Recently my dreams for the possibilities of reading the Bible on my favorite new toy became a reality.
From the moment Steve Jobs introduced the magical device, I had hoped the iPad would replace many of my most used possessions. Despite some incredible apps on the app store, it wasn’t until recently that I finally made the leap in using the iPad as my main source of Bible reading.
Recently I downloaded an ESV study bible as an ePub file. Once I got the study bible onto the iPad and iPhone, I was blown away about how it would change the way that I read and study the Bible.
The universal nature of the iBooks is a great benefit to the reading experience on the iPhone and the iPad. Obviously the iPad is a much better reading device when comparing to the small screen on the phone, but having an iPhone with me at all times allows for much greater mobility.
iBooks lets me always have access to the same notes, bookmarks, and current page no matter what device I’m using. So there won’t be any situations where a brilliant note that I made while on the toilet is on one device while I’m stuck trying to remember what it was that I wrote down while working on my message the next day in the office.
There are obviously great Bible applications available, some free and some paid, already on the app store. I have been a long time user of the Bible App by LifeChurch.tv but the benefits of Apple’s stunning book reading app far outweighed any Bible apps I have used so far.
Simply put iBooks offers a better user experience than other apps and has nearly matched, if not offered more than, what I could do with my hard copy of the Bible.