Where do you read the Bible?

We always love hearing about how YouVersion users read the Bible. Whether you find us at a conference or just send us an email, it makes us happy to know that you are finding new ways to engage Scripture with YouVersion. Today we’re curious about where you read the Bible, so let us know by answering the poll below.

Where do you read the Bible?
At home
At work
Outside
Other


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If you have a few moments, leave a comment describing your favorite reading spot and why it’s perfect for engaging with Scripture.

Bible21: Nejnovější český překlad Bible

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Jsme velmi nadšeni z rostoucí nabídky překladů Bible na YouVersion, a náš nejnovější přírůstek, Bible21, přináší skvělé možnosti pro česky mluvící komunitu.

Nárůst světového čtení Bible
Zatímco český překlad Bible už je na YouVersion dostupný už delší dobu, chtěli jsme do naší nabídky přidat moderní překlad. Bible21 je přesně tím – umožňuje snadné čtení Písma. Toto je součást našeho neustálého úsilí poskytovat nejlepší a nejaktuálnější překlady Bible ve všech jazycích na světě.

Kde málokdo zná Krista
Naše partnerství s Biblionem, který nám dodává překlad Bible21, oslovuje Českou republiku, kde většina populace je ateistická. Tento článek z roku 2006 dobře vystihuje současnou náboženskou situaci v srdci Evropy.

Naší čeští přátelé mohou začít číst překlad Bible21 na YouVersion.com a na jejich mobilních zařízeních už dnes.

Bible21: The Newest Czech Bible Translation

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We’re pretty excited about the growing list of Bible translations available on YouVersion, and the latest brings a great option for the Czech-speaking community: Bible21.

An Increase in International Engagement with the Bible
While a Czech translation of the Bible has been available on YouVersion for some time, we’ve wanted to offer an updated translation in the Czech common language. Bible21 is exactly that, and helps make Scripture more accessible. It’s part of our continuing effort to provide the best, most up-to-date Bible translations in every language on earth.

Where Few Know Christ
Our partnership with Biblion to provide the Bible21 translation reaches out to the Czech Republic, a nation with a largely atheist population. This article from 2006 does an excellent job of explaining the current religious temperature in the heart of Europe.

Our Czech friends can start reading the Bible21 translation on YouVersion.com or in your Bible app today.

New for iPhone/iPad: Verse History, Copy, & SMS Sharing

The newest update to the YouVersion Bible app for iPhone/iPad (2.3.3) is ready and waiting in the App Store. Download it now by going to http://youversion.com/download from your device or search for “Bible” in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the app, please take a moment to rate it and leave a comment in the App Store.

This release includes some long-awaited feature additions that I can’t wait to tell you about, so let’s jump in.

Verse History
The new History feature is cool. It’ll help you navigate more quickly to verses you were reading recently. It’s great for when you want to share a verse with a friend, but can’t remember where it was. Or use it to keep up with your pastor when he’s jumping back-and-forth between two or more verses during a sermon.

To start using the History feature, go to the More section and tap “Edit” in the top right corner. Drag the “History” icon into the dock at the bottom to replace one of the icons that are already there. Now, after you’ve navigated to a verse using the Search function, the reference for that verse will show up in your History. (You can also access History directly inside the More section if the History icon isn’t in your dock. History only works with verses you’ve navigated to via Search right now. We’ll expand it in the future as we get feedback from you, our awesome users.)


Copy Bible Verses
You’ve been asking for the ability to copy Bible verses to your phone’s clipboard for a while. While it seems like a simple feature, actually executing that feature properly was not so simple. Now when you select a verse in the Bible reader you’ll have the choice to copy it to your clipboard, along with the other options to share or see contributions.

SMS Sharing (iPhone Only)
SMS (text messaging) is the #1 form of communication for an entire generation. It’s a great way to share quick thoughts through small snippets of text. Now you can easily share Bible verses via text message with anyone in your phone’s Contacts. Just select a verse and choose SMS from the list of sharing options that appear.

We also redesigned the UI when you interact with a verse.


Bug Fixes
We fixed the issue that some folks were having enabling the connection between their YouVersion account and Twitter or Facebook. We also squashed a few bugs related to network connectivity.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this release so connect with us on Twitter (@youversion) or on our Facebook page (facebook.com/youversion) and let us know what you think.

Thank You Early-Adopter Organizations!

Reina-Valera 1960 Biblia en Español en YouVersion

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Millones de personas alrededor del mundo están descubriendo y usando YouVersion para leer la Biblia en su propia lengua materna. Actualmente ofrecemos 22 lenguajes diferentes, y estamos entusiasmados en expander nuestra lista de traducciones de Biblias gratuitas para que cada vez más personas puedan comprometerse con las Escrituras.

En asociación con la American Bible Society y la United Bible Societies, estamos emocionados en anunciar la suma de una nueva Bíblia en Español a la creciente lista de traducciones de Bíblia de YouVersion: la Reina – Valera 1960. La RVR60 es una de las traducciones más populares de la Biblia al Español y es leída por diez millones de personas en docenas de países.

La suma de la RVR60 abre una enorme oportunidad a YouVersion para ayudar a millones más a comprometerse con las Escrituras. Puedes comenzar a leerla de inmediato seleccionando la RVR60 de la lista de traducciones disponibles mientras lees la Bíblia en You Version.com o en cualquiera de las aplicaciones móviles de YouVersion.

Reina-Valera 1960 Spanish Bible on YouVersion

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Millions of people around the world are discovering and using YouVersion to read the Bible in their native language. We currently offer 22 different languages, and we’re excited to expand our list of free Bible translations so more and more people will be able to engage with Scripture.

In partnership with the American Bible Society and United Bible Societies, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of a new Spanish Bible to YouVersion’s growing list of Bible translations: the Reina-Valera 1960. The RVR60 is one of the most popular Spanish Bible translations and is read by tens of millions of people in dozens of countries.

The addition of the RVR60 opens a huge opportunity for YouVersion to help millions more engage with Scripture. You can start reading it now by choosing the RVR60 from the list of available translations when you’re reading the Bible on YouVersion.com or in any of YouVersion’s mobile apps.

YouVersion Bible App Wins Prize in Palm Contest

The YouVersion Bible app for Palm webOS was recently awarded $1,000 for being one of the most-downloaded webOS apps. Palm held a developer contest to see which webOS applications could garner the most downloads over a specified period of time, and thanks to you, the amazing YouVersion community, the YouVersion Bible app for Palm webOS was honored to be among the most downloaded free apps in the Palm App Catalog.

Ever since we announced the launch of our first Palm webOS Bible app, and then our relaunch with a native, full-featured app, the YouVersion Bible app has remained among the hottest apps in the Palm App Catalog. Whether it’s because of our passionate users or because it’s the most advanced app in the YouVersion lineup of mobile apps, the webOS Bible app has been one more tool to help more people engage in Scripture wherever they are.

Thanks again to our amazing users for helping us win the $1,000 prize. We’re excited to invest it into more development to continue our mission of increasing Bible engagement around the world.

Introducing “Free Bible” Pages for Your Organization

We live in exciting times! Through the Internet and mobile technology, more people than ever can access the Bible anytime, anywhere. And today, we’d like to introduce an opportunity for you to join us in this mission to spread God’s Word. With a Free Bible page, your church, business, company, or organization can generously offer a free Bible and connect people to the the life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit as they engage in Scripture.

For no cost, we’ll create a Free Bible page on YouVersion.com featuring your logo and a personal message from your organization. Actually, we’ll create two different pages: a page that’s optimized for mobile and another for standard web browsers. The content will focus on making it easy to download the free Bible app.

An Example

Oral Roberts University is having their first chapel of the semester this Friday. ORU President Mark Rutland will ask students to pull out their phones and visit bible.oru.edu to get a free Bible. ORU took the initiative to set up that customized link, which will redirect to the standard URL we provided on our web site: youversion.com/free-bible/oru.

Would you like to have a Free Bible page for your organization?

Your organization has influence over people that might not discover the free Bible app on their own. This is a great opportunity for us to partner with incredible organizations like yours, who share our passion for spreading God’s Word.  Fill out this form if you would like to have a Free Bible page like this for your organization.

Big News! New Bible App for Symbian Phones

We’ve been working hard to bring you a new Bible app for the Symbian platform and we’re excited to announce that it’s ready and available for download now in the Ovi Store and on GetJar.com. Many Americans aren’t familiar with the Symbian mobile platform, so we’ll take a moment to explain why we believe this is a big deal.

First, Symbian accounts for about 40% of smartphones in the world. There are hundreds of millions of people carrying a Symbian-powered device in hundreds of countries. Second, because Symbian is so ubiquitous outside the United States, we’re excited to see how God uses this step to reach the world with the Bible, helping millions more engage with Scripture.

Like the first version of our mobile Bible app on other new platforms, the Symbian app is currently a basic Bible reader that accomplishes our foundational purpose of increasing Bible engagement around the world. Future development will bring more features you’ve come to love on other mobile platforms, like Reading Plans, social sharing with Twitter and Facebook, YouVersion Live, and more.

Have fun with the new Symbian app and don’t forget to tell your friends to download the YouVersion Bible app on their phones. It’s the easiest way to give someone a free Bible!