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Beware Kindle Touch Firmware Update

The two-three most recent firmware updates for Kindle Touch (5.1.0, 5.1.1, 5.1.2) have brought new features but also much havoc.

One of the new “features” is the “Enhanced Table of Contents.”  What it means is that Amazon removed from the “Go to” menu the link to the (carefully crafted by us) Table of Contents in the book itself and replaced it with the entire contents of an internal toc.ncx file.  For those who know, Amazon basically followed the epub toc custom but, unlike epub, listed all levels of toc by default. In practice, it means that you will see the list of all!!! chapters of the Bible one by one, and if you happen to be reading in the middle of the Bible you will be lost – there is no way you can scroll up through the entire list.  The cumbersome workaround around this mess is to press “Beginning”, then open the “Go to” menu again and select the OT toc or NT toc.

The other blunder is that you will not be able to search reliably any of the books that you had on the Kindle prior to the update (their index file on your Kindle is messed up by the update).  The only solution so far is to delete the book and reinstall (redownload it from Amazon) it again so that Kindle Touch can create a new index file for the book.  This issue also means that DVJ-1 will work only after you delete/reinstall.

The only good news (we have to treat anything that is not broken by Amazon’s update as good news) is that DVJ-2 (see this post) did not receive any harmful attention from Amazon. It still works… but for how long?


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Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness…

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.” (Psalm 130:1)

This is the Psalmist’s statement and plea: he had never ceased to pray even when brought into the lowest state. The depths usually silence all they engulf, but they could not close the mouth of this servant of the Lord; on the contrary, it was in the abyss itself that he cried unto Jehovah. Beneath the floods prayer lived and struggled; yea, above the roar of the billions rose the cry of faith. It little matters where we are if we can pray; but prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises out of the worst places. Deep places beget deep devotion. Depths of earnestness are stirred by depths of tribulation. Diamonds sparkle most amid the darkness. Prayer de profundis gives to God gloria in excelsis. The more distressed we are, the more excellent is the faith which trusts bravely in the Lord, and therefore appeals to him, and to him alone.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

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There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech…


“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord…”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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English-French Parallel Bible; La Bible avec des Textes Parallèles (en Français et Anglais)

Several weeks ago, we released another parallel Bible; this time with English (KJV) and French (Louis Segond) texts.

La Bible avec des Textes Parallèles
English-French Parallel Bible

As usual, this Bible features:

– Direct Verse Jump and Direct Verse Jump 2, revolutionary two methods to open the exact verse you need in mere seconds (not supported by Kindle Fire)
– two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents; and (ii) pressing the 5-way controller right or left to move between books or chapters of the Bible (this last one also is not supported by Kindle Fire). Once you learn all of the four navigation methods, you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy
– easy to determine where you are in the Bible

Complete instructions on how to use this publication are found at the beginning of the publication.

Please note that this edition is not TTS(text-to-speech)-friendly due to the way TTS works on the Kindle.


The book is also available from Amazon France (as in other Amazon stores) and Barnes & Noble (for Nook).

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We have moved!

We have just moved, i.e. changed web hosting for our blog. The address has stayed the same or almost the same. It is be We hope the transition has bee/will be smooth and everything looks preserved intact. The old blog will remain at the address (once we stop the redirect) at least for some time. Most likely your blog subscriptions will have to be updated.

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