By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Gospel Library is the gospel study app of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The library includes the scriptures, general conference addresses, music, learning and teaching manuals, Church magazines, videos, audio recordings, gospel art, and more. Study, search, mark, and share this vast collection.
What's New in Version 4.1.3
* Fixed problems where highlights would sometimes not appear in content
* Fixed issue where role-based content like Handbook 1 would sporadically disappear
* Fixed some performances issues related to Annotation sync
New formatting of Gospel Doctrine manuals is a problem
The new formatting of the Gospel Doctrine manual makes it much more difficult to use when teaching from an iPad. The special fonts and abundance of white space are beautiful but greatly decrease the percentage of the lesson that is visible at one time. Because teaching only permits an occasional glance at the device, it is essential that a person be able to see as much as possible at a time. Decreasing font size to allow seeing as much of the page as with the previous format makes the words themselves difficult to read.
Since the biggest challenge in teaching from a tablet is having only a tiny part of the lesson visible at a time, having that portion made even smaller is not a good trade-off for eye appeal.
Wonderful content, but the “narrators” need to be fixed
First off, I love the content and quick access. I only have one issue, and it’s with the computer generated narrators, they need to be changed. I listen to the Book of Mormon while commuting, and when I cannot sit down and read. I am not sure why the narrators were changed to synthesized speech but the synthesis is not fluid and lacks proper inflections.
Synthesized speech has been shown to reduce a persons ability to recall what was said (Ive noticed this with the new narration), this is due to people being used to normal human speech patterns and inflections, which a computer does not do. Synthesized speech is great for very short messages, not books.
Luckily I still have a copy of the original narration from several years ago.
Annotations within content are more complicated
In some ways a good and needed upgrade (e.g. being able to highlight all content - well, except for personal annotations, but I'm okay with that) but as far as studying goes, it has gotten too complicated. Now I can only scroll through content or have the annotation sidebar open, not both. On iPad you don't have that problem with the sidebar blocking the content, and I like being able to adjust the size of the sidebar. On iPhone, however, it's not good at all, not being able to see what you're reading and have the footnotes/annotations up at the same time. To me, it seriously hinders effective study.
One other note: I do like how it's easier to use different languages interchangeably now, for example in bookmarks, without having to manually switch languages.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: Aug 16, 2017
- Version: 4.1.3
- Size: 76.1 MB
- Languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Tonga, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Seller: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- © 2017 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.