In the past, electronic Bibles have become a popular way for people to more easily read the Bible on the go wherever they are. E-Bibles are great for people who want to carry their Bible with them without having to carry around the printed book in a bag or backpack.
While there are those who read the Bible on a regular basis, not too many electronics manufacturers have spent the time or the money toward creating different electronic alternatives.
Two things that are especially contributing to this disappearance: Smart phones and e-readers.
Smart phones apps are becoming more and more sophisticated, and there are a ton of Bible e-reader applications on the market today that can be used on the iPhone, Blackberry, or one of the other popular smart phones. The reason that smart phones are so popular is because people can carry all sorts of information with them in just one device. Most people with a smart phone aren’t going to also want to carry an electronic Bible with them also.
The other electronic Bible killer? The e-reader. While not as common as smart phones, e-readers such as the Kindle or Nook offer a great platform for those who want to carry their books with them in a small device that can fit practically anywhere. And while you might not be able to find a free Bible to download to your device, the most you’ll end up paying for an electronic version of the Bible would only be a few dollars. Compare that to the cost of a hardbound copy of the Bible, and you can see why there has been a shift to electronic Bibles.
So should you even consider buying an electronic Bible? That depends. If you are one of the many people out there that own a smart phone, then I would counsel against getting this electronic Bible. Instead, check out the apps available for the phone you have and look for a version of the Bible that you can download. You’ll most likely be able to find one for free, or one that is ad-supported.
Same thing goes if you own an e-reader. Check out the Bibles that are available for your device, spend a couple of bucks, and you’ll have access to a great Bible on a great platform.
However, if you don’t have a smart phone or an e-reader and want a smaller device than your current hardbound Bible that you can take with you anywhere and read whenever you want, then an electronic Bible might be exactly what you need.