Bible and technology guest post: ubiquitous Bible reading

Digital Bible media should be ubiquitous.
In one sense, and in the short-term, this means cross-platform availability. Accordance, Laridian, Logos, OliveTree, and YouVersion have all been working on making their software and resources accessible on a computer, phone, tablet, pad, or the Internet. This means that my library as well as my annotations are available to me regardless of where I’m working.
This kind of access is another critical change in how we think about what it means to read the Bible.
In a larger sense, when I say that Bible media should be ubiquitous, I mean that the Bible really becomes formative in all we do and say. The more we are able to read and engage with the biblical text, the more we as Christians become equipped to think and act biblically. I think technology can help get us there, but that’s another essay!

4 comments on “Bible and technology guest post: ubiquitous Bible reading

  1. tim

    Of course, for quite some time now HTML (and Flash or now HTML5) have offered cross-platform possibilities. It;s just that people who have their heads firmly engaged in the age of print have difficulty with the fluid design and “fragmented” (I’d suggest “modular”) thinking required by the new medium. But it is available on Linux, PC, Mac, many (soon most) mobile phones…

    BUT by and large there is no obvious money in it, so the field is largely the work of unfunded amateurs.

  2. Mark Hoffman

    Yeah, I’ve teased that the most common universal language today is HTML!
    I don’t think we have yet fully grasped where this fluid/fragmented/modular sort of reorientation will lead, especially w/ respect to the Bible. Given the success publishers have had selling Bibles all these years, you would think there is money to be made…

  3. tim

    The money (I think, I’ve not seen hard evidence) seems to be in Bible codex peripherals, used as a form of “badge”. So people have Bibles that look right, and/or study Bibles with the “right’ notes in them, or have those man purses to wrap their Bible.

    Few people will pay for web material, the instance that is bucking the trend is “apps” so perhaps there is scope for Bible apps, but how would you make them “visible” to serve as badges of membership?

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