I was pleased to find out this morning that NIV is available as a free download for the YouVersion mobile software. I installed it on my Android phone and am happy to have it in addition to the NLT which was given away freely sometime last year.
Biblica and YouVersion are to be commended for this gesture. However, I want us always to keep in mind the majority of the world’s population who don’t have access to smart phones and high speed Internet. Such people need the Bible in a free format that is easy to access, either in print, audio or electronic format. I would love to see publishers find creative ways to give away quality translations like the NLT and NIV for those who can’t access costly gadgets and Internet access. One system is the SWORD module system of Crosswire Bible Society. Another is Audio Scripture Ministries. Both these organizations are on the cutting edge of providing the Bible in many languages for those who need them most.
Find out more about the NIV giveaway at YouVersion:Limited Time: NIV Available Offline…Free on YouVersion!