Download the Bible so it can be locked up on your Kindle

imageIf any book is intended to be shared, it is the Bible. Tell that to Amazon, however.

Right now you can download the Holy Bible to your Kindle for free. Made available by Crossway Books and Bibles, this authoritative Holy Scripture comes complete with DRM. Meaning it remains locked up on your Kindle.

No doubt the good folks at Crossway are more concerned with spreading the word than considering how it is spread. Crossway’s number one purpose is “to bring men, women and children to Christ as their Lord and Savior.” My guess is the Lord and Savior would approve of sharing the Good Word. I wonder if He would approve of hacking my Kindle to break the DRM so I could share it further? Maybe I’d better consult my Bible, see what I can find out.

I imagine the Crossway folks don’t have any idea about DRM. And the Amazon people are just plugging another book into the system. Oh, the irony of the humanity of it.

I’ve e-mailed Crossway to see if it has anything to say about the DRM. I’ll update if they do. Oh, and for the record, I downloaded it. Because it’s always good to have a copy of the Bible handy.

Update #1: I have posted a “review” on Amazon.

Update, #2: The folks at Crossway have gotten in touch with me. I’ve asked for permission to put our e-mail communications up here. Stay tuned.

Related: TeleRead’s questions for Authors Guild about mandatory DRM, ePub, text to speech and other topics. You think Jehovah and fans will allow TTS on K2s (Court owns a K1)? – D.R.

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13 Comments on Download the Bible so it can be locked up on your Kindle

  1. John Hagewood // March 3, 2009 at 9:20 am //

    Technical questions for you….how well does it actually read on the kindle…it being so BIG and all? Does it have a decent TOC? Can you navigate to a particular Book and Chapter (ex: Matthew chapter 5) quickly?

    Reason I ask is, I went to a lot of effort to get a working Bible on my Sony Reader. I basically had to buy one that was DRM crackable (forgive me Lord for breaking the law!), then convert it to HTML (thanks to Calibre) then write a custom Java program to break each BOOK in the bible (Genesis, Exodus, etc) into separate LRF books and add CHAPTERS (with TOC) to each representing the chapters in each book.

    Otherwise, the full Bible file loaded horrendously, painfully slow. And even with a decent TOC (like on the Sony KJV I also bought) navigation was very slow.

    Now, though, I can actually use my sliced and diced version in Sunday school. It’s pretty zippy loading and navigating.

  2. John,

    The TOC has links to each Book. Selecting a book gives a list of individual Chapter links.

    You can’t go directly to an individual verse but once you’re in a specific chapter hitting the next page button once or a few times gets you there quite easily/quickly.

    The Menu button allows you to get to the TOC directly from anywhere in the bible so I find navigating to be quick and easy.

  3. Seconding what HeavyG says: you can navigate directly to books but not individual chapters. However, if you know what you’re looking for, you can do a search and it should take you right there. This can be annoyingly slow, though, since a search goes through all your files and not just the Bible.

    On the whole, though, it’s pretty user-friendly. I’d give it my whole-hearted recommendation if not for the DRM.

  4. Sorry – I meant to say you can go to chapters, but not individual verses.

  5. Garson O'Toole // March 4, 2009 at 5:42 am //

    The Holy Bible English Standard Version (ESV) by Crossway is available at the “official website” This appears to be the same version mentioned by Court Merrigan that is offered on the Kindle.

    You can read and search the ESV Bible online with a browser, and you can even listen to a streaming professional narration for each section. But there does not appear to be a simple way to download it for free (without spidering it).

    There are quite a few historically important spiritual texts that are freely available on the web. For example: the Babylonian Talmud, Bhagavad Gita, Book of Mormon, Bible, Quran, and Egyptian Book of the Dead. Perhaps some of these will be made available in free Kindle editions if they are not available already. (Kindle apparently has limited language support, so images might be needed.)

    Of course, often there are multiple versions from different time periods using different translations. Sometimes one textual version of a holy document was official sanctioned while another version was formally anathematized.

    Multiple versions of the same root urtext provide evidence that there was e-Babel even before electricity. An ancient David Rothman scratching on papyrus might have railed against e-Babel while demanding open access to the Library of Alexandria. I can envision him scolding and inspiring people in the rubble of the fallen tower.

  6. John Hagewood // March 4, 2009 at 9:31 am //

    HeavyG and Court: thanks for the input.

    This morning I grabbed the iPhone Kindle app and “bought” this free Bible. It seems like the MUST be loading in “chunks”. Very snappy response navigating around on my iPhone!

  7. Thanks for the link, Garson. I somehow missed that browsing around their site. But as you say, not downloadable, at least not to the Kindle.

    I’m still communicating with Crossway. They seem to have their hearts in the right place, anyway.

    Funny, that, about ancient e-Babel.

  8. We have just released what we believe is the most useful electronic Bible currently available on the Kindle for $1.99. For the first time, it incorporates the Direct Verse Jump navigation method.

    To get a free sample and to learn how to use all of its features, please visit:

  9. –“We have just released what we believe is the most useful electronic Bible currently available on the Kindle for $1.99. For the first time, it incorporates the Direct Verse Jump navigation method.”–

    Thats interesting, and the free sample. Can I post this link on

    and, no , I won’t be hacking my Kindle 😉

  10. This is an old thread I know, but I’m hopeful… I’m looking for a NIV version of the Bible, with a proper TOC and such for my Kindle on PC, I’d prefer free, though I can pay a little for it if it’s really good.


  11. Thank you

  12. No offense but why worry about it since anyone with a Kindle can download it for free?

  13. I’ve tried to download, it from Amazon and i seem to fail can someone please assist me on how to download the bible for my kindle, my Email is or send another link here PLEASE

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