The standard works, digital vs. print: What works for you?

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  • kiapolo Washington, DC
    May 8, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    "I do love how easy electronics make it, but I don't like the fact that our children won't know their scriptures," Bair said.

    How does this make any sense? The scriptures aren't the physical books; they are the words within the books. If people learn those words (their meaning, the spirit behind them, etc.), regardless of the medium, they know their scriptures.

    While I don't personally share this feeling, I understand that some people prefer the feel of a physical book. That's fine. But we should be wary of attaching needless significance to physical things. Those physical books haven't been especially consecrated, or anything like that. What's important about them is their message, not their paper and ink and binding.

    April 20, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    The retired librarian/historian in me brings out a cautionary note: the general rule-of-thumb is that it takes someone with an academic, avocational, or commercial interest to digitize historical print information. So, if a hefty research project is in play, don't rely totally on electronic sources; something significant might be overlooked. But for basic study and teaching (as in a talk or a lesson), mobile devices and desktops are great. And yes, there is still something magical in turning/perusing paper pages. In many instances, that process is still faster for some of us (by using indexes and table of contents) than waiting several seconds for an on-line search to come up.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    April 19, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    Print! No way will I give up my Scriptures that was a birthday gift from my grandparents 32 years ago, with a special message. I have countless side notes, and highlighted verses that I use today when teaching Gospel Essentials.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    I love my Kindle for the very reason that I dont have an extra five or six books to carry to church each week. I never have to think about what the lesson is that week, and what manual do I need because they're already there.

    There's still something about physical scriptures, but sad to say, I can usually locate my Kindle far easier.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    April 18, 2013 11:56 p.m.

    I would hate to tell one of my children to please get my scriptures, and he/she returns with a kindle, iphone, ipad, etc., the essence of true genuine scriptures quickly dissipate. The concept of personal scriptures is also lost. Truth is, scriptures in digital format are on a rental and/or as-needed basis. Therefore, the scriptures as family heirloom (Family Bible, Book of Mormon, etc.) will be lost too.

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    I have the best of both worlds! I read the 2013 Edition PDF on the iPad so it still has the same layout as the printed scriptures.

    First, I gave up on the Gospel Library app. I love it. I love the idea of it. But highlighting text never worked right for me (on Android, iPad, Chrome, Firefox, and IE) and the annotation options were limited.

    Now I use Goodreader (iPad app) primarily because it looks like the actual scriptures and the annotation tools are amazing; I'm very happy with it. Plus it syncs everything to my dropbox and computer so I'll always have my notes backed up to two places, one of which I can access offline.

    I also have all the church manuals and the page numbers and page layout is the same as the printed editions. It's a dream come true for a study tool, imo. There is only one draw back, and it's horrible. Navigating chapters and footnotes is a pain in the neck. Unless the church releases an edition of the PDF where all footnotes are links, then I'm out of luck until I find a different solution.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    There is something special about a quality leather bound book. Although its mostly digital, on different occasions, one or the other works. Thanks for the options.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    April 18, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    I love the digital formats the Church is pushing out. The ability to pull notes and marked verses across devices is fantastic! But what I cannot stand, and part of the reason I don't like to use digital in meetings, is watching the youth play games during meetings. I absolutely hate that parents give in to that during church meetings. Add in the local building internet access and it's turned into watch Netflix to keep the kids quiet. We're losing the battle if we're distracted when we should be participating in our meetings.

  • bob j Maryborough, 00
    April 18, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    At the age of ninety-five, while; with the aid of spectacles; I can still read the scriptures in my Holy Bible, I have found it to be a lot easier to do my daily early morning reading on my large computer, the print being so much bigger.
    I could also have the audio on but prefer otherwise as I can then quickly re-check on what I have already read.
    This would not be possible with the voice carrying on.

    I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was baptised at the Greenwich Chapel by Elders Armstrong and Blacker in November 1960. Those were the days of the flannel board discussions and what a long way the Church has progressed during the time up to now. Memories !

  • Colorado Patriot Grand Junction, CO
    April 18, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    I have scriptures on my ipad and my Kindle because I've had eye problems and can adjust the font. For quite a while I couldn't read in my regular scriptures at all. I do love marking them and writing in the margins, but for now I'm stuck with digital.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 18, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    All downloaded onto a mobile device? That's the new world we're moving into at breakneck speed. I suppose I'll always be a fuddy-duddy traditionalist who will always prefer the feel of a book in my hands to read the scriptures.

    Oh, well. Even scrolls were a new idea at one time.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    April 18, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    My physical set of scriptures were lost/stolen/taken by Moroni a few years back and with them years worth of highlights and notes. At that point I decided to go all digital and haven't had second thoughts. Any thought or highlight I record in my scriptures is now synced with the cloud so I don't have worry about losing my notes. The church's Gospel Library is far from perfect but it is convenient and effective. I'm now able to listen to conference on my way to work, keep copies of priesthood blessings, and always have my scriptures in my pocket.

    I still keep a giveaway copy of the Book of Mormon and an old compact triple in my bag but rarely, if ever, use it.