Are you thinking about building a new software, website, or app with the full text of the Bible? For a Bible app to be useful to a larger audience, having popular Bible versions accessible is essential for adoption and on-going Bible engagement.
Now there's an easy way to access many popular English Bible versions, whether they have copyrights or not. This is available now in the Digital Bible Library (DBL)!
DBL provides the convenience of accessing and licensing use of multiple Bible versions in one stop and accelerate software development by making the Bible text in a common format for scalability.
At the time of this post, these are the popular Bible versions that are available for use through the DBL:
Yes, you read that right. Look at all of these common acronyms of copyrighted Bible versions are available for your use in the DBL: CSB, CEV, ESV, GNT, NRSV, NASB, NIRV, NIV, NLT. Of course, the KJV is in there too.
Plus, the Bible is for all people and DBL has the potential to reach billions. With over 1300 unique languages in the DBL so far,
To learn more about how to use the Digital Bible Library, go to thedigitalbiblelibrary.org.
About the Digital Bible Library
The Digital Bible Library® (DBL) is an online digital asset and licensing management platform developed and maintained by the United Bible Societies.
DBL gathers, validates, and safeguards a large collection of quality, standardized, digital Scripture texts and publication assets, in hundreds of languages — all contributed by a growing number of partnering translation agencies.
DBL enables the secure licensing and distribution of these resources to approved internal or external ministry partners.
This will be the starting point. Let's start with these 10 most popular Bible versions mentioned on Twitter in 2010:
KJV is the King James Version and the text itself is in public domain. However, certain formats of packaging the data may be copyrighted. See the Bible download page here for freely available KJV Bible text.
ESV is the English Standard Version, copyrighted by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. According to their Permissions page, "Crossway allows you to access the ESV Bible text from our server and include it on your website or app, free of charge for non-commercial use. To learn more or register for the API, visit api.esv.org." For other usage, contact Crossway at crossway.org/permissions/digital/
NIV is the New International Version, with copyright held by Biblica, Inc. To obtain licensing information and permission to use for commercial or non-commercial purposes, contact the corresponding point of contact listed on the page, How do I license the NIV for additional use? Note there are different contacts for commercial use in the US and Canada; commercial use in the UK, EU and EFTA; and, non-commercial use.
The Message is a popular reading Bible translated by Eugene Peterson; its copyright holder is NavPress and they're represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. According to their Permissions Information page, "Permission to quote from THE MESSAGE in projects produced for sale may be accompanied by a fee. The amount of this fee is based on the percentage of the total text that is represented by quotes from THE MESSAGE as compared to the total amount of your text in the final product, the distribution of that material, and whether it is for commercial or non-commercial use. All fees are established to protect our copyrighted material." To obtain written permission, fill out the Permission Questionnaire. The more details you provide about your project, the quicker they can process your request. Allow 2-4 weeks for a response.
More to come...
[update 1/07/2019] See the next blog post in this series for the one place to get easy access to multiple Bible versions for software development. This is a huge time saver!