The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition
Holman Christian Standard Bible Optimized for Digital Readers
Holman Bible Publishers
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
This updated text edition of the HCSB is optimized for easy reading on digital devices. Free from the visual clutter of footnotes, cross references, and other links, this edition is fast to navigate and easy to use.
The HCSB was developed by 100 scholars and English stylists from 17 denominations, who prayerfully translated what is one of the most significant Bible translations available today. The HCSB reflects linguistic advances in vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and formatting while it retains meaningful theological terms. In the HCSB you'll find God's personal name (Yahweh), the use of "Messiah" in the New Testament, and the use of "slave" in the New Testament, just to name a few examples. Also, you'll notice the contemporary speech patterns in the HCSB mean that words like "behold" and "shall" are not used. Instead, words or phrases that are common today can be found in their place.
The HCSB employs a first-of-its kind translation philosophy known as Optimal Equivalence, which seeks to achieve an optimal balance of literary precision and emotive clarity through a comprehensive analysis of the text at every level. This process assures maximum transfer of both words and thoughts contained in the original.
Great Bible text, but this e-version is not useable. TOC doesn't link to actual book, and you'd have to flip each page one at a time to get where you'd want to read.
Ebook performance needs to be reviewed
I am only commenting on the responsiveness of this ebook. This is my first ebook on the iPad. When compared to BibleHD iPad app, browsing the HCSB ebook feels slow, pages flip with a delay, rotating the screen rotates the text but with again an unacceptable delay. This why I only gave it 2 stars.
Table of contents doesn't work
I was very disappointed to find out the table of contents doesn't work properly. There are no page numbers so each Book title takes you to page one. With over 7000 pages with most Book titles being words that are used often in the scriptures it is difficult to use the search function as well.
However, the writing/translation is well done.