GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-first-century technology meets a 2,000-year-old book: the Bible meets the iPod. Zondervan, the world's largest Bible publisher, has partnered with Talking Panda, a leader in software development for the iPod, to release the TNIV Audio Bible for iPod in February 2006. This marks the first audio Bible available in Apple retail stores. The TNIV Audio Bible for iPod will feature the complete TNIV Bible, both audio and text formats, as well as study notes from the bestselling Student Bible, a subject guide and 10 topical two-week reading plans. "To be able to carry and access the entire text of the Bible in a device that fits in the palm of your hand will be a great convenience to allow time- starved people to read or listen to the Bible whenever it suits them," said Mark Hunt, vice president and publisher of new media for Zondervan. "This product allows users to read the text of the Bible on their iPod screen while listening to it on their earphones, which we think will be well-received by iPod enthusiasts." The TNIV Audio Bible for iPod comes on a single DVD which allows users to easily install both audio and text files onto their iPod. Once installed, users can select a book, chapter and verse of the Bible and begin to listen and read along from that point. The iPod screen displays the text and also provides links to study notes from the Student Bible. The Bible will be in Today's New International Version (TNIV) translation, which was launched earlier this year and designed to make Scripture easier to read and more understandable without compromising accuracy. The TNIV has been received particularly well by 18- to 34-year-olds, the same demographic as iPod users. "Research shows that the younger generation feels the Bible is relevant to their lives but they aren't engaging with it for a variety of reasons," said Hunt. "We believe this new format will make it more convenient and desirable for people to find time to either listen to or read God's Word," Hunt said. Beginning in February 2006, the TNIV Audio Bible for iPod will be available in Apple stores, Christian and general market bookstores and other mass retail outlets across the country. The suggested retail price will be $49.99. About Zondervan Zondervan is the leading Christian communications company in the world. Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, produces Bibles, books, new media products, gift products from its Inspirio group and children's products from its Zonderkidz group. The world's leading Bible publisher, Zondervan holds exclusive North American publishing rights to the New International Version of the Bible, the bestselling modern English translation in the world. More than 215 million copies of the NIV have been sold or distributed worldwide. Visit Zondervan on the Web at http://www.zondervan.com . About Talking Panda Founded in 2004, Talking Panda is the leading developer of iPod software, with numerous entertaining and useful applications that expand iPod's potential beyond that of an ordinary mp3 player. Also available from Talking Panda: iLingo, a talking language translator, iBar, which turns the iPod into the ultimate bartending tool, and iRocker, the first guitar companion application for iPod. All Talking Panda products are available at Apple retail stores and at http://www.talkingpanda.com .