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World English Bible Paperback – March 25, 2014
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As far as a Bible in book form goes, it is "meh."
+ The font size is acceptable. When you have over 31,000 verses to fit in a book that the average person can lift AND printed on paper thick enough that you can turn the pages, you have to make the font a little smaller, but this font size is good. However, an acceptable font size has come at a price...
- Formatting - I assume the formatting shortcomings are due to maintaining an acceptable font size and number of pages. There has been no effort taken in showing the literary characteristics of the text such a poetic lines, theme and paragraph breaks, section headings, etc. The text simply runs on word-wrapped from a chapter's beginning to its end. These features, along with the narrow justified margins, make it a little more difficult to read in spite of the acceptable font size. It does sport a healthy gutter margin (so you're not cracking the book in two to read text close to the binding), as well as page guides to make it easier to find the book and chapter you're seeking.
- Cover & Binding - I've used it for about 3 days and the cover is curling and the binding is showing signs that it won't last. The book does not lay flat, however the paper seems like regular-bond typing paper making it easy to turn the pages.
I think if the book size was slightly wider and taller then they could have increased the font size and given it the spacing to read easily and REALLY hit a homerun!!
Looks like I will need to find a place to typeset and print my own....
1) It's public domain. Users are explicitly free to copy and use it anywhere.
2) It's in modern English. There are no Thees and Thous and -eths. The language is not so full of 21st century idioms as to surprise readers, as, for example, The Living Bible and The Message sometimes (often, in the case of The Message) do. But it's not so archaic as to turn new readers off. There are some unusual words that the translators felt that they had to include, from Abaddon, and adultery to teraphim and Yahweh (which is the word used for God's name, in this translation). These uncommon words are explained in a glossary.
The biggest flaw is the rudimentary navigation. The "Go to" doesn't so much as go to the Table of Contents. There IS a Table of Contents, however, and the first thing a new user of this edition should do is to find that Table and Bookmark it, so that it turns up in "View My Notes & Marks." When you go to the Table of Contents, you get links to the book of your choice (Proverbs, for example). There is no way to get to Proverbs 15, or Psalm 75, once you get to Psalms or Proverbs, save by flipping pages until you get there, or by searching for it (unless, of course, you have previously Bookmarked it).
There are hyperlinked notes, to related passages, or to alternate renderings, but no maps, charts, or other helps.
There is an on-line version, at [...], which is public domain, and is free. You can go to a selected chapter more easily with that version, and the on-line version includes the Apocrypha, which is not in the edition reviewed here. But the on-line version requires an active Internet connection, and you can't see adjacent chapters at once -- to get from Romans 3 to Romans 4, you have to start over, whereas in the edition under review, you can see adjacent chapters following or preceding each other, at the same time, or flip back and forth between chapters that are close together, without starting over.
The price of this Kindle version is good, less than $2. It's a bargain at that price.
-Hope Hopkins https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B013FLLQ4O/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_b013fllq4o