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Old 10-26-2006, 09:39 PM   #1
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BIBLE for Sony Reader

Ok, I couldn't resist. I ordered a Sony Reader today on Sony's website. One thing I've though would be great is to use the Sony Reader in place of my traditional BIBLE that I bring to church on Sunday. Problem is, I did a search on Sony Connect to see if they offer a Bible that is formatted nicely for the reader. But nothing came up that look like the good old BIBLE? Interesting since the BIBLE is still the best selling book to date. Does anyone know of a nice BIBLE or the Sony Reader that would support some sort of navigation scheme between different books and chapters in the BIBLE? Best Regards to all!
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:59 PM   #2
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i second that it would be fantastic to have an easy to use bible for our readers. hopefully sony will drop something soon.

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Old 10-26-2006, 10:20 PM   #3
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While I'm not terribly interested in a portable bible, I bet being able to SEARCH it for passages or vaguely-remembered quotes would be really handy *hint hint Sony*
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Old 10-26-2006, 10:31 PM   #4
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I think there may be a navigation problem... it probably wouldn't be easy to jump to different scriptures, e.g. during a church service. And very few people read a Bible cover to cover like a novel. I agree, though, that it would be really great if it could work.
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:00 AM   #5
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I've been meaning to contact www.OliveTree.com to see if they might be thinking of doing a Reader Bible, but I haven't done it yet....
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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There's not one on Gutenberg? That would be suprising, considering the origin use of his press.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:18 AM   #7
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There are several translations in a number of languages on Gutenberg. I think at least soem are available at manybooks.net formatted for Sony's reader.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:35 AM   #8
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Yeah, I downloaded one of those, but it's so huge that I can't find anything in it.

I even tried adding links to the books and chapters ... well let's just say that navigating that list was a bit cumbersome too.

I'm hoping that someone can create a self-contained executable (like the www.OliveTree.com Bibles for Palms) that will run on the Reader's Linux OS.

For now, I've got a collection of each of the books, and I'm adjusting font, size, etc. As Bob said, it's fine for reading, but too unweildy for use during sermons/classes and such.
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how about multiple languages side-by-side?

hi

a personal preference would be to have two languages side-by-side.
The original and a translation.
"Bible" for me means the Torah, so I'd like to see it in Hebrew and an English translation.
Plus I'd like to see hyperlinked explanations at the page footer that I can jump to with the little joystick. (SONY called it the 5 way cursor or sg like that...)

re: reading it end-to-end like a novel
even though I'm not a religious man, reading the Torah with explanations [edited by the chief Rabbie of England] was _the best_ reading experience of my life. I'd suggest it for everyone especially to Jews.

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I think there may be a navigation problem... it probably wouldn't be easy to jump to different scriptures, e.g. during a church service. And very few people read a Bible cover to cover like a novel. I agree, though, that it would be really great if it could work.
On the other side, the scriptures are pre-scheduled, so it should be possible to do an aplication automagically selecting the scriptures for this day, in the way that UNIX is able to change dates for summer time.
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Hmm we atheist should think something.... Lucretius "De Rerum Natura"?
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:36 PM   #12
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Arivero, That's an awesome idea. One of the "once a day" daily Bible readings books or devotionals would be great on it! (If it's NIV/NKJV or another popular translation, anyway.) There is at least one a Bible out there organized for a daily reading which excerpts daily readings to do good coverage of the Bible in just a few minutes a day, and there are also full Bibles arranged into daily readings, e.g. with some reading from Ps, OT, NT for each day matching one of the reading plans. What a great thing that would be on the Reader's e-ink screen!
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On the other side, the scriptures are pre-scheduled, so it should be possible to do an aplication automagically selecting the scriptures for this day....
Mine aren't, I don't think I've encountered such a thing, aside from those "Read the Bible in One Year" study courses, but you can start those any time....

Or does everybody else know something that I'm missing?

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Ah, if that's what you meant, arivero (what Bob said), then I'm with you now.

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Old 10-27-2006, 05:45 PM   #14
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my thoughts so far are this. Have a group called BIBLE, with the individual books as separate files inside.

Hrmm....thats it so far actually. Nothing too special. Hopefully we can get some BBeB tools soon that will let us create interactive indexes. Then each book of the bible could have a link to a certain grouping of chapters/verses...

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I left a message on the OliveTree.com site, um, Friday I think, and got a reply from them this morning. Nothing particularly substantial: thanks for my suggestion and they passed it along to their developers.
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