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osnova
11-06-2009, 12:40 PM
Somebody has asked me to make a Kindle version of the Chinese Union Bible with my Direct Verse Jump navigation method. They say this translation is in the public domain, so no worries there.

I do not speak, read, etc. Chinese, so please let me know if the attached file is any good. I obtained the source from the Internet and hope it is what should be.

In order to use it on the Kindle, the Kindle must be hacked to display Chinese characters. I am not sure if this can be done or not (especially, with the new International Kindles). If you get this to work please share.

This same file can be used with the Mobipocket Reader.

If you do not know what the Direct Verse Jump is. You type any verse in the search window in the following format: Book abbreviation, period/dot, chapter number, period/dot, verse number. Note that the verse number is not required (then it defaults to verse 1). You will find all book name abbreviations in the Table of Contents. After you enter this string in the search window you need to press on "Find" *twice*.

For example, "Rev.5.5" would open Revelation/啟 示 錄 5:5.

This file also has a hyperlinked Table of Contents. In addition you can jump from book to book by pressing the joystick right or left.

This is a free book and you can distribute it freely, please do not charge for it. If you wish to give me a donation, PM me.

osnova
11-13-2009, 11:08 AM
I have come across the hack that would allow Chinese characters on the Kindle 2 International.

First, http://blogkindle.com/2009/10/jailbreaking-the-international-kindle/
Then, http://blogkindle.com/2009/10/unicode-font-hack-v0-2-now-for-kindle-international-too/

fangbing
12-03-2009, 08:41 PM
Somebody has asked me to make a Kindle version of the Chinese Union Bible with my Direct Verse Jump navigation method. They say this translation is in the public domain, so no worries there.

I do not speak, read, etc. Chinese, so please let me know if the attached file is any good. I obtained the source from the Internet and hope it is what should be.

In order to use it on the Kindle, the Kindle must be hacked to display Chinese characters. I am not sure if this can be done or not (especially, with the new International Kindles). If you get this to work please share.

This same file can be used with the Mobipocket Reader.

If you do not know what the Direct Verse Jump is. You type any verse in the search window in the following format: Book abbreviation, period/dot, chapter number, period/dot, verse number. Note that the verse number is not required (then it defaults to verse 1). You will find all book name abbreviations in the Table of Contents. After you enter this string in the search window you need to press on "Find" *twice*.

For example, "Rev.5.5" would open Revelation/啟 示 錄 5:5.

This file also has a hyperlinked Table of Contents. In addition you can jump from book to book by pressing the joystick right or left.

This is a free book and you can distribute it freely, please do not charge for it. If you wish to give me a donation, PM me.
Do you have the same Chinese Bible in EPUB format? I just got a Sony PRS-600.
Thanks!

osnova
12-03-2009, 10:11 PM
Do you have the same Chinese Bible in EPUB format? I just got a Sony PRS-600.
Thanks!

I am still working on getting all ins and outs for epub. For now you can use Calibre to convert it automatically to epub. Let me know how it works.

g_loh
06-06-2010, 12:40 PM
Somehow SAFARI does not allow me to download the Chinese Bible by clicking the link? Please help. Tks

newuser
06-11-2010, 05:32 PM
I have try the Calibre to convert the Bible which in PRC to EPUB for my PRS600. I can see the memu in Chinese but the content is ????. Do you have any hints for me? Or do you have the Chinese Bible in epub. Thanks

osnova
08-31-2010, 02:36 AM
The new Kindle 3 supports Chinese, yey!

waihungchan
09-01-2010, 08:18 AM
I downloaded and installed the Chinese Bible into my Kindle 3, but the Direct Verse Jump function can't be used. After entering the book and chapter (e.g., rev.5.10), only a blank page appears. Help...

bible.for.kindle
09-06-2010, 08:01 AM
Hi all,
I confirm kindle 3 can display Chinese. After some testing, I create a Chinese bible specially formatted for kindle 3 device. You can find the url at:
http://sites.google.com/site/bibleforkindle/
I'll look at osnova's method to see if it's possible to add direct verse jump to it.
Cheers,
John

GeoffC
09-07-2010, 10:34 AM
:hatsoff: to all the newbies in this thread ....

Welcome to mobileread ....

leo4jc
09-18-2010, 04:53 AM
osnova: Thanks for your work on CUV. I like the verse-by-verse layout. Is it possible to remove the extra space in-between each character (like the version by bible.for.kindle). I know it is probably because the source text you got has space in-between due to historical reason. But I like that you are using the modern punctuation version (vs. the old punctuation version by bible.for.kindle).

Secondly, I try "rev.5.5" but got a message: "Your search can not be completed as this item has not yet been indexed. Please try again later." What have I done wrong?

Thanks bible.for.kindle and osnova for your work on Chinese Bible for Kindle!!

crystone
09-19-2010, 08:54 AM
Thank you, osnova, you done a very good for me. The ChineseUnionBible you provided is in Transitional Chinese, not Simplified Chinese. Do yo have a idea to provided a Simplified Chinese one? prc or epub

bible.for.kindle
09-22-2010, 05:25 PM
You need to try "Rev.5.5" instead of "rev.5.5" for osnova's conversion. Also you need to wait for a couple of minutes before the search index can be built. osnova kindly shared some "hint" on the DVJ magic with me. I'll looking into this feature when I get more time to see if I can implement in the versions hosted at:
http://sites.google.com/site/bibleforkindle/

I'll produce a version with one verse per line soon. It seems someone prefers that layout.
John



Secondly, I try "rev.5.5" but got a message: "Your search can not be completed as this item has not yet been indexed. Please try again later." What have I done wrong?

Thanks bible.for.kindle and osnova for your work on Chinese Bible for Kindle!!

leo4jc
09-29-2010, 04:42 PM
Thanks John. IMHO "rev.5.5" or even "rev.t.t" would have been nicer! ;)

osnova
10-02-2010, 11:34 PM
Glad that my version helps people. I have zero knowledge of Chinese, that's why I am limited as to what I can do with the Chinese Bible. All I did was collect a source file from individual books that I found on the web, clean it up and do the best I could with my original DVJ.

leo4jc, are you saying all spaces between characters should be deleted? If that's it, I can do it. If some spaces need to be retained while others deleted, then I won't be able to do it since my lack of knowledge of Chinese.

I can make the abbreviations lower case.

leo4jc
10-07-2010, 02:32 PM
A bit of Chinese computing history: In the past when we didn't have unicode, Chinese was represented using two 8-bit ASCII. To help word processor wrap a long line properly (i.e. not cutting a 16-bit Chinese character off between two lines), some people started to add a space character in-between, your text source probably is this.

From what I see on your Chinese Bible, it seems like that you have space between each Chinese character. For Kindle and any modern browser/word processor which handle unicode well, this space is not necessary.

So, try this one: http://www.ccim.org/~bible/bible/pub/hb5.txt.gz (Traditional Chinese character set)
Some reader asked for Simplied Chinese, use this one: http://www.ccim.org/~bible/bible/pub/hgb.txt.gz
(Courtesy CCIM http://bible.ccim.org/dcb.html)

I opened these two files, uncompressed, using MS Word, it pops up a File Conversion box, just accept the suggested default (i.e. hb5.txt use Big5, hgb.txt use GB), you will have the good-to-go full text without any unnecessary spaces. I.e. NO NEED to delete any space.

There should be only two space characters for each verse, one between the book and chapter number, the second one after the verse number, before the text. e.g. "1Pe 1:15 ". You may notice that there is always a big space (double width space like a full size Chinese character) before the character "神" (God). You may retain that untouched for historical translation reason.

Good idea to use lower case book abbreviation.

PM me if you want me to try out before release.

God bless,
leo.

osnova
10-08-2010, 01:26 PM
Thanks for your info. I will turn to it once I have finished the projects already in the hopper. Thanks again.

osnova
10-09-2010, 08:30 PM
I have posted an updated traditional CUV to Amazon. It is verse-per-line with standard DVJ abbreviations (ge, ex, lev, etc.). Once Amazon publishes it, I will post the link here. Next I will work on the simplified CUV.

leo4jc
10-13-2010, 02:44 PM
Thank you! Looking forward to it. Verse-per-line is better than lumping all verse into one chapter IMHO.

osnova
10-13-2010, 03:14 PM
leo4jc,

I was told by Amazon that they would not sell a Chinese book, period. For this reason, I am thinking of setting up my own store. While it would take time, if you want you can send me $4.99 by Paypal (pm me for my paypal email) and I'll send you the file.