- File Size: 19587 KB
- Publisher: LDS Book Club (Packard Technologies) (January 3, 2008)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HRYAXY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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LDS Scriptures - LDS eLibrary with over 350,000 Links, Standard Works, Commentary, Manuals, History, Reference, Music and more (Illustrated, over 100) Kindle Edition
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I got comfortable with the standard works that I downloaded from the LDS web site. They had the cross indexing that I needed.
When I got the Kindle in May I discovered that Blackberry had the standard works for free. I downloaded them and used them on my Kindle 3G. I also downloaded from the Church web site the Gospel Princples and the Sunday School manual. The only draw back being that they were not interconnected with the standard works. I was not able to go to the scripture references in the manual and back again.
I also didn't have the topical guide or the Bible dictionary.
These were small "problems" which I learned to live with and ignore.
I have tried, literally, every single set of LDS related scriptures that are currently on offer here at Amazon, hoping to find that single set that would let me connect the dots, so to speak. I was looking for a set that would let me cross reference, annotate, and effectively, allow me to use my scriptures on the Kindle as I would with my paper bound set.
I was disapointed at each turn. One of them would have what I needed, but for some inane reason while I could do the cross referencing and cross checking, it was a one way journey; I wasn't able to back track to my original starting point. Another set took forever to load up and was slower than molasses in January.
Another left out the Joseph Smith Translation, in favor of a set of "scriptures" that the LDS Church doesn't acknowledge as being 100% accurate.
All roads, it seemed led me back to my trusty Blackberry set of Standard Works. I wasn't one to complain, they are a freebe and do what I want them to do, insofar as the cross referencing within the scriptures are concerned.
Then came the LDS Scriptures by LDS eLibary. I downloaded the free sample and was immediately impressed with the books that are included with the Standard works. The Gospel Doctrine Manauls, Gospel Principles manuals, all hyperlinked to the scriptures, and, even better, all of them allowing me to back track to my starting point in that particular manual that I was reading from. Teaching my Priesthood Group will that much easier now that I can use the scripture links if needed.
The scriptures themselves are 100% idential to those that I am using at the moment, even to the formatting. It's identical to the Blackberry scriptures. Having access to the Bible Dictionary for example, is another bonus too.
If I had any sort of disapointment on this this set it would be in two areas:
1. I have the feeling that the Blackberry scriptures and the quad that is on this set are the same. It's a shame that I'm not able to merge my footnotes and comments onto the new set. It's not a huge problem and does not detract from the quality and the ease of use of the product. I'm just a bit of a lazy git and I guess I want more.
2. I would hope, at some point in the future that more books could be added into the collection, it would be nice to see this existing set added to a complete LDS library of books, along the lines of Gospelink or the LDS Collectors Library for example.
3. One addition I would dearly love to see added to this collection would be the entire text of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. What is on offer here is identical to the extracts that are currently being used, however there is so much more that the JST offers. While there is a complete JST available for the Kindle elsewhere, the formating is not up to par. Having a JST, cross referenced with the KJV for example would be a more than welcome addition to the library, even though it would take some considerable time and effort to do the linking etc. Anyway, that's my "If only..." type of comment about the books that are included in this set.
I'm a bit of a middle aged nurd and really enjoy reading about the Restoration and about the doctorinal development of the LDS Church, and would really like to have a 1-stop-shop on my Kindle for my reading. The Teachings of Joseph Smith, and Gospel Doctrine, which contains sermon extracts from his nephew Joseph F. Smith are included, and they wet my appitite. I feel like Oliver going to the cook and saying "Please sir, I want some more".
There is a nitche here to be filled and I think that this product goes a long way in beginning the process of filling it. Were they to release a whole library of goodies, I would be among the first to buy it.
Overall however I could not be more pleased with this set of books. They deliver exactly what they promised, and, thus far I am not disapointed with what I've got.
Other than the Blackberry set of scriptures, this set is by far, the BEST set of scriptures that are on the market for the Kindle today. I write this after trying all, and I do mean that, all of the others.
I'd give it more stars but it's not possible, and I wouldn't want the owners to blush even more than they might be already.
All things considered, I am pleased with my purchase. It gives me what I was looking for - a close approximation of my Quad for my Kindle. From what I looked at, (until the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes out with it's own Kindle version, like the online scriptures you can use through the lds.org website), this really is the best thing out there, with its many, MANY links to footnotes, cross references, etc. :)
You can find the app in the Google Play Store. Using a Samsung droid tablet.
I'd like the following features to be added someday to this Kindle edition of the scriptures:
1. I'd love the footnotes to indicate "JST" or "GR" (for Greek in the New Testament) or "HEB" (for Hebrew in the Old Testament) so I'll know if I want to click on them. In my paper scriptures, I only look at those footnotes.
2. I'd love it if I could jump ahead or back to the next (or previous) chapter. The right and left arrows of the five-way navigator button don't do anything when I'm in the text, and they could be used that way.
One could use bookmarks to navigate, but that kind of defeats the purpose. It doesn't really work any better on my tablet.
If you only have an ereader, this might be good for you if you want to read through it all sequentially, but if you have a tablet or a smart phone, I'd suggest getting the LDS Scriptures App for just a few dollars more. Or even better, grab the Gospel Library put out by the church. It's free and well organized.
Overall, I was very disappointed.