02 November 2010

Free LDS Scriptures and other publications on Kindle

I've taken some time to find the best method available for accessing the scriptures and other publications for FREE.

LDS Standard Works
You have a few choices in the Kindle store, most of which don't contain the Bible Dictionary, Topical Guide and most importantly, footnotes with links that work. Currently the best available free Kindle-friendly copy of the Scriptures containing the aforementioned resources can be found here. This set was originally designed for the Blackberry and is in mobipocket format. Simply download the .prc file and email it to your @free.kindle.com email address or copy it onto your Kindle via the USB cable.

In order to use the Topical Guide and Bible Dictionary directly (i.e. without clicking a footnote), simply begin typing a word (on the Kindle Keyboard) or touch the search box (on the Kindle Touch) while you have the scriptures open.

Other publications
The church recently started generating its publications in EPUB format. Even though the Kindle does not support EPUB format, they can easily be converted to the MOBI format that Kindle supports. With the help of a fantastic ebook library application called Calibre, you can download the EPUB formatted files and add them to your library in Calibre and it will convert them to .mobi format for you. Then you can just add them via USB or your @free.kindle.com email address.
Calibre can be found here
The EPUB formatted publications can be found here

If you find this post useful, leave a comment!

48 comments:

  1. I have been searching for scriptures to put on my kindle...I found this site and it worked perfectly- for FREE! You can't beat that.
    Many thanks

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  2. I was able to download the blackberry version to my computer and copy it straight to my kindle with no issues.

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  3. Thank you! That was one reson I wanted a Kindle - easier to carry scriptures. I was afraid I was going to have to buy one of the $10 versions.

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  4. I clicked on the first "here" and recieved an error? Is the link still live?

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  5. That link appears to be broken now. Let me see if I can fix it. Thanks for the heads up.

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  6. It appears the ldspocket.com site is down at the moment so I have put a link to another copy of the file.

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  7. The original link is back online.

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  8. I agree with Evenspor that I really want to get a kindle so that I can have a copy of the LDS scriptures everywhere. I love reading the paper bound copy at my house, but a digital copy would definitely fit better in my purse.

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  9. Getting my Kindle today for Mother's Day. I was excited to see I could get my scriptures this way. Thanks for your post.

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  10. Thank you for your post. I bought a copy of the scriptures, but was frustrated at not having the footnotes and other reference materials. Now I will.

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  11. Any way to get this viewable on the kindle apple apps and all synched together? Because when I email it to my kindle email address it isn't available on the kindle apps so I can't leverage the same highlights, notes, and reading location across them all...

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  12. @Mel

    Unfortunately, the only way to make use of the syncing features that Amazon offers is to purchase material from their store. You can manually add these files to your Kindle app on your computer so that you can read it on there, but the highlights and bookmarks, etc will not sync between the devices.

    That is a real drag because the Amazon editions of the scriptures don't have footnotes or anything and they aren't free. So it is a trade-off at this point.

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  13. Actually, it sounds like the Amazon store may have a copy similar to this Blackberry edition that also has footnotes. So if you want syncing badly enough, you can buy it.

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  14. Thanks. Which version is that?

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  15. I just looked at samples of a half dozen versions available in the Kindle store. So far I have only found one set that contains the entire Standard Works as well as footnotes at a cost of $5. The other options either lack the bible or linked footnotes. If I were you, I would download a sample copy and check it out before buying. If it looks like it will do what you want then go for it.

    One thing I noticed about this set is the comments for it are horrible. But if you read the description, they were recently revised and most of the comments are now irrelevant.

    Another nice thing about these $5 ones is they are text-to-speech enabled. The free Blackberry edition I mention in the article doesn't allow listening for some reason.

    I think syncing and text-to-speech, if truly functional, are two features worth $5.

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  16. Unfortunately upon further inspection, the above $5 scriptures do not have the index or bible dictionary.

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  17. Hi I am very new to all this. In fact, we have just purchased our Kindle but it has not arrived yet. I've been looking at different sets of e-scriptures and am so glad to find your site. My one question is where is the @free.kindle.com located. The only thing I found on Amazon.com is the @Kindle.com and it says it will require a small fee to send an attachment. Perhaps the @free.kindle.com they have done away?

    Thanks,
    JJMOm

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  18. @JJMOm, congrats on your purchase! The @free.kindle.com address exists for everyone that has an @kindle.com address. The part before the @ stays the same. The difference is, your documents will only be delivered via wifi when available, thus avoiding the charge for using 3g. This address is mentioned on the "manage your kindle" page in the section where you specify your charge limit. It is further explained here. I always set my charge limit to zero just in case.

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  19. Drew,

    Thank you so so so much!!! I did set the charge limit to zero too :) We really appreciate your taking time to answer our questions and explain in such details!!! Thank you!

    JJMom

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  20. I found the .prc version had the standard works, but no topical guide or bible dictionary. I just downloaded and loaded the .prc version straight onto my kindle 3.

    I'm a bit new at all this kindle stuff, so was that file supposed to come with the BD and TG? If not, it doesn't matter and I can live without it.

    Many thanks for pointing out a decently navigable set of Standard works for the kindle at no cost to me. And thank you for pointing how to get other church pubs onto my kindle, I now have calibre on my laptop.

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  21. The Topical Guide and bible dictionary are accessible if you start typing into the search bar. Just start typing a word or phrase while viewing the scriptures on your kindle and it will start searching the dictionary and TG. You can also click on footnotes that reference the dictionary and topical guide and it will take you there. You are correct that you can't go directly to it as it is not listed in the table of contents though.

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  22. Fantastic! Thank you so much for your help! I did a quick search on this weeks lesson topic and up came the index. Wow! I am so pleased and it looks nicely formatted as well. A double bonus as far as I am concerned.

    Thanks once again!

    Liz (the anonymous poster from June 28; 3.01am!)

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  23. This has been very helpful! Thank you!

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  24. I saw a link to here on tech.lds.org.

    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! Calibre works great and I'm so excited to be able to convert from .lit to .mobi.

    Yay!

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  25. oook ... i looked and looked ad looked and can't find the free scriptures on the page (MSReader format on Pocket PC) you referenced ... there are a lot of church publications: manuals, ensigns, etc, but no scriptures ...

    i cannot imagine why there is no clearly defined scripture download for the kindle -- i received mine a couple of days ago and am totally and completely frustrated ....

    help ...... darlene

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  26. Darlene,

    As I mentioned above, the best free copy of the scriptures can be found at the following link.
    http://www.ldspocket.com/freeebook/LDSScriptBB.zip

    The church site is good for getting other church publications but not the scriptures. I agree that they should have a kindle site as well, but for now it looks like they are sticking with the epub format which kindle users will have to convert using a program like Calibre into mobi format.
    http://lds.org/manual/epub?lang=eng

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  27. Thanks for the link to the BB scriptures! Works very well with Kindle. Happy New Year,

    Benj

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  28. Drew - Thank you for spending your talent and time to share this information with the rest of us. You are a blessing to us. Margie

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  29. Excellent info -- thank you VERY MUCH!!

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  30. P.S.
    I just loaded the Blackberry Scriptures on my Kindle Touch -- looks like it's just the standard works (i.e., no dictionary, Topical Guide, etc.) The footnotes work great. Am I missing something to get the Bible dictionary and Topical Guide, etc.?

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  31. The topical guide/bible dictionary information is automatically searched when you use the search function within the scriptures. In fact I believe that this book replaces the internal kindle dictionary with the bible dictionary. So when you search for a word it actually uses these tools rather than the normal dictionary. Great question!

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  32. Yes, worked just like you described! This is great -- thank you again! And keep up the great work!

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  33. For some reason it didn't work for me. I plugged it in and put it on, and it showed up like normal. I went on it for a minute and then went back to start, and it disappeared. I plugged it back in and checked that it was on, and unplugged it. I went back on, and the same thing happened. I put it in a collection and it disappeared again, even though it said it was in there. Finally I took it off and took it back on. Now it is working, but it still says it has one too many in my collection.

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  34. I tried changing (with Calibre) the blackberry version of the scriptures which I did manage to upload to my laptop, but it said it was DRM (?) protected, so could not change it? Am I doing something wrong that is perfectly obvious to everyone else? I am excited to have the scriptures on my kindle if I can!

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  36. Becky, the blackberry scriptures do not need to be converted using Calibre like the other publications. They are already in .prc format which is acceptable on the Kindle. So just transfer the .prc files onto your kindle either using USB or email and it should just work. Let me know if you have any other trouble.

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  37. I also have the DRM problem on the Kindle touch. Calibre can't open, so I tried to directly put in the "documents" folder of the kindle touch and nothing ever showed up on the kindle.

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    1. If it isn't showing up for some reason when you copy it over USB, try using your @free.kindle.com address to send it to your Kindle. I don't have a Kindle Touch so I can't really test it. I have never had issues when I have just emailed the .prc file to my Kindle address.

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  38. When I email it it'll show up on the Amazon Web site (where you manage your kindle) but not on the kindle. I've tried all the different ways I can think of to do this. Perhaps it just doesn't work on the touch.

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  39. I am confident that it works on the kindle touch. Restart your kindle by hitting menu, settings, menu, restart.

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  40. In an effort to help the Kindle community I have converted most church materials into the native MOBI format. All are free and available for download here.

    http://ldskindlemobi.blogspot.com/

    Perhaps someday the church will have an official app for the Kindle Touch but in the mean time you can get all the content here.

    I hope everyone finds this useful.

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  41. 2013 Curriculum
    If your interested the following Church Curriculum is available in the Kindle and EPUB (Nook) formats. See the following Blog: http://lds-docs-on-kindle.blogspot.com/p/available-documents.html

    Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual
    Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide
    Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow

    Youth (These are released monthly)
    Come, Follow Me: Aaronic Priesthood
    Come, Follow Me: Young Women
    Come, Follow Me: Sunday School

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  42. Most manuals are available on the church website in EPUB format now and can easily be converted to MOBI (Kindle compatible) using Calibre.

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  43. i am having a really hard time with this for some reason... i have kindle paperwhite... i copied the file to my computer, and tried to put it on the kindle from there, but it says it is in the kindle file on my computer, but when i check the kindle, it is not there... any help?

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