BibleCourier User Guide
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Welcome
What is BibleCourier?
How Does It Work?
Chapter 1 - Welcome
BibleCourier is a hand-held, text-to-speech player, about the size of a cassette tape. Using the BibleCourier and the supplied earphones, you can listen to the Bible without being connected to a computer. BibleCourier holds all 66 books of the Bible and uses the DoubleTalk speech synthesizer from RC Systems to read the text. BibleCourier can read continuously for up to 40 hours, using two AA batteries.
BibleCourier is specifically designed to help you jump quickly to any book, chapter, or verse within the Bible. You can move sequentially through the Bible or you can set bookmarks on your favorite verses and then jump directly to them. BibleCourier also provides a powerful search feature that lets you quickly zero in on a particular spot in the Bible.
BibleCourier is easy to use. The keypad is similar to a telephone keypad, with 12 keys arranged in four rows of three. Every key can have up to three functions. You perform one function by pressing and releasing the key and two other functions by holding the key down until you hear one or two beeps. Every key provides talking help about itself.
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Chapter 2 - Listening to the Bible
1 Previous Verse Chapter Power Search (Back) Talking Help 2 Play/Stop Spell Word Talking Help 3 Next Verse Chapter Power Search (Forward) Talking Help 4 Previous Chapter Book Power Search (Back) Talking Help 5 Next Word Talking Help 6 Next Chapter Book Power Search (Forward) Talking Help 7 Previous Book Bible Power Search (Back) Talking Help 8 Previous Word Talking Help 9 Next Book Bible Power Search (Forward) Talking Help * Decrease Value Previous Bookmark Talking Help 0 Preferences Define Bookmark Talking Help # Increase Value Next Bookmark Talking Help
Springer Design, Inc. ships BibleCourier with a modified version of the user guide loaded into the unit along with the Bible. The Talking User Guide is the first book you will hear, just before Genesis. You can use the Talking User Guide to teach yourself how to operate BibleCourier and navigate through the Bible. Here's how to get started:
The Bible starts immediately after the Talking User Guide. Follow these steps to begin listening:
Here are the general rules of play:
Remember: BibleCourier must be positioned on the desired verse before you can resume playing it. If you stop playing a verse, navigate to another book or chapter, and then try to resume playing the previous verse, you'll get unexpected results.
BibleCourier uses DoubleTalk, a state-of-the-art text-to-speech engine from RC Systems. Occasionally, the engine mispronounces words. Acronyms containing vowels and proper names are notorious culprits. The English language also contains a fair number of heteronyms, words with the same spelling, but different pronunciations and meanings. For example, the word wind is pronounced differently in the following two contexts:
In some cases, BibleCourier doesn't know which pronunciation to use. If you have trouble understanding a particular word, you can make BibleCourier repeat and spell the word.
You can get help on any key on BibleCourier's keypad simply by pressing that key and holding it down for two beeps. BibleCourier must be stopped for you to access Talking Help. BibleCourier announces the name of the key and then describes what it does when you press and release the key or hold it down for one beep.
BibleCourier does not have an on/off switch. When BibleCourier is playing, the unit is on and when BibleCourier is not playing, the unit is off.
Chapter 3 - Moving Around in the Bible
BibleCourier allows you to move through the Bible by verse, chapter, or book. On the keypad, the first row of keys allows you to move forward or backward by verse. The second row of keys allows you to move forward or backward by chapter, while the third row of keys allows you to move forward or backward by book.
The following list describes exactly how this navigation works. You can stop BibleCourier before you navigate to a new location or you can continue play while you navigate. If BibleCourier is stopped, you must press the 2 key to restart play after you navigate to the desired location. If BibleCourier is playing when you navigate to the new location, it will start playing automatically.
Note: When you navigate within the BibleCourier Talking User Guide, it's better to keep BibleCourier playing. If BibleCourier is stopped while you navigate through the user guide, BibleCourier doesn't announce the current chapter and section titles.
A bookmark is a user-defined place in a book. You can set any number of bookmarks in a book and then use those bookmarks as a quick way to jump to important places. You can add, remove, and jump to bookmarks when BibleCourier is playing or when it is stopped. However, you must stop BibleCourier before deleting a bookmark.
BibleCourier also has a Power Search feature that jumps halfway between the current verse and the end or beginning of the current chapter, book, or Bible as a whole. From the new current verse, you can jump half the previous distance in either direction, and so on. This approach is a quick way to move within the Bible without stepping through each book, chapter, or verse in sequence to find a particular text.
Searching a Chapter
Searching a Book
Searching the Bible
Canceling a Search
You can cancel the current search by playing the current verse or by using the regular navigation keys to move to a different book, chapter, or verse. You can also cancel the search by using the bookmark functions or Talking Help. You can adjust the BibleCourier preferences like volume and speed without affecting the current power search.
Chapter 4 - Other Functions
You can enhance your listening experience by adjusting the following preferences:
You can change the Volume and Speed preferences while BibleCourier is playing or stopped. You must stop BibleCourier to change the Voice, Pitch, Sleep timer, and Footnotes preferences. The process is the same for every preference:
The restore function resets all the BibleCourier preferences to their default values. This function also removes all bookmarks.
To activate this function, stop BibleCourier and then simultaneously press the asterisk and pound keys, twice in a row. The first time, BibleCourier says, "Reinitialize system." The second time, BibleCourier says, "System restored." You can also perform the restore function when BibleCourier is locked.
You can lock BibleCourier so that most of the keys won't work. (The exception occurs with the restore feature; see Restoring Default Settings.) This feature prevents you from accidentally playing the Bible and running down the batteries. Use this feature if you think you might accidentally turn on the unit without knowing it - for example, when you pack the unit.
BibleCourier uses two AA batteries. These batteries will power BibleCourier for 30 to 40 hours of normal use. BibleCourier gives you a warning when the batteries run low. Replace the batteries as soon as you can after you hear this message.
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