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These ones look great, and for their intended purpose (travel-sized editions only ...
on 17 October 2017
This is specifically for the "Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set" edition, with leatherette covers and box.
The box itself contains, as many others do, copies of 'The Hobbit' and all three volumes of 'The Lord of The Rings'. The quality of the literature goes without saying. The only things worth talking about with any released version of these books is the physical quality of each edition. These ones look great, and for their intended purpose (travel-sized editions only 16cm heigh, that are a little more durable than an ordinary paperback, but not as heavy as a hardcover), they're perfect, but they've got a lot wrong with them too.
As nice as the leatherette feels, it is too soft. So soft in fact, that even the seam of the cellophane wrapping dents it. The paper of the pages is also very thin (aiding the light weight), meaning the books aren't at all rigid. Not even as rigid as a paperback. The box is a little wider than the combined thickness of the books - which is good for not squashing them - but the books aren't rigid enough to stand up straight under their own weight. They therefore bulge outwards as they slouch into the spare space. The back cover of 'The Hobbit' and the front cover of 'The Return of The King', being the two outer-most sides, stay flat as they're against the sides of the box, but all of the other covers, and large chunks of pages, end up wavy the instant they're removed from the box for the first time.
The covers and pages are soft enough that they can probably be flattened out again by storing them flat, but as soon as they're put back into the box and stood up, they'll do the same thing again.
This set is well worth a look for anyone who wants some travel copies of these books, but they are not a viable option as a deluxe, bookshelf set for posterity.