I’ve been a fan of YouVersion, a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, for several years now. YouVersion is essentially an online Bible reader, which allows users to tag text, take notes, share with others in an online community, post verses to Twitter and/or Facebook and so much more. Because it is available in App form—for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android devices (including Kindle), Palm webOS, Java, Symbian, and Mobile Web—you can take it with you anywhere!
Based on the online Bible, the Bible App is a free mobile Bible that can be installed on almost any phone. I’ve been using the YouVersion Bible App for well over a year and a half now, and LOVE it. The Bible Study plans, the ability to take notes on what I am reading… It is AWESOMESAUCE. The App gives users access to 41 translations in 22 languages. The best part? The App is free. You can download it on Amazon for your Kindle, iTunes for your iDevices, or on YouVersion’s Free Bible Apps page.
While YouVersion offers multiple translations for download—including the ASV, Amplified, CEV, KJV, NASB, etc, etc. However, the NIV is typically web-only, and not downloadable. I prefer to study from the NIV. Up until now, I had to have an internet connection to study the NIV in the YouVersion Bible App. Not anymore! YouVersion has partnered with Biblica and Zondervan to offer a free download of the New International Version (NIV) for offline use in the Bible App. From 12:00 AM December 1 through 11:59 PM December 12—Central Time U.S. (GMT –6) you can download the NIV. YouVersion offered this free download back in October, but I missed it because I forgot to put a reminder on my calendar to download it. If you, like me, missed the October download opportunity, you can get it now.
Why download it if you can take the App where ever you go? Because when you download it, you can read it in the Bible App—even when you can’t connect to the Internet.
Read the Bible like you’ve never read it before!