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Which NIV Bible is Which?

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 9 Comments

The New International Version of the Bible (NIV) was originally published in 1973. It was updated in 1978, 1984 and then again in 2011. If you purchase the New International Version Bible from Laridian today, you will be purchasing the 2011 edition. If you purchased the NIV Bible previous to 2011, you have the 1984 edition. According to the translators of the NIV, the 2011 update reflects developments in biblical scholarship and changes in English usage yet 95% of the text from the 1984 edition has remained the same.

The PocketBible version of the NIV includes two options (or files) – one with cross-references and one without. If you purchase the 2011 version, the two files will be labeled as follows in your download account:

  • New International Version (NIV Cross Reference Edition)
  • New International Version (NIV)

Note that the cross-reference edition lists a larger file size than the second or non-cross-reference edition. If you also owned the 1984 edition of the NIV, you can continue to use it even if you purchase the 2011 edition. You will see the 1984 edition in your download list as:

  • New International Version (1984 NIV)
  • New International Version (1984 NIV)

Again, look at the file size to distinguish between the cross-reference and non cross-reference edition – the larger file contains cross-references.

If you are not interested in cross-references, install the edition without cross-references. If you like to use cross-references, install only the cross-reference edition. If you ever want to view the Bible text without the cross-reference indicators (also known as footnotes), you can turn those off temporarily in the settings of PocketBible.

If you install both the NIV 1984 and NIV 2011 editions (either cross-reference or not), when you go to open the Bibles – the 1984 Edition is the one that is titled The Holy Bible: New International Version. The 2011 edition is entitled simply as the New International Version. If you open both versions, they each use the NIV abbreviation so it is better to open only one at a time.

New! 3 Month Bible Reading Plan

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 3 Comments

Just in time for the summer! We have released a “through-the-Bible” reading plan that will help you stay in the Bible during these relaxed months. Our new 3 month (92 day) plan takes you through the entire Bible with a selection from the Old Testament and New Testament for each day. Perfect for summer or any 3 month period in the year.

This free reading plan is automatically available for download on your device if you are using PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Windows Store. If you are using PocketBible for Windows PC or Windows Mobile or MyBible for Palm OS, you can add this plan to your account here and download it to your device.

If you prefer less reading per day, we also offer a 3 Month Reading Plan that takes you through the entire New Testament. This plan is available as part of our Laridian Reading Plans Bundle.

New for PocketBible: John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible is now available for use with PocketBible. This 18th century commentary from the noted Baptist pastor and rabbinical scholar, John Gill, provides extremely thorough coverage of the whole Bible. You will find a comment for every verse in the entire Bible. Gill’s background in Hebrew and other Biblical languages as well as an understanding of the culture of the times make his Old Testament commentary especially valuable.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible is available for immediate download for $29.99.

PocketBible for Mac OS!!

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by Craig Rairdin 16 Comments

PocketBible for Mac OS Kickstarter Project

You’ve been asking about a version of PocketBible for the Mac for years — now’s your chance to make it happen! We’ve started a Kickstarter project to raise the funds necessary to create a version of PocketBible for Mac OS, and we need your help to reach our goal!

Kickstarter is a “crowd-funding” site that lets you pledge financial support to projects you believe in. In return for a minimal pledge, you get a reward. Our rewards start at the $25 level and go all the way up to $1000 ($5000 for our publishing partners). So, for example, for a minimum pledge of $100, you’ll get our 2014 Silver Edition PocketBible Library for Mac when it is released, plus you’ll get the “Advanced Features” add-on for PocketBible for Mac OS. Total value is a little over $100, plus you’ll have the benefit of knowing you helped make PocketBible for Mac OS happen!

You do not pay, nor do we receive any of the money, unless we reach our funding goal before the deadline of July 15. So you don’t have to worry about getting charged for an underfunded project that will never be completed. We’ve set a very modest funding goal of $28,500 mainly to verify that there is, in fact, a real market for PocketBible for Mac OS. If we reach this goal, we’ll kick in the balance of the funding it will take to complete this project.

If you pledge to the project, you’ll get regular project updates as we work on PocketBible for Mac OS. You’ll be able to “watch the sausage being made”, as they say. It should be interesting, and we’re really looking forward to having a version of PocketBible for Mac OS! We’re Mac users here, too, and it would be great to have PocketBible on our Macs!

You can read all the details at our Kickstarter project page.

If you want a version of PocketBible for the Mac, now is the time to make a pledge and support the project!

Updated: PocketBible for Windows Store

Posted on: June 1st, 2013 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Windows 8 users, an update to PocketBible is now available on the Windows Store.

Enhancements to this Version 2.1 include:

  • Automatically update the application’s tile with the current book and position
  • Save and re-use multiple layouts, enabling you to save the layout (panes and books) exactly as it was and come back to it
  • New 3-pane layout option for convenient arranging of your books
  • Go to a bible verse by typing it into the verse table of contents flyout
  • Make multiple selections in the device library
  • Open one or more books directly from the device or cloud library application bar
  • Book selection context menu now displays the book titles sorted

Download PocketBible for Windows Store for free!

NOTE: Some of the features mentioned above may require the purchase of the Advanced Feature Set.

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