Quick Tips – Android Library and Book Discovery

In this blog post, we’ll learn how to navigate and arrange your WORDsearch Android Library and how to download & open books.

How to Navigate Your Library
When you first enter the app, you will see your library in list view.

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You can also view your library in shelf view by tapping on the Shelf View icon on the upper, right-hand side of the Library page.

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To go back to list view, tap the List View icon.

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You can also view your books in their categories. To do so, tap the category arrow button at the top of the screen. You will see a drop-down menu where you can select which category of titles you would like to view.

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Finally, you can find books by searching your library. Tap the Search icon, and you will be given the options to Search by Title/Author or Search within text. Select Search Title/Author and type in your book’s information to find your book and open it.

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How to Download and Open a Book
The books in your library that have not been downloaded are more transparent than books that have been downloaded. To download a book, tap the cover, and the download process will begin. To open a book, tap on the downloaded book cover.

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You now know how to navigate your library, download, and open books.

Quick Tips – Android Book Functionality

In this blog, we’ll learn more about the WORDsearch Android app functionality. Specifically, we’ll look at how to view your table of contents, notes, bookmarks and highlights, how to use the table of content slider, how to change your text options, how to create notes, bookmarks and highlights, and how to search within text.

Reading a Book
Here are some basics:

  • To turn the page, slide from right to left
  • Go back to your Library by tapping on the WORDsearch icon in the top left corner of the Reading Pane
  •  Touch a Bible reference in any book and instantly read the verse or jump into the full Bible text

View Your Table of Contents, Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes
While in the Reading Pane, you’ll find a number of helpful features. To view these options, tap the Content Navigation button on the top right of the Reading Pane. This will show you the Table of Contents of the book you’re currently reading and also any bookmarks, highlights or notes that you may have created in your book.

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Additionally, the Content Navigation button is where you can jump to a different verse by tapping the Verse Selector button, then tapping on the Bible book, chapter and verse you wish to view.

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Table of Contents Slider
To quickly move to a different part of the book you are in, hold down the circle on the slider located at the bottom of the Reading Pane. Slide the circle and you will see the various chapters of the books above the bar. Stop where you would like to read. This bar also keeps track of your progress in the book by showing you how far along you are.

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Text Options
To change the size and style of the font, paragraph settings or brightness, tap on the Text Settings icon in the bottom left corner of the Reading Pane, right next to the Table of Contents Slider. This will bring up the available options for your text. When you are finished making your changes, tap anywhere on the screen and the Text Options box will close with your changes saved.

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Create a Note, Highlight or Bookmark
To create a note, highlight, or bookmark, long press on the beginning section of the text you would like to select, then drag your text selector tool to highlight the entire section of text you desire. Tap on the Note, Highlight or Bookmark icon from the bar that will pop up in the top right-hand corner of the screen.  You can then type your note, choose your highlight color, or create a bookmark for that spot and tap save. From then on, you will see a little note icon, highlight icon or bookmark icon in that location.

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Search Within Text
A great feature in the new Android app is the ability to search within text. Simply tap on the Search icon, tap on Search Within Text, then type in a term and tap Search on your onscreen keyboard. Choose a category, and you’ll see the specific books in that category that mention your search term.

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Tap on the book you would like to see results from.

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You will now see specifically where the book mentions your term. Tap on the reference and the app will take you to that place in your Reading Pane.

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You now know how to view your table of contents, notes, bookmarks, and highlights, how to use the table of content slider, how to change your text options, how to create notes, bookmarks, and highlights, and how to search within text. 

Have you figured out any tips that would help other users in the app?

Quick Tips – Getting Started with the Android App

WORDsearch Bible on the Android
We’re happy to announce that WORDsearch is now available on Android devices 4.0 OS or higher. We want to say thank you for your persistence in requesting this app and for your patience in waiting for our development team to produce it. With the release of this app, you will now be able to read content you purchased from WORDsearch on your Android device whether you are on or offline. Please remember that this is a Phase 1 app, and we are working to add new and enhance existing features.

Getting Started
From the new home screen, you’ll easily be able to: find, download & open books, search and manage your account settings. Simply scroll through your book shelf and tap on any cover to download a particular title. Note: If a book cover appears dim, you haven’t yet downloaded it. If you prefer to view your titles in a vertical list view, simply click the list view button. In either the book shelf or list view mode, you can easily tap the category arrow to display only titles in a particular category. At any point, you can tap the search icon, select Search Title/Author, and type a title or author name to locate a specific volume. Or, choose search, then Search Within Text to search for a particular term in a particular book.  Click the settings icon to log-in or to re-sync your library.

How to Install the WORDsearch Bible Android App

Step 1
Go to the Google Play store. Search for WORDsearch Bible then tap the download button.

Step 2
Tap the WORDsearch icon to open the app.

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Step 3
Upon opening the app, you’ll be prompted to sign in. If you’ve previously logged into our website, you can use those same log-in credentials here. Simply enter your email address/password and press the Submit button to sign in and register your app. Please note: If you do not have a WORDsearch account, you will be given the option to create one.

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Step 4
After signing in with your WORDsearch account information, you will be given the option to sign into the app with your LifeWay account information. This will allow you to access any electronic books you may have purchased for MyStudyBible or the LifeWay Reader. If you don’t currently have a LifeWay account, you’ll be given the option to create one or to skip this step. Of course, you can always create a LifeWay account, or log in with your LifeWay account at another time by visiting your Account Settings under the Profile icon.

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That’s it! You now have WORDsearch Bible for the Android. Be on the look out for some more quick tips in the next few days here on the blog. You can also find more information on how to use the app on www.wordsearchbible.com/android. 

UPDATE: Android E-Reader App

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As we’ve shared with you before, we were hoping to have the Android e-reader app released by the end of June, but to make your experience even better, we are putting it through a public beta testing phase.

This means we are looking for some volunteers to do beta testing. If you would like to provide feedback and help us with the app, please email us at sales@wordsearchbible.com with your name and email address. Within in a few days, you should hear from us with all the details you will need to get started testing.

To keep you in the loop, we want to show you a special sneak peek of the Phase 1  Beta Android e-reader app here. We want you to be the first to look and play with the app. Please note some of your books and information will not be available with this release, and there will be some performance issues, but we want to get this beta e-reader app out as soon as possible so that you can give us feedback. We really appreciate you waiting patiently. Please know that we are working as hard as we can to get the app out to you as soon as we believe it is running smoothly.

When you first enter the app, you’ll see your library:

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From this home screen, you will be able to:

  • View your books by categories
  • View your books in list view
  • Download books
  • Search for books by typing in their title or author
  • Search a term within all of your books

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 Once you have downloaded a book, you can:

  • Create bookmarks or notes
  • Highlight a word or paragraph
  • Touch a Bible reference in any book and instantly read the verse or jump into the full Bible
  • Quickly jump to different Bible books or chapters of the book you are in

We are continuing to work on new features for your Android app, and thanks for having patience with us. Again please let us know if you want to be a volunteer for the beta testing by emailing us at sales@wordsearchbible.com.

Your friend in Christ,

David Seibert
WORDsearch
1-800-888-9898
dseibert@lifeway.com
3006 Longhorn Blvd #110
Austin, TX 78758

Technology Advances Coming Soon

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As you might have noticed, we have a few changes going on at WORDsearch. Here are some updates on the technology advances that are coming soon.

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NEW: WORDsearch Bible 10

Enhancements to WORDsearch 10 desktop software are coming soon. Features such as automatic book updates, account synchronization and My Library Report will be introduced. We will have further details about enhancements when it is released.

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NEW: iPad/iPhone App

In the new release coming soon, bug issues will be addressed, copy/paste feature will be added and more books will be available for your library. We are currently working on restoring notes and annotations. Thank you so much for your patience with this app.

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NEW: Android App

Phase I of the Android App is coming soon. This app will be primarily an e-reader with the capability to work on phones and tablets. Access to your digital library on your Android device is finally coming. More features are being developed.

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MyStudyBible.com

WORDsearch and MyStudyBible.com, LifeWay’s premiere online service to read and study the Bible, are fully compatible! This means MyStudyBible can serve you as WORDsearch in the cloud.

We will be giving you more information as we move forward with each of these developments. Thanks for hanging in there with us!