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December 10th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

NLT and God’s Word on

I know that MANY of you have been asking when we would have the NLT (New Living Translation) on Well, the day has come.

You can now access the NLT on, the Bible App for the iPhone/iPod, Mobile YouVersion, and the Bible App for the BlackBerry.  All are free.

For nearly 1 1/2 years, we’ve been working through the licensing and technical details to make this possible.  Thanks to Tyndale for their support.

Also, we are simultaneously releasing another modern English translation called “God’s Word.”  The team at Baker Publishing have also allowed us to also make this translation available for offline use on the iPhone App.  You will definitely want to check it out.

How many of you regularly use the NLT?

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December 9th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

BlackBerry + Bible = Bible App for the BlackBerry

If you have a BlackBerry, you really should download the new (and significantly improved) Bible App for the BlackBerry!  As many of you know, I have been a long-time BlackBerry user (I love the iPhone, but it’s not for me).  I’ve really been looking forward to this release, not just for me, but for the 16+ million BlackBerry users around the globe.

There are only a few free Bible applications for the BlackBerry and even fewer that provide access to several modern English translations.  The Bible App for the BlackBerry provides free access to the 30+ translations in many different languages that you can access through  Read more about this release or download the application right now.

Also, I continue to be amazed at the response to the Bible App for the iPhone.  We have seen more than 550,000 people install it on their iPhone/iPod, and that number continues to grow by thousands every day.  We are hearing stories of non-Bible readers who are engaging with Scripture for the very first time.  Countless others are more engaged than ever before because they now have quick and easy access to The Bible.

If you are feeling a little left out without an iPhone/iPod/BlackBerry…remember you can access from any web-enabled mobile phone at

2009 will bring some significant enhancements to the entire platform that will help connect even more people to God’s Word.  I’m looking forward to sharing more as it develops.

In the meantime, our team would love to hear your feedback about the new Bible App.

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October 7th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

Bible App for the Blackberry

As a dedicated BlackBerry user (that’s right no iPhone), I’m particularly excited to share our Digerati team’s latest release with you. Bible App for the BlackBerry takes you directly to YouVersion Mobile, where you can:

  • Use the reader to study any part of Scripture—the entire Bible is at your fingertips.
  • Take your pick from 35 different translations available in 19 different languages.
  • Search the entire Bible for a word, phrase, or verse, and you’ll get your results in seconds.
  • The One-Year Reading Plan provides daily selections to keep you on track when you’re on the go.
  • Learn from others by checking out recent contribs.

We released YouVersion Mobile in April and the iPhone Bible App in July. Since then, more than 400,000 unique iPhone users have downloaded the Bible App and have spent more than 67 million minutes reading the Bible. Thanks for your encouragement and feedback along the way. We’re thrilled to see more people each day engage with Bible, whatever the medium.

You can download the Bible App for the Blackberry for free.  This version of the application is a humble beginning, but it should provide a quick and easy way for all of you BlackBerry users to access the Bible.

Are you a BlackBerry user? If so, I’d love to hear from you and also get your feedback on the Bible App.

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