As another reviewer said, these are still not necessarily EASY, just simpler than the originals. I'm actually going to stick with the regular version of the book now that I have both to compare to each other.
Don't get me wrong, these ARE more playable, but I'm not thrilled with them. I don't envy the folks who set up these simplified arrangement books. It's actually very difficult to arrange some songs to easier music without messing up the sound of the tune. You often have to cut so much out that it's boring (or even criminal), or else change the entire song to a different key. For example, some of the easier songs from the original book can sound downright drab in this book. "Dreaming of Bag End" actually sounds better in the original arrangement, and there isn't much they did to change it for this "easy piano" book apart from delete some bass clef chords and ruin which key it's in. There are also fewer songs in this book, so you'd better like what they chose to put in this one or you're out of luck.
If you aren't a close observer to the "soundtrack" sound and haven't looked at the regular arrangements yet for fear of failure, then by all means, buy this one instead and save a few dollars as a bonus. It's true you will have a quicker time of learning these arrangements - and, typical for easy piano books, the print size is much bigger in this book (why on earth couldn't they do that for the original arrangements!?!?). As for me, I'd rather struggle a bit more for the fuller sound.
***Disclaimer: I am an intermediate piano player with just enough knowledge to "be dangerous" (I straddle the fence on difficulty in many cases, being either bored to tears with the easy piano version or infuriated by the regular version). If you are a true beginner, please do try this easier book before graduating to the regular songbook.***