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Discussion in 'The Literary Forum' started by JimmyH, Apr 5, 2019.
You may be able to get it for free on Monergism.
Thanks, but I've already made the $0.99 purchase. I checked and it is available free on Monergism. I viewed his Summary of Christian Doctrine (also available) on my Libre Office (Linux Mint) and it displays as code ... illegible. Might be formatted for Windows ? Anyway, the Amazon Kindle reviews are positive for the formatting, so it is worth the buck. Usually $19.99.
I noticed that you get Richard Muller's preface, which is probably worth a dollar on its own.
Earlier editions did not include Berkhof's prolegomena, it was published as a separate volume. This is the Eerdmans edition that brings the two together, and includes both his Introductory Volume to Systematic Theology, and his classic Systematic Theology. Whether this is the only digital edition that does that I'm not sure, but it the way Berkhof intended his systematic to be read.
While I appreciate the work Monergism does in providing "free ebooks", sometimes they are formatted so poorly as to not make it worth the effort, at least for me. I've got enough books to read without having to wade through leftover page numbers, OCR errors, giant paragraph breaks, and bad (or non-existent) linking for the table of contents, and, worst of all, as in the case of Cunningham's Historical Theology, large sections of text missing that I only happened to notice because I had a physical copy.
In other words, they often are only (barely) a step above the automated texts produced by Archive.org, though the quality varies greatly from book to book.
That, and I'm not certain where they have gotten their material. I have notified them before of some copyrighted material (e.g., a new, copyrighted Banner of Truth translation of Calvin's sermons included in a free ebook along with some public domain ones). I haven't checked back to see if it is still hosted.
Same here. I delete any ebook that is poorly formatted. In the case of Kindle, you have, I think it is 24 hours to return a book if it doesn't meet your expectations. I have gotten Kindle content from Amazon that wasn't up to my standards, but rarely. I always check the reviews on Amazon before pulling the trigger to see what confirmed purchasers have to say. If they criticize the formatting I don't bother.
I think you actually have a week. It is definitely more than 24 hours.
That being said, about 3 weeks after making a recent Kindle purchase of "Newton on the Christian Life," I realized I already had the book, having downloaded it from Desiring God (I think.) But because it didn't show up as an Amazon purchase, I wrongly assumed I didn't have it.
You're correct. Just googled it and it is 7 days from time of purchase.
I'll add that in my opinion this edition of Berkhof is definitely worth getting at this price, even if you think you will hardly ever look at it. Perhaps you will have a discussion at church or elsewhere and it would be handy to have Berkhof available on your phone.
The quality of the print Eerdmans edition leaves something to be desired. If I recall correctly the paper isn't very good and the text runs into the gutter, and maybe it is glued rather than sewn. At any rate the copies I've seen are less attractive than the Banner edition. So this Kindle edition is welcome, assuming that it is well formatted.