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GREAT Translation, but how does a major publisher bungle the TOC this badly for a Kindle Bible?
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
I don't normally go out of my way to write critical or bland reviews for books on Amazon, since I'm also an author and understand the hard work that goes into producing content and marketing it. And my gripe with this isn't the author's fault, so the content itself is FIVE stars, hands down!
However, the publisher really dropped the ball on the Kindle formatting with this release, and by the looks of the reviews, the print version as well.
First, the good:
I LOVE the Passion Translation, and to date have bought almost every single Kindle book Brian Simmons has produced, often times at the same price as "full length" books, just because I think his work is valuable and a great service to the Body of Christ. When I first saw the entire New Testament and Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Solomon in one book instead of having to have a bunch of different files on my Kindle in order to access passages in the TPT, I was excited and pre-ordered it.
Once I finally got my hands on it, I started reading Song of Solomon and didn't notice the glaring navigation problems until I thought I'd check some segments out of John 14, 15, and 16 for a small study I was doing on passages from those chapters. I couldn't believe a digital Bible would neglect to include a way to easily navigate to the individual chapters of each NT book from the TOC menu. So, if you want to read a specific chapter out of the Psalms for example, you have to go to the beginning of it and swipe forward until you get to the chapter you want. Or I suppose go to Proverbs and swipe back. Either way, a time waster if you just wanted to open it up and read later in a book or reference something from it.
Either way, I'm surprised this made its way onto Amazon with this major oversight. When this is fixed I'll adjust my review and publicly give it the five stars it otherwise deserves.
June 27th, 2019 Update:
As some commenters on my review have pointed out, the TOC has been updated. Perhaps they've not used the same Kindle Bibles as I have, as this is still a BIT more convoluted to navigate than it need be compared to how other publishers set up their Kindle Bibles.
When you go to the link you're taken to the beginning of the letter/Gospel, but there's not an obvious way to navigate to the specific chapter of that book if you wanted to follow along with a preaching during a service or something like that on your Kindle device or app. It took e a long time to realize that the end of the previous book has the chapter links for the next one. So for example, if you wanted to go to a specific chapter in John, and you go to the "go to" tab on your Kindle reader like I did, you're taken to the introduction for John. If you swipe BACKWARD, you're shown the chapter links. If you're using an app, like the one for your Mac or PC, it show in the TOC that you're actually in Luke.
It took me forever to realize the chapter links were included because this is NOT an intuitive way to set up your chapters, IMO but I'll take it over the way the TOC was sorely lacking before!