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Old 10-20-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Holy Bible – King James Version – KJV (Direct Verse Jump, best navigation, searchable) by God-inspired

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You can purchase the most useful electronic Bible currently available for the Kindle at www.osnova.com.

The easy way to find it on your Kindle is to search for the word "osnova" in the Kindle store.

Please do not use the sample generated automatically by Amazon (it cripples most of the features of the book). If you need a sample download it right here. To learn how to use all of the features, please read the text below.

A quick note: at this time, I do not guarantee that all features will work on Kindle 1 because I do not have access to it.

A longer tale:

After looking at almost all versions of the Bible available for the Kindle, I was not satisfied with any of them. I am not just a casual reader of the Bible (when you pick up reading right where you left off the previous time). I need to be able to turn to a specific verse anywhere in the Bible at a moment's notice while studying a specific passage, reading a theological book or listening to a sermon. As a result, even the versions with the hyperlinked tables of contents were not sufficient for me. I have come up with the Direct Verse Jump technique, which allows you in a couple of clicks’ worth of seconds to open any verse in the Bible.

Moreover, almost all versions that I could find do not preserve the formatting and delete some of the text that I find in my paper copy of the Bible (for example, italics, small caps for "LORD", the headings of many Psalms, or the Hebrew letter names in Psalm 119, KJV notes at the end of some of the Paul's epistles). So, I have decided to make another Kindle version of the Authorized Version to correct all of these issues. It has been a long haul, but now I am ready to share this version with you.

Features of this Kindle KJV Bible, which has the same text as your paper copy:
  • Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in seconds (see more information below)
  • two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents; and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books of the Bible. Once you learn all of the three navigation methods (in addition to the typical page-flipping), you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy.
  • correctly formatted (i.e., preserving the formatting of the original KJV – italics, small caps in LORD, etc.)
  • includes original KJV translators’ notes (your paper copy may have omitted them; all you need is to click on the hyperlinked dagger and when finished with the note to press “Back”)
  • original text, notes, book titles carefully preserved (e.g., see the notes at the end of the Paul's epistles, which are found in the original KJV or titles of the psalms)
  • it is easy to determine where you are in the Bible (each chapter gives you the name of the book)
  • Jesus’ words are in bold
  • as any Kindle book, the KJV Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible! The file is large and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed.

Direct Verse Jump, a new navigation method using the search functionality:
In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name, then a period, then a chapter number, a period again, and then a verse number and press the “find” twice. That’s it! You do not need to wait for the Kindle to display the search results. You will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you just need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed below.

For example, if you wish to select chapter 3 of Genesis, you would:

1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis (see below), then period, and finally number "3"; in other words: ge.3
2. click “find” twice and you are there.

For John 3:16, you type jn.3.16 and double click “find”.

Note that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, Epistle of Jude verse 5 would translate to jud.1.5 and a double click on “find.”

Suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Book name abbreviations are now listed in the table of contents
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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Great work! How about doing the same for a newer translation? The NET Bible publishers are still looking for someone to make a better version of their bible for the Kindle. See http://bible.org/downloads
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Fast verse navigation!

Great job!

I love the way you incorporated the strength of other Kindle versions (namely the chapter and verse navigation from the Table of Contents ability) but in addition, allow for going straight to the desired verse by simply typing in the abbreviated book, chapter, and verse and double-clicking "Find". This is an incredible time saver!

For those who don't know how that works: If you want to go to Isaiah 7:14, simply type "isa.7.14" (minus the quotes), double-click "Find", and you're there.

One thing I would like to see in future versions is either a list of the book abbreviations immediately following the Table of Contents or the abbreviated name in parenthesis after the full name in the table of Contents.

This is a fantastic edition. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:19 PM   #4
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Great job!

I love the way you incorporated the strength of other Kindle versions (namely the chapter and verse navigation from the Table of Contents ability) but in addition, allow for going straight to the desired verse by simply typing in the abbreviated book, chapter, and verse and double-clicking "Find". This is an incredible time saver!
And.. don't forget that you can also jump between books by pressing the joystick (that four-way thingy) right or left.

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One thing I would like to see in future versions is either a list of the book abbreviations immediately following the Table of Contents or the abbreviated name in parenthesis after the full name in the table of Contents.
I was going back and forth on this one. Should I include the instructions in the book itself or not? Some people may see that I ruin the original text for them.

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This is a fantastic edition. Thanks for all the hard work.
You are very welcome. Thanks for the review on Amazon website too. I need it to promote it to more people.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:27 PM   #5
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Great work! How about doing the same for a newer translation? The NET Bible publishers are still looking for someone to make a better version of their bible for the Kindle. See http://bible.org/downloads
Thanks for encouraging words. I am currently thinking about other public domain translations that could benefit from my "Kindlization". I'll look at NET (is it PD?), WEB. What do people actually use?
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The NET translation is the best one in the public domain that I know of. When I can't get to an NRSV or NIV I tend towards it.
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The NET translation is the best one in the public domain that I know of. When I can't get to an NRSV or NIV I tend towards it.
I have just looked closer at the NET legal status. Unfortunately, it is not public domain. http://bible.org/article/trademark-a...ht-information

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It cannot be bundled with anything sold, nor can you charge for shipping, handling, or anything. It cannot be posted on other websites or servers (see Electronic Access below) ... For software downloaded from the site, e.g. NET Bible html files or program modules, you cannot change the format of the NET Bible® data file(s) or integrate it into or bundle it with any other software e.g. display program or bible study tool without expressed permission.
Actually, I've just re-read their request for a better Kindle version. I have just sent them a request for permission to proceed. If you think this is a worthy endeavor, please add your voice here or send your thoughts directly to them.

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Actually, this suggestion makes complete sense. I do not promise to do it soon (I'll wait for other feedback first, plus Amazon publishing/republishing process takes forever, I do not want to disrupt the current version)

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On a separate note, how much would people be willing to pay for the NET with all of the notes on their Kindles? Just testing the waters. It appears that the NET with the notes for the Kindle may actually happen.

I also want to see how big the file will be with all of the 60,000 notes.
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I'd be interested in the NET, but what I'd love to see is "The Message". Its my favorite translation (aside from KJV) and the easiest to read (IMHO).
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Actually, this suggestion makes complete sense. I do not promise to do it soon (I'll wait for other feedback first, plus Amazon publishing/republishing process takes forever, I do not want to disrupt the current version)
Thanks! I'll buy that the updated version as well!
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Thank you very much for this Bible. Very easy to navigate.

I am looking for a Chinese Union version and World English version with similar version. Bother are public domain. Basically, there are lack of Bibles in other languages for Kindle.

If you are pleased to share your work, we could develop the Chinese Union version and World English version together. I am fluent in English and Chinese.
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Thank you very much for this Bible. Very easy to navigate.

I am looking for a Chinese Union version and World English version with similar version. Bother are public domain. Basically, there are lack of Bibles in other languages for Kindle.

If you are pleased to share your work, we could develop the Chinese Union version and World English version together. I am fluent in English and Chinese.
You know that the U.S. Kindle does not support other languages (Chinese, Russian, etc.) unless you apply a hack? If you have applied the hack (oops, I see you have the International Kindle, does it support Chinese?) then I think I can help you with the Chinese if you find me CU in a structured format (OSIS, XML, even one verse per line). I'll need some English guideposts (Book names and chapters, verses) in the file in order not mess up the Bible.

I have already started work on the World English (WEB) translation. So, it will be released at some point. However, the top priority project that I am working on right now is the NET Bible, hopefully with all of its notes. I'll let you know when I can work on other translations.

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Congratulations on a fine effort, I have purchased a copy. I don't know if the DVJ method would be considered 'proprietary intellectual property' or not, but if so perhaps it would be worth your contacting Zondervan and other e-bible publishers to discuss licensing the technique. I would like to see Zondervan's NIV with this capability. If the method isn't a true proprietary IP, is it something that you would consider teaching others to utilize when making other reference books on the Kindle?
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