Which NIV is Which?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Craig Rairdin 10 Comments

Since the 2011 edition of the NIV was released for PocketBible, there’s been some confusion about how to tell the difference between the old and new versions when downloading or opening them in PocketBible. To make things even more complicated, there are two editions of both the 1984 and the 2011 versions of the NIV — one with and one without cross-references.

Today we took a couple steps toward clearing that up. First, when downloading the NIV — either at our website or from within PocketBible for iPhone or Android — you’ll see the “old” NIV identified as “New International Version (1984 NIV)”. There’s currently no difference between the name of the standard and cross-reference editions, but in PocketBible you can look at the size of the files to figure out which is which. The cross-reference edition is the larger of the two. When downloading from our website, you’ll see “XR” in the filename of the cross-reference edition.

Both in PocketBible and on the website the 2011 NIV will be called “New International Version (NIV)”. The cross-reference edition is called “New International Version (NIV Cross Ref Edition)”.

Of course when you purchase the NIV you’re always purchasing the latest version, which is the 2011 version of the text.

The second change is in the “Open Book” functionality of the iPhone and Android programs. The next release of each of these programs will be able to distinguish between these four editions of the NIV better than the current releases do. But you’ll have to wait to see these versions of the program; the iPhone version will be uploaded to the App Store today and is awaiting Apple’s approval, and the Android version is still in process.

In the meantime, the 1984 NIV will appear as “The Holy Bible: New International Version” in your list of Bibles and the 2011 NIV will be simply “New International Version”. The only way to tell the difference between the cross-reference and non cross-reference versions is to open them up and look. One way around this is to only install one or the other. And in the iPhone version you can disable the display of footnotes, which would allow you to just download the cross-reference edition and turn notes off if you don’t want to see the cross references.

The features that were rolled into the code today will allow us to distinguish situations like this better in the future, once the changes propagate through all our readers and we update the affected books and Bibles.

10 Responses

  1. dgk53590 says:

    Excellent development, simple but greatly appreciated.

  2. Wilma Dixon says:


    I have the following:
    NIV (1984 NIV) 3,539k tap to install
    NIV (1984 NIV) 6,252k tap to install
    NIV (NIV cross-ref edition) 5,883k installed
    NIV (NIV) 3,430k installed

    What should I have????

    • Wilma, you have all four editions of the NIV installed. The first one is the 1984 NIV, the second is the 1984 cross-reference edition, and the third and fourth are the 2011 editions.

  3. Kevin Agot says:

    Craig and Jeff,

    Thanks for putting out great products that I’ve used around the world to inspire thousands, including myself, around the world. Your unprecedented work in bringing the gospel and other christian resources to the masses through the digital world is greatly appreciated. In my work as a missionary in the third world and now back in the US, I’ve been able to access the tons of godly material that you produce to help save marriages, families and souls. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do!

  4. Sandra Hutchinson says:

    Well, you’ve told me which on is which. But you haven’t said how I can get the old ones out of my list. It’s probably an easy thing to do, but, for the life of me, I don’t remember, if I ever knew. BTW, love your product.

    • Sandra, select Add/Remove Books from the menu and select the books you want to remove. This and other excellent questions are answered in the extensive built-in help that is included in PocketBible.

  5. Stratocaster says:

    I’m thinking of purchasing PocketBible, but I have some reservations about the ‘new’ NIV version and would much rather prefer to purchase the older version. Is that possible?

    Also, I was a user of Quickverse v4 and greatly appreciated how I could continuously scroll through the entire Bible and not have to change windows to select the next chapter or book. Is that same functionality built-in to Pocket Bible for Windows PC?

    Thank you!

    • Stratocaster,

      The 2011 NIV is the NIV. We are not allowed to sell old versions of the NIV.

      PocketBible for Windows allows you to continuously scroll through the text.

  6. Eric Brown says:

    This article answered my question. And what a great opportunity to say how good the Laridian iPhone app is. It is by far the best Bible and commentary reading program available. It is even better on the iPad! As I attend a church service, I always have the NIV, KJV, ESV, NRSV, NAS, and commentaries at the ready. Carrying hard cover versions would require a forklift, when the equivalent is right there in my pocket.

    Anyway, way to go on answering the NIV question. I am now completely clear about this. THANK YOU!!

  7. Eric, thanks for your kind words about PocketBible. Glad you can leave the forklift at home 🙂

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