Andrews Study Bible Goes Digital
Notes available for Windows, Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
BY KERI SUAREZ, Andrews University
he Andrews Study Bible, a product of Seventh-day Adventist scholars working with Andrews University, is now available in a popular digital format, readily accessible for computers and mobile electronic devices.
Niels-Erik Andreasen, Andrews University president, said the Andrews Study Bible is available as a digital product through a partnership between the church-owned school and Logos Bible Software, the largest developer of software for the Christian market and a worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing.
Logos offers the largest digital library for theological and biblical study, with more than 9,000 titles from more than 100 publishers. It has long offered a digital edition of The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary on its software platform as well.
“Andrews University Press, with the Andrews Study Bible, is now part of that impressive roster,” Andreasen said. “We’re pleased to work with Logos Bible Software, because the company has established itself as a leader in providing digital reference and resource material to the Christian world. Logos was a natural choice for helping us obtain an efficient and user-friendly way to make the Andrews Study Bible available for the new generations of Bible students who are comfortable with—and even demanding—digital resources.”
The digital edition, officially released on October 10, 2011, is available for all major computer operating systems, making it accessible on standard desk-based and mobile computers and devices, including Apple, Inc.’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as Android-based smartphones and tablets.
“We’re excited about the powerful and user-friendly functionality of this new digital edition from Logos Bible Software,” said Erno Gyeresi, associate director of Andrews University Press and managing editor of the Andrews Study Bible product line. “We believe users will be highly impressed with how their reading experience can be customized to their preferences, the automatic tracking between the New King James Version text and the Andrews Study Bible Notes, and the speed and specificity of search functions, Gyeresi said.
“Because it operates on many platforms and has effective synchronizing functions, users can use the same purchased product on all their registered computers and devices. We’re also particularly pleased with how the software handles the unique linked reference system in the study notes highlighting the great themes of Scripture—a hallmark feature of the Andrews Study Bible.”
Gyeresi said that new Logos Bible Software customers will want to purchase the complete package of the Andrews Study Bible, along with the New King James Version of the Bible. The package retails for $39.95. Current Logos customers who already have the New King James Version from Logos in their digital library will need to buy only the Andrews Study Bible Notes product, which includes all original content in the Andrews Study Bible. That retails for $29.95. Information can be found online at www.logos.com/ andrewsstudybible.
Software Brings Adventist Scholarship to Your Hand
The arrival of the Andrews Study Bible Notes on the Logos platform means Seventh-day Adventists with access to handheld technology will have one of the church’s best Bible study resources in the palm of their hand.
Using the notes is easy, especially on the iPad, where both notes and text are synchronized: enter a Scripture reference in the Bible pane, and the notes will reflect that selection.
The quality of the notes in the Andrews Study Bible is without peer for Adventist readers. The scholarship is top-notch, yet the notes themselves are easy to follow and understand. But instead of a three-pound book to carry, it all fits in your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android device. There’s only one word for that: neat!
—News editor Mark A. Kellner has reviewed technology products since 1983 and is the author of God on the Internet, among other books.