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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]

Crossway Bibles
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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (547 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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88 of 97 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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29 of 34 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hated it 10 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would not recommend this product since it is not user friendly and is very confusing to operate with and read
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A Kindle Bible with decent indexes 13 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wish I'd seen this first! To get to a book, go to Menu, Index and type the first letters of the book abbreviation. As you type, a list appears of books that start with those letters. As you continue to type a space and a number (use the Alt key to type numbers) the list scrolls to the chapter you want, space and type your verse number which will scroll to the top of the page. You can press the down arrow on the 5-way controller to get to the verse you want at any time when you've had enough of typing.

There are some handy footnotes (eg. a hin was about 3.5 litres). The ESV text is a reasonably good version.

At last, a Bible that really works with the Kindle.

Update - and now the newly discovered bad news: Unfortunately, this version isn't very good at optimizing Kindle's native text find. A search for Take my yoke found 2 Sam 24:16 which contains the 3 words but not in that order, however, it didn't find Matthew 11:29 where the exact phrase appears. The KJV Easy Navigate eBook by Hendrickson Bibles(which does not have the same ease for finding a chapter and verse) did find Matthew 11:29, while the American Standard Version found both the 2 Samuel and the Matthew 11 references. I don't understand why the free bible on my antiquated Palm VX can take me easily to a chapter and verse from any page AND find an exact phrase while a sophisticated piece of kit like a Kindle can't do it.

Further update: I now see the problem with the Find. The verse in Matthew had a hyperlink immediately in front of the word Take. Because the Kindle only finds whole words, it read the hyperlink as being part of the word. The Find function could thus be vastly improved simply by putting a space between the hyperlink and the word. The example was unfortunate - text without hyperlinks within it could be found.
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