cover a lot of the book... unless they just start making things up...

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@churchiee: I saw that it was a "movie tie-in" but I thought that just meant the cover was different like what Harry Potter (and others) did. Bummer

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I'm pretty sure the only tie-in to the movie is the cover. I already bought it and there's a section at the beginning that talks about the revisions made since it was first published and the movie is never even mentioned.

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Also, the latest copyright date is 1995.

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@benstommes: I agree. I think the text is the same. You can read the bits about different revisions by clicking on "Look Inside" on the Amazon page. I don't see any mention of changes made by Peter Jackson. In fact, it seems to be that with this version of the text they tried to get as close to what Tolkien originally wanted as possible.

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@benstommes: The regular version should be free. Check the Guttenberg project. I believe the 75 years on copyright ran out a few weeks ago.

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@psumek: Where do you get 75 years? 70 years after the death of the author is relevant in some cases, though this likely falls under 95 years from date of publishing due to copyright and renewal.
A reference: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

Also, as others have mentioned earlier, it appears the only difference for this "movie tie-in" is the cover image from the movie. Well that, and the title on the kindle is "The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In)", which is meh.

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@psumek: The second edition would still be under copyright (being published in 1951).It has some significant changes to the text (mainly the Riddles in the Dark chapter), and it is the version that ties into Lord of the Rings. You could read th original version, just keep in mind that Gollum's behavior doesn't make any sense in context.

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@gt0163c: @Benstommes Well that's good. I guess the wired article I read was about the other books released that are movie tie-ins. I was looking at buying it and wasnt wanting something that wasn't the original text.

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@ryjaek: Sorry. Thought it was 75 like music. My mistake.

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I love it when my digital items have free shipping.

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@5hazb0t: LOL! So true! But just give it a few years and they won't... ;)

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I came here for the free shipping jokes, I was disappointed.

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...does an "ebook" really even have a "cover"? Just sayin....