The Chinese Union Version was published in 1919 and is currently the dominant Bible translation in the Chinese language. A free Kindle (it can also be used with any Mobipocket reader) edition from OSNOVA is posted here. We do not speak or write Chinese, so we cannot vouch for quality of the text.
Features of this Kindle edition of the CUV Bible:
- Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in mere seconds (see below)
- two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents; and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between books of the Bible. Once you learn all of the three 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.
- it is easy to determine where you are in the Bible
- as any Kindle book, the Bible is fully searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible (about 10 minutes). The file is large and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed
Direct Verse Jump – a revolutionary navigation method using the search functionality:
In this version, all you need to do is type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list, the abbreviations should be capitalized, note that abbreviations are different from other Bibles published by OSNOVA), then period, then chapter number, period again, and then verse number and finally press “find” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you just need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Do not forget periods and use only the abbreviations that are listed in the table of contents.
For example, for John 3:16, you type John.3.16 (should be capitalized) and double click “find”.
Note: that you should put the chapter number even for books that have only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to Jude.1.5 and a double click.