Friday, August 27, 2010

Biblia.com: Bible Study Online from Logos Bible Software

The latest news from Logos Bible Software is the launch of Biblia.com (beta) an online Bible study website that far outstrips any other online Bible Study website I have used.  I have been waiting for this kind of expansion from Logos, and I love it.

Here are some details about Biblia.com from Bob Pritchett, President and CEO of Logos Bible Software.  (This was posted early this morning on the Logos Bible Software Blog.)






Introducing the Biblia.com beta release: a super-simple Bible for the web that’s backed up by the incredible technology (and massive library!) of Logos Bible Software. What makes Biblia.com so cool?

1. Simplicity
Need to link to a Bible verse?
http://biblia.com/bible/jn3.16
Want to choose multiple verses and a specific version? http://biblia.com/bible/nlt/jn3.16-20

2. Power
Want to see the verse in context, or side-by-side with a commentary? Just click the “more >>” link and the single-passage display turns into a two-pane viewer where you can scroll through the Bible and thousands of other books from your Logos library.
You can even link directly to a book in your library: http://biblia.com/books/summbblnt/Jn3

Need to search? Biblia.com has the power of the Logos 4 search engine, running on the web.

3. Depth
Biblia.com offers thousands of resources for searching and reading online. Everyone can use a small collection of books (including more than a dozen bible translations). A free account allows access to dozens more free books. And Logos 4 users can access their library online, complete with synchronization of “last read” position between Logos 4, the iPhone/iPad, and Biblia.com! (The list of books available online is subject to publisher permission, as with availability through mobile applications.)

In the future, everyone will be able to purchase content at Biblia.com and use it wherever they choose: online, on mobile devices, in Logos Bible Software 4, etc.

4. Freedom
With shared licenses between Logos Bible Software 4 for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Mobile Web, and Biblia.com, your content is available wherever you are. And we’re opening up to your great ideas, too:http://api.biblia.com offers a powerful set of web services for Bible search and retrieval. Anyone can harness the power of Logos Bible Software 4’s underlying engine to build new web sites, mashups, etc.

Biblia.com is still in beta, but the features that are live are running well. You can link to the URL’s created by Biblia.com’s “Share” feature and they will continue to work into the future. We will also be redirecting RefTagger and Ref.ly links to Biblia.com in the next few days.

Please send feedback to BibliaFeedback@logos.com, or join the discussion in our 
forums.

I tried this out and, sure enough, the last passage I was working on in Logos 4 popped up immediately.

I also see that I have access to 121 Bible versions and original language texts as well as 292 volumes from my synchronized library.


So far, the beta version is limited in features, but more are to come. I see that I'm experiencing some issues with fonts (which may be an issue on my end), but I like the access to basic resources with excellent response time.

Great job!

Check it out!
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