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The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References): Old and New Testaments

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References): Old and New Testaments [Kindle Edition]

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Product Description

The English Standard Version (ESV) Bible is an essentially literal Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning.

The ESV Bible is equipped with an enhanced navigation feature. Kindle's index feature can be used to navigate directly to any verse. This feature is not supported on the Kindle 1 or any Kindle applications.

This edition includes cross-references within the text.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22620 KB
  • Print Length: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (9 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EOCFU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great text implemented inelegantly 18 Jan 2011
By JC64
Format:Kindle Edition
I really like the ESV text so why the 2 stars? Because of issues to do with formatting and navigation. I use Kindle 3 (I do not know if my comments apply to other Kindle models) and here is what I have found:

- It is hard to know which book of the bible you are in. The chapter headings consist of chapter and verse number only (e.g. 5:1) and if you press the menu button (which is the usual way of finding the book name) hoping to see Isaiah or whatever, you will instead see "The Holy Bible English Standa..." which you probably knew anyway. How do I know if the 5:1 at the top of the screen means Isaiah 5:1 or Jeremiah 5:1? It would be better if the start of each chapter identified the book name (or its abbreviation) alongside the chapter and verse.

- Similarly, bookmarks do not identify the book that they are in. I keep seven bookmarks - one for each day of the week. When I look at the list of bookmarks I see the location number (Kindle's equivalent of page number) and a few lines of text from that location. It would be so useful to see, for example, Ps 51:3 alongside the location number.

- With some Kindle e-books pressing the right or left arrows on the 5-Way controller takes you to the next or previous chapter respectively. On the ESV this doesn't work. It would be useful if it did.

- To my eye the section headings are disproportionately big compared to the font size of the text. It would be aesthetically more pleasing if they were smaller.

- If a chapter starts with a section heading and you use the table of contents to go to that chapter, the section heading will be on the previous page. This is especially significant in Psalms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong. I Like the ESV (Anglisised because I am a Brit). In fact the ESV is my preferred 'Word for word' translation of the Bible and I use the print version almost every day. But to the Kindle version, on a Kindle, there are Pros and Cons.

1) It is FREE. That is amazing and warrants it 5 stars! (American version only, the Anglicised you still have to pay for)

2) Because you can search on the kindle (using Menu/Search you have a built in exhaustive concordance, (The thin one at the back of this edition, print and ebook, is a bit frustrating because is so thin and inevitably seems to think the reference you want was not important enough to include). However, in Search, it shows you the location ref (5 digit numeric code) and a 4 line context, not the Bible ref so to find out where it is you select the location and get hotlinked to the page and from there can get the Bible ref.

3) Once you find what you want to read, it is clear and easy reading. The English is clear, mainly contemporary, not dumbed down, direct.
4) This is a cross-reference edition. Crossreferencing a bible is not easy and you have to learn how to use the system of your preferred bible. The ESV crossreferencing system is just fine in print but on the Kindle it is BETTER. Because when you have selected your cross ref (scroll up or down, left & right till the little pointy hand shows near the cross ref letter) you get sent to the refs for that section (you have to remember your letter) then you select the reference you want and you are hot-linked straight to the page, without having to turn a page. Great!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a writer and have just bought myself a Kindle. Over the years a number of colleagues in the biz have recommended that I read The Bible - or, at least, some of it - as literature, as it has some cracking stories and characters. (I'm not out to offend anyone who follows the Book in a religious aspect!)

This Kindle version - The Holy Bible English Standard Version (ESV) - I've found to be the best for casual reading. There is a linked TOC to each book plus all the chapters (displayed as a long list). Verses are not linked, but there are so many of them that it hardly seems worth it anyway. The verses are indicated by embolded numbers within the text. At first, I thought this would be a distraction - it isn't. New chapters are indicated by slightly larger embolded numbers at the beginning of the first line, followed by the first verse number (e.g. 24:1). Footnotes are indicated by hyperlinked numbers contained in square brackets within the text. What is also great about this edition is the inclusion of "story sub-headings" - these are not officially part of The Bible but they help to indicate the key stories of the text (such as Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Isaac, etc). As these headings are not linked in the TOC, they are handy to use as bookmark points.

This English Standard Version translation is very suitable for modern-day readers. It does not contain "modernised" text, but it is updated just enough to provide a comfortable read.

I would recommend this to any Kindle user who has a casual interest in The Bible.
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