Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Best Digital Platform for Reading the ESV Bible (Free)

Over the past year I have been using the Logos Bible App on my smartphone and Kindle Fire to do more and more of my Bible study and reading! I'm getting the hang of it and am really enjoying the versatility and wide array of marking options. As far as reading digital books goes, the Logos system is, hands down, the best option. Granted, the selection of books is limited in many respects to what is offered in other digital formats, but for in depth Bible study you will find plenty of available resources; and this really is the strength of the Logos system. 

Not long ago, I began to hear about a new effort to make an interactive study Bible called the Faithlife Study Bible. I downloaded the available ebooks to my Logos collection but did not realize until now the full potential of the separate Faithlife Study Bible app. The Faithlife Study Bible app links the biblical text with a super set of study notes, intriguing infographics, and much more. Also, as I saw for the first time today, there is a community notes option built in to this app (not available in the standard Logos Bible app) which allows one to interact with others as they study passages. I see a great use for this in small groups, Sunday School classes, school settings, and even families. I still need to try out this option to see how it works, but, so far, I like what I see. 

EVEN BETTER...beginning today, when you download or update the Faithlife Study Bible app, you will receive a free copy of the English Standard Version (ESV)

This is an exciting development for those who are new to the Logos Bible Software system. You do not need to purchase a large package, but can begin with this familiar, and very good translation right away. If you prefer another English translation, you will need to purchase it (for about $10). The free default version for this app is the Lexham English Bible.

This is, by far, the best system to use for digital Bible study. 

The Logos Bible software system knocks the socks off of the Kindle digital ebooks. The highlighting, cross-referencing, linking, reading books side-by-side, and searching functions are superior to the Kindle system! 

In order build your digital library, there are two primary options: 1) purchasing books and packages from, and 2) purchasing individual books (lots of Christian fiction, too) from

I am not advocating moving from printed books to digital books only. Personally, I am building my Logos digital library very selectively, and slowly. But I use what I have more efficiently than my printed library.

I encourage you to check this out, especially if you have been using another digital version of the ESV. This is the BEST OPTION out there.

Here is a list of promotion information from the publisher:

Giveaway details
Starting July 24, anyone who downloads or signs in to the Faithlife Study Bible app will get the English Standard Version free for life! All Faithlife Study Bible app users will get a full license to the ESV Bible, including offline access when Internet is not available. Users can download their free copy of the Faithlife Study Bible app by visiting the Faithlife/ESV giveaway page anytime between 12:00 a.m. (PST) July 24 and 11:59 p.m. August 10.

Get the Faithlife Study Bible and the English Standard Version here:

Everyone who takes advantage of this giveaway will enjoy the following features and benefits:

  • The English Standard Version of the Bible
    • Praised for its clarity, fidelity to the original languages and accuracy based on the most recent scholarship
    • The fastest-growing Bible translation available
  • The world’s largest full-featured study Bible
    • Over 1.4 million words of verse notes and topical articles (equal to a 2,800-page commentary)
    • Study notes on three out of four Bible verses
    • The Lexham Bible Dictionary, with over 2,800 articles
    • Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional
    • Over 1,300 additional helps, including photos, tables, sidebar articles,
    • infographics, family trees, maps and videos
    • Integration with and the ability to share verse-by-verse notes
    • with others
    • Expanding content — the FSB grows to reflect new scholarship