The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

By J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Release Date : 2011-10-27
  • Genre : Fantasy
  • FIle Size : 190.44 MB
Score: 4.5
From 216 Ratings
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The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition) Exclusive to this Enhanced version of the eBook are recently discovered audio recordings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and new high-resolution colour images of all of Tolkien’s illustrations for the book, many of which are also included in their earlier black-and-white versions and can be revealed by a simple swipe of the screen.

A Foreword by Christopher Tolkien, complete with illustrations including manuscript pages and unused drawings, examines the writing of the book. This Enhanced eBook also includes 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 creepy encounter with the hideous Gollum.

Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home. Then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services—as a burglar—on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.

The Hobbit was an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and 75 years later Tolkien's epic tale of hobbits, elves, dwarves, goblins, magic and adventure has lost none of its appeal.


‘One of the best loved characters in English fiction… a marvellous fantasy adventure’
Daily Mail

‘Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls… an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax’
The Observer

‘A flawless masterpiece’
The Times

About the author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.


  • Awful Formatting

    By Helen815
    The Hobbit is a fantastic story, however Apple's laziness and shoddy quality have ruined what should be a valued addition to any library. The book is very badly formatted, as many sold on the iBookstore are. The maps are split across pages, and icons in the text are unformatted. This is on an iPad, a device designed to use iBooks. There really is no excuse Apple, and I have to advise potential customers to steer clear until Apple sorts out its quality issues.
  • A Favourite

    By Tom Watterson
    This book was one of my favourite that I read as a child, and now I am using it to get back into reading. Easy to read (especially compared with 'The Lord of the Rings' books) and very enjoyable. I really hope the next two films do it justice.
  • Bad formatting

    By Joe.Bro
    Really bad formatting, not suitable for the iPad. Maps spilt over 2 pages, really poor and no excuse.
  • The Hobbit!!!!

    By Tj south side
    Good read! Great story! Disappointing ending . . . .
  • Won't download

    By stuart1986
    Paid for it but wouldn't download. Great start
  • My Favourite Book Ever

    By SB797
  • Picture Pinch Correction

    By BruceAJM
    There is nothing that I am able to say about the book, which has not been said (more eruditely) by others previously. But for those put off buying this edition by the comments on being unable to pinch and stretch the pictures: it is true that if you try to do this in the picture all it does is snap from coloured version to original. However, if you do this outside the picture on the white border you can stretch away to your hearts content. Of course the colour does change as you then drag around the map each time. So it's not brilliant, but it is perfectly workable.
  • Excellent but...

    By Twisted Spur
    The Hobbit is an excellent book for all ages. This enhanced edition has a lot of extras that add to the experience. However if the publishers had actually tested it before release they would have realised it is impossible to pinch-and-zoom on any picture that offers two versions. When you try to pinch-and-zoom the image just swaps to its alternate. This is a very obvious flaw, so this reviewer has no choice but rate it accordingly.
  • Would have been 5

    By Starryemj
    Sure it will be good but zoomed into a picture and because every time you tap it it switches between the original version and the other I can't actually zoom out so cannot even read the book or return to iBooks shelf! :S disappointing!
  • Review of the Hobbit Enhanced Edition

    By Vincent Harney
    This edition really makes the read very interactive.. The maps and illustrations are superb...really takes me back to my childhood and an absolute recommendation for 7year olds onwards...timeless classic with really good features ...worth the money!