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ESV Bible Text Size On The Kindle

In technology on April 20, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I received an email today asking for a screenshot of the ESV on the Kindle, I figured it has been a while since I’ve posted on my beloved Kindle so here it is.

Text Size

I’ve taken screenshots of the ESV at different text sizes. It’s interesting to note that only the book’s text size changes when you increase/decrease the font size; the navigation menus do not. This is something to consider if you are planning on using the Kindle for its ability to increase the font size, you will have to keep in mind that the menus will stay the same size no matter what you do to the font size. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view:

Text size 1

Kindle Screenshot text 1

Text size 2

Kindle Screenshot text 2

Text size 3

Kindle Screenshot text 3

Text size 4

Kindle Screenshot text 4

Text size 5

Kindle Screenshot text 5

Text size 6

Kindle Screenshot text 6

Text size 6 with navigation menu open

Kindle Screenshot with navigation

You’ll also notice that as you increase the text size, you increase the line height spacing which really cuts down on the number of verses you can display on one page.


The contrast in these screenshots is not representative of the actual Kindle. The Kindle’s screen looks more like a newspaper with a light gray background and black text. I’ve used the Kindle for hours at a time in typical room lighting and never had any issues with eye strain though.

Awkward Navigation

After using this thing for a few months I’m still not able to look up passages as fast as I can with a paper Bible. It is fine for jumping around during a sermon or class but if you are studying something in depth, you’ll probably end up using ol’ faithful. For me the benefits are still the same:

  • full text search
  • having lots of books on one device
  • plenty of good content available
  • ability to take notes with a keyboard
  • free internet access!