Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) on E-Readers: Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook

Hebrew Bible for E-ReadersHebrew Bible (Tanakh) for Kindle

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Description

Kindle Hebrew Bible Screenshot Genesis 1 Part 1

Genesis 1:1-7a

Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is a complete Hebrew Bible in an aesthetically pleasing Hebrew script. It contains all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks (accents), and other symbols. It follows the text of the Leningrad Codex as digitized by the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. This is the same manuscript underlying Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) and Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ).

In addition, the Kindle version has The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary, by Humphrey H. Hardy, appended to it.

Click on the screenshots to the right to enlarge them to see how good the Hebrew will look on your Kindle or Nook. In fact, we think they look significantly better on the e-ink displays of the Kindle and the Nook than they do on your monitor.

Navigation

Kindle Hebrew Bible Screenshot Genesis 1 Part 2

Genesis 1:7b-11

Most books that you read on the Kindle and the Nook are read linearly. That is, you read one page after the next. However, this is often not the case with the Bible, so we have provided a variety of techniques for you to be able to navigate efficiently and effectively. Both the Kindle version and the Nook version provide you with fully interactive tables of contents from which you select the book of the Bible and then the chapter within that book. They both allow you to navigate to a particular chapter by searching for the book name and chapter (e.g. “Genesis 12”). They also both provide ways in which you can quickly type in a precise verse to which to navigate (e.g. “ge 12 3” for Genesis 12:3). The details differ between the two platforms, but you can read more detail on how to navigate the Kindle Hebrew Bible and how to navigate the Nook Hebrew Bible.

FAQ

I purchased the Hebrew Bible for Kindle, but how do I get it onto my Kindle?

Click the following link for detailed installation instructions.

Does this Hebrew Bible really contain all of the consonants, vowels, cantillation marks, and other symbols in the Leningrad Codex?

It absolutely does, and it is rendered beautifully.

I have heard that the Kindle and Nook do not support Hebrew and do not support right-to-left in general. Is this true?

This is indeed basically true. However, we at Miklal have never let platform limitations stop us before. Whether for our own products or for products for our clients, we have used a variety of techniques to produce beautiful Biblical Hebrew on a wide variety of platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm. We have now added Kindle and Nook to that list.

There are free Kindle and Nook apps for platforms other than the e-readers themselves (e.g. PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.). Can I use these Hebrew Bibles on the Kindle and Nook apps for platforms other than the e-readers themselves?

Yes! In fact, even if you do not own an e-reader, you can purchase this resource for use on these other platforms at a small fraction of the price you would pay for the Hebrew Bible in a good Bible software package. Be aware, however, that these e-books have been optimized for use on the e-readers themselves in portrait mode. The line lengths might not be ideal on other platforms, and they might not display properly on smartphones with small screens. For example, the Hebrew Bible does not display well in the Kindle for iPhone app.

These e-readers were not designed for Biblical Hebrew. Are there any limitations I should know about?

Yes, there are a few. The Hebrew/Aramaic text cannot be resized. It is presented in a size similar to that of the larger of the two popular sizes for print editions of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS). The Hebrew text cannot be searched, and the e-reader will not read the Hebrew Bible to you! On Nook models that give you the option, you should select “Publisher Defaults.” On the Kindle, you should set the margins to be as small as possible.

I’m ready to purchase. Can I do so from your website, or should I go to the Amazon Kindle store/B&N Nook store?

Purchase your Hebrew Bible for Kindle from us if you have a Kindle, or purchase your Hebrew Bible from Barnes & Noble if you have a Nook.

Do you sell other Bible-related resources for Kindle or Nook as well?

We do sell other Bible-related resources. View the related Kindle and Nook Bible resources below, or you can see a listing of Miklal’s Kindle books at Amazon and a listing of Miklal’s Nook books at B&N. For English Bibles, various Bible publishers have produced Bibles for several of the major translations. We have produced a couple of public domain English Bibles as well (King James Version and Jewish Publication Society 1917 translation). There are many other versions of public domain Bibles in the stores. Among these, we heartily recommend those produced by Osnova since they are always well-formatted and contain excellent navigational tools.

I have more questions. What should I do?

We would be more than happy to answer your questions. Please do contact us.

I am a publisher and would like to talk about producing a parallel/interlinear Bible or another e-book. What should I do?

Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Reviews

“One could not ask for a more visually pleasing text from which to read the Hebrew Bible. … This offering provides a giant leap forward for eReaders and a must have for everyone from the casual student to the serious scholar.” –DailyHebrew.com

“…the text in both [the Kindle and Nook] versions looks as professional as the type in my hardcopy Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. …the final result is impressive…. The Hebrew Bible for Kindle and Nook includes a fairly sophisticated navigation system—one that is more feature rich than most eReader titles.” –ThisLamp.com

Related Resources

The Comprehensive Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic Glossary (Available for Kindle and Nook)

Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary of the Bible (Available for Kindle and Nook)

Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the Bible (Available for Kindle and Nook)

Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary of the Bible (Available for Kindle and Nook)