I am happy to report that ESV has done it. They integrated the DVJ-2 (keeping the DVJ book abbreviations!) and 5-way controller moves between books OR chapters (I didn’t advertise this new feature that was quietly rolled out in December or January; the idea was suggested to me by a customer) into the ESV Study Bible!
They call it “Direct Access to Any Verse.”
It was at my nudging but without my help. (Actually, their blog reader Eric suggested that they use my DVJ back in January 22, 2010, I wrote to them emails somewhat later) Please read the
announcement and my comment here [UPDATE: the review was deleted from Amazon]. Their blog announcement is here.
Here is their description of the navigation aids for the ESV Study Bible:
Moving the 5-Way Controller to the right or left when viewing the Bible text will move to the next or previous chapter; when viewing the opening page of a book, it will move to the next or previous book; and when viewing an article, it will move to the next or previous heading.
Direct Access to Any Verse
To gain direct access to any verse in the ESV Bible:
1. Press the MENU button.
2. Select Index.
3. Type the two- or three-character abbreviation for the desired book, followed by a space. Use the exact book abbreviations below [OSNOVA: DVJ abbreviations].
4. Type the chapter number, followed by a space, and the verse number.
5 Press Enter.
So, it is good news for those who wanted to have DVJ-2 on ESV. I guess they decided that DVJ-1 is not worth it because of the Kindle search bugs, the gaps in the text that it creates and the software Kindles not being able to properly handle the color tags. However, this omission makes it impossible to search multiple Bibles from the Home screen. Russ made a comment on another post that this use of DVJ-1 “was like a miracle! My suggestion is that we all make a big deal of this feature. It turns your entire Kindle into a powerful reference source. I will try to limit my future Bible purchases to those that have DVJ.” Plus DVJ-1 is more versatile and potentially can work on other platforms that do not support the Kindle dictionary format (DVJ-2 is based on that).
UPDATE: I’ve received the reports that the upgrade instructions that Crossway provided in the comments do not work for now. Stay tuned.