iPod Bible to Hit Stores in February

TNIV Bible will be available in both text and audio versions for iPod users

Oct 26, 2005, 01:00 ET from Zondervan

    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
     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 .

SOURCE Zondervan