01-01-2011 11:26 AM
Can anyone help me with the most user friendly Bible download??? I am a MInister and some comments have been negative about certain Bibles. Is there one that is quick and easy to download and use? Thanks
01-01-2011 11:46 AM
I downloaded the English Standard Version and the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Both are/were free from the B&N store. I found the ESV easier to navigate than the HCSB. With the ESV you can select a book/chapter easier than you can on the HCSB.
01-01-2011 11:52 AM
01-01-2011 02:53 PM - edited 01-01-2011 03:27 PM
I've tried several. I don't know if you have a strong translation preference, but I can say that I found the KJV, ASV, and ESV the easiest to navigate. Their TOC is organized by book. You touch the book, then at the beginning of each book you have a mini chapter TOC you can touch to get to the desired chapter. Page flipping to the verse is then quick.
I wanted the NASB but avoided downloading it due to complaints. But I finally did it and I'm glad I did. I didn't find it nearly as bad as the complaints indicated. You do have to wait a few seconds after you open it before doing anything, though, for it to get all preloaded I think. But then it responds well if you give it that bit of time up front.
The main navigational issues with most of the others are:
- Some (such as NKJV, NIV, and NIV Study Bible) list each book/chapter in the table of contents as a way to get to a given chapter of a book, then you just quickly scan to the verse. This is only an issue because of the way the TOC is formatted. It's hard to touch the book/chapter name in the TOC without the reader going to the prior page. It's twitchy. The Ampified Bible is also organized this way, but seems to be a little better behaved.
- The NASB, for example, has the TOC organized just by book, not each chapter. Which makes for an easier to navigate TOC. But then you go to the book and you have to scan to get to the chapter you want. There's no chapter specific TOC selectability. A lot more page turning to get to the chapter/verse! I wish it were organized like the KJV and ASV. Also, the NASB version I downloaded does not have the footnotes. Not a huge deal, but in my mind the version isn't "complete" without them.
Overall, they all are usable Bible "readers". In the near future, I'd like to see an actual Bible reader program published which actually has Bible study tools built in as add-ons, like Greek/Hebrew dictionary or whatever, and better footnoting/cross-referencing. I'm sure with the SDK available, there will be some, along with a number of other reference works/materials.
I'd recommend downloading a sample of a couple of your favorite translations and see how they "feel".
[EDIT: I downloaded and tried the ESV ]
01-02-2011 03:08 PM
I like this one. It isn't actually illustrated. It is easy to navigate. Just click "go to" choose the book and then the chapter. From there it is easy to scroll to the verse. I no longer have a Nook Classic. I can just touch the chapter on the screen of my Nook Color. I'm not sure how well that works on Nook Classic. It's on 0.99 so it's work a try. I really like it.
01-02-2011 03:58 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I was having a hard time finding a Catholic bible for my nook. A review said this version has the required books added, which works for me. Thanks again.
Optimist: Someone who isn't sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play. ~Robert Brault
01-03-2011 05:44 AM
A correction to my post above: the NASB translation does have each chapter linked in the TOC. They're separate from the Book links in the TOC.
05-22-2011 05:06 PM
is the ESV for the Nook? and .. is it the version WITH notes or without? I've got the WITH NOTES version, and can't seem to find anything that lets me select the chapter at all. i can select the BOOK of the Bible I want.. but then have to go page by page if I want to get to Chapter 50 let's say. Very slow.