New Living Translation (NLT) Now Available Offline…Free!

For many translations that we offer, YouVersion’s Bible app requires you to be connected to the Internet or to your service provider. But the list of free Bible versions we have available offline keeps growing. Today, we’re happy to announce the addition of the New Living Translation (NLT), available free for download for Bible App users on iPhone, iPad and Android. But don’t wait: This offer is only available until January 31, 2011!

Downloading the NLT will give you constant access to it, even when you can’t get on your network. The last time the NLT was available offline, thousands of people downloaded it. Now that opportunity is back, and we hope the same thing happens again. We’d love for even more of you to have the NLT directly on your device, so you can engage with your Bible anytime, anywhere. You can learn more about the NLT on their website.

How to get it:
For iPhone or iPad: If you’re using the Bible app for iPhone, first go to the App Store and check Updates [link], and make sure you have the most current version. Then:

  1. Tap on Read, then the blue arrow to view available translations
  2. Scroll to the one you want and tap the green download button

That’s it! From that point on, when you view your translation list, your downloaded versions display with a unique gray arrow icon.

For Android: We recently added offline support to Android and you can read about it here. Downloading the NLT works the same as downloading any other Bible version.

We’re grateful to Tyndale House to be able to offer you this additional version for download for a limited time. Be sure you take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with God’s word!

Brand New Update Available for Your iPhone!

Today we have a brand-new version of the Bible app for you, Update 2.5! As soon as you can, we’d love for you to update your iPhone YouVersion Bible app through the App Store. [iTunes Update Link] And be sure you let us know what you think. You can connect with us in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

Major Highlights

  • Bookmark syncing. In the past, your bookmarks were stored directly in the app on the device you were using. Now, as long as you’re signed in to YouVersion, you’ll be able to jump to any of your bookmarks, regardless of where you are: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, or web. Your bookmarks go where you go!
  • Easier offline downloads. It was already really easy to download an offline translation of the Bible. But now we’ve made all tasks related to offline versions easier: Finding, downloading, seeing your existing downloaded versions…even removing versions you no longer use.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

Everything we’re working on right now is focused on helping you engage with the Bible in the easiest, most natural way. We’re making it available on as many devices as we can, in as many ways as we can, so that you can fit it seamlessly into your life. Wherever you are in the world, we want you to have God’s Word close by.

Special Webcast on November 16

Please join us Tuesday, November 16, at noon CST for a very special webcast about YouVersion. Here’s what you can expect:

  • News about a huge milestone that YouVersion just reached
  • An inside look at some big things coming up, and
  • Vision for where we believe God is taking YouVersion in the future, and how you can play a part.

We’d be thrilled if you could join us and invite your friends.

We’re going to have some fun, and we’ll even be giving away three iPads. YouVersion will send a tweet to announce the webcast, and we’ll automatically register you to win if you retweet that tweet, post about it on your Facebook wall, or if you tweet about the event with a mention. Visit http://webcast.youversion.com for all the details, and then add it to your calendar!

You can follow what YouVersion’s up to in all of these places:

We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to share all the exciting things God is doing through YouVersion, and say a big, “Thank you!” to all of you who’ve helped YouVersion come so far, so quickly in making the Bible part of people’s everyday lives.

Windows Phone 7: The Bible App is Coming!

One mission drives us here at YouVersion: Helping people worldwide engage with God’s Word. We do that by making the Bible available digitally in as many versions and on as many devices as we can. So when the online store for Microsoft’s smartphone platform, Windows Phone 7, launches in the U.S. on November 8, 2010, our Bible app will be there.

Industry analysts predict Microsoft may spend up to half a billion dollars to promote Windows Phone 7, so you’ll likely start hearing a lot about it soon. To us, all that advertising and press represents a tremendous opportunity to connect even more people with the Scriptures. While the special features for our initial release of the Bible app on Windows Phone 7 will focus on social networking and connections, we’re still actively developing it, so we’ll continue rolling out more and more of the functions that YouVersion users on other platforms have come to count on. We’ll keep you posted about new Windows app features as soon as we release them—stay tuned here and on Twitter!

For those of you who choose Windows Phone 7 as your phone, we want you to know… We’ll be there.

Screen shots of the forthcoming Bible app for Windows Phone 7:

Last Week in Review

Last week was a banner week for the Bible app on multiple platforms, one we expect to look back on as historical in many respects. It was packed with developments to help you and millions of others engage with Scripture, no matter where you are. You won’t want to miss these, so let’s jump right in…

Offline Bible Versions Available on Android
The #1 feature that Android users have been asking for is finally here! To date, offline Bible versions have only been available for iPhone and iPad, but now millions of Android users can also read the Bible anywhere, anytime—whether they’re connected to the Internet or not. As the Android platform grows, literally hundreds of millions of people worldwide will be able to engage with the Bible, even offline. The Bible app for Android was already fast, but versions stored directly on your device now make it faster than ever. (Read more here…)

Multiple Bible Versions Now Available Offline
Several copyright owners of different translations of the Bible are now partnering with YouVersion to allow our awesome users to download their Bible versions to your device. With any of these offline versions, as long as you first download that particular version, then you’ll be able to read it anywhere, anytime—whether you’re connected or not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – Thanks to the partnership of Broadman & Holman, for a limited time (until January 31, 2011), you can download the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) for use offline on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Learn more about HCSB here, here, and here. (Read the original announcement here…)

English Standard Version (ESV)Crossway is allowing us to make the English Standard Version (ESV) available for use offline in your Bible app on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Learn why ESV is so popular at http://www.esv.org/. (Read more here…)

Contemporary English Version (CEV) – Through the continued partnership with the American Bible Society, now you can enjoy the CEV, a version “easily read by grade schoolers” and marked by “uncompromising simplicity,” anywhere, anytime on your device. Use it to help children or second-language English speakers engage with the Bible more easily. (Read more here…)

Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR60) – Also from the American Bible Society—and from the United Bible Societies—we can now offer you the Reina-Valera 1960 Bible for offline access on iPhone, iPad, and Android. The Reina-Valera 1960 is one the best-known Spanish versions of the Bible in the world. (Read more here…)

Good News Translation (GNT) – The fruit of another generous partnership with the American Bible Society, we’ve also added the Good News Translation (GNT)—also known as the Good News Bible—to the list of versions you can access offline on iPhone, iPad, and Android. (Read more here…)

Czech Bible21 – Just two months ago, Biblion first made the Czech Bible21 available for Bible app users, and already they’re allowing us to offer it to you for offline download on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Learn more about the Czech Bible21 here. (Read more here…)

So as you can see, it was a crazy week for YouVersion… and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ll keep doing everything we can to help keep you engaged with God’s Word. Happy reading!

Czech Bible21 Now Available Offline

It’s only been almost two months since the Czech Bible21 was introduced to YouVersion for the first time and now we’re making it available as an offline Bible version for iPhone, iPad, and Android. We’re very excited about offline access to the Czech Bible21 because it’s one more step toward meeting the needs of the international YouVersion community.

Making the Czech Bible21, and many others, available offline means faster loading times for Scripture and access to the Bible when and where you need it. The goal of YouVersion is to increase Scripture engagement around the world and this is one more step in that direction.

We’re thankful to Biblion for partnering with us to make the Czech Bible21 available offline. You can read more about the Czech Bible21 here.

Contemporary English Version [CEV] Now Available Offline

Today we’re adding to the growing list of offline Bible versions with the Contemporary English Version of the Bible. Now, anyone can enjoy the CEV, even when they are out of network coverage. We’re excited for this addition to the offline lineup because it means the list is gaining a version that’s focused on cross-generational Bible engagement. The American Bible Society describes the CEV as being “easily read by grade schoolers” and marked by “uncompromising simplicity.”

This “uncompromising simplicity” also helps second-language English speakers read the Bible in English more easily. With our passion for reaching internationally with the Bible, that’s a highly valuable trait for a Bible version to have. Plus, with the popularity of offline Bible usage in other countries, the addition of the CEV to this list is a perfect match.

It’s only by the continued partnership with the American Bible Society that we’re able to make this Bible version available offline. So if you get the chance, leave a comment to let them know how thankful you are.

Good News Translation [GNT] Now Available Offline

Wow, the list of offline Bible versions for iPhone, iPad, and Android is growing fast! Today we’re announcing the addition of the Good News Translation to that list and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Also known as the Good News Bible, and formerly named Today’s English Version, the addition of the GNT to the growing list of offline Bible versions is, indeed, good news.

We appreciate the partnership of the American Bible Society in making this offer possible. Their commitment to the vision of increased Bible engagement around the world is helping YouVersion reach millions with God’s Word.

Have you had a chance to add any new offline Bible versions to your phone this week? If not, take a few minutes and grab one now. You’ll be glad you did the next time you’re without network coverage!

English Standard Version [ESV] Now Available Offline

After a week full of big news (like offline Bible versions on Android), we’re excited to announce that the ESV Bible is now available for offline download on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices!

The English Standard Version is a long-time favorite of YouVersion users and now you can read it anytime–whether you have a data connection or not. Grab your phone and download it!

Imagine the possibilities of having the ESV offline on your mobile device. Perhaps you’re on the subway or right in the middle of one of those cellular “dead zones.” You’ve been a fan of the ESV for ages and you love the way it digs out the meaning of the text, so when you get into a conversation with a friend about some saddening news article, you can pull out your phone, pull up an encouraging verse in the ESV, and share it with them right there.

We’re thankful to Crossway for allowing us to make the ESV available for offline download to our amazing community of users. Want to see why so many of you like the ESV? Learn more about it: http://www.esv.org/

Reina-Valera 1960 [RVR60] Now Available Offline

We’re very excited to announce the newest addition to the growing list of offline Bible versions, Reina-Valera 1960. The Reina-Valera 1960 is one of our newest Spanish Bibles and is growing in popularity on the YouVersion platform as it is already one of the most well-known versions around the world.

Offline access to the Reina-Valera 1960 is especially exciting because it will help millions of people have faster anytime access to the Bible. And since increasing Bible engagement is at the heart of what we do, helping people engage with the Bible in a way that meets their needs gives us great joy.

We’re thankful to the American Bible Society and the United Bible Societies for their great partnership and generosity in allowing us to make the Reina-Valera 1960 available for offline access on iPhone, iPad, and now Android.