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Digital Roundup – 4/11/14

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1. Social e-reading app Readmill acquired by Dropbox, being discontinued.

Readmill, one of the e-reader apps we like to recommend, recently announced its discontinuation. Read their epilogue here. We plan to provide an updated list of recommended e-reader apps soon!

2. Barnes and Noble Nook update available.

Barnes and Noble released a firmware update for the Nook Glowlight. They also announced plans to release a new tablet later this year. Good news Nook users: you can purchase e-books from Crossway and download them from your virtual bookshelf and upload them onto your device.

3. E-readers make increased reading easier, study shows.

Are you an avid reader? According to a recent study, owners of e-readers are more likely to read than the average person. For an easy way to keep up with daily Bible reading, check out our ESV Daily Reading Bible e-book that portions the text into 365 daily readings.

4. Mentors for your Christian life can be found on your (virtual) bookshelf.

In this article, the Village Church offers 3 tips on how to transform reading into a deeply personal experience to aid in your spiritual formation. One great place to start would be Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series, which explores the lives, writings, and theology of the great teachers of the Christian faith. Pick up your tablet and begin a conversation in the margins with wise saints such as John CalvinFrancis SchaefferDietrich BonhoefferJohn Wesley, & B.B. Warfield.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

April 11, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Apps,Books,Digital,Digital,E-Books,News & Announcements | Author: Matt Tully @ 3:49 pm | 0 Comments »

Download Crossway’s Easter E-book Sampler

DigitalThe resurrection of Jesus Christ is a cornerstone of the Christian faith and the foundation of our hope in Christ. In anticipation of Holy Week and our Easter Sunday celebration, we wanted to share a free e-book sampler with you. This collection of popular Crossway titles explores the events surrounding Jesus’s death and resurrection and what it all means for every person living today.

This free download is available exclusively on Crossway.org and includes selections from:

  • The Final Days of Jesus – Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart
  • 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die – John Piper
  • The Finished Work of Christ – Francis A. Schaeffer
  • The Cross and Salvation – Bruce Demarest
  • Raised with Christ – Adrian Warnock
March 20, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Digital,Giveaways,Publishing | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 1:20 pm | 0 Comments »

Crossway Impact E-book & Web App Sale

Today we’re launching a one-week e-book and web app sale on Crossway.org featuring all e-books and ESVBible.org web apps at $5.99 or less. You might be particularly interested in some of our bestselling titles like Crazy Busy, The Explicit Gospel, and I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, all priced at $5.99!

This is a great opportunity to kickstart your reading in 2014!

Please note: this sale is available through February 10* and is exclusive to Crossway Impact members. But don’t worry – signing up is easy and gives you access to a number of exclusive benefits. Sign up here.**

Need help unlocking access to your e-book or web apps? You can find detailed instructions on e-books here, and instructions on web apps here.

*Sale ends at midnight CST.
**Only available to customers with a U. S. mailing address.

February 3, 2014 | Posted in: Books,Digital,ESVBible.org | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:30 am | (12) Comments »

ESV Mobile App FAQ

 1. Crossway has different ESV apps available for the iPhone and iPad (iOS). What are they and how much do they cost? 

We currently have two apps available for iOS, with one more on its way.

1. ESV app (free) – includes the full ESV Bible text
2. ESV Study + app ($14.99) – includes access to ESV Study Bible notes and resources

We’re working on a Gospel Transformation Bible app which will include access to the Gospel Transformation Bible notes and resources, as well as syncing with ESVBible.org.

2. You offer “web apps” for sale on your website. Are those the same thing as mobile apps?

Web apps are not the same thing as mobile apps. The web apps we sell on Crossway.org are resource modules to use with your free ESVBible.org account. On the other hand, mobile apps are developed to reside on specific mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). While you can certainly use ESVBible.org on your phone (through a browser like Safari or Google Chrome), the mobile apps we’re talking about here are designed for a smoother experience on that particular device (as well as offline access).

3. Are any mobile apps available for Android or other platforms? 

We currently offer a free ESV app, but have not yet released an ESV Study Bible app for Android. Crossway hasn’t yet developed mobile apps for other platforms, although several good options are available from other developers, such as Olive Tree and YouVersion.

4. Where do things currently stand with Android development? 

We’re working with an outside developer to help with Android development. Our hope is that by finding the right partner we can speed development to better serve all ESV readers, including Android users.

Android has many benefits as an operating system and enjoys a strong customer base. However, when creating an Android app, developers have more variables to account for due to the diversity of hardware and systems on the market. Because we want our apps to work closely with ESVBible.org, we’re doing things with these apps that haven’t been done before. These variables become more complicated with Android than they are with iOS by comparison.

5. Can you do more to prioritize mobile app development? 

We’re committed to the gospel and God’s Word at Crossway, and we view the development of digital resources as an important part of that mission. We have an exceptional team of developers supporting ESVBible.org, Crossway.org, and mobile development.

However, the reality is that as a not-for-profit organization, we’re always working with limited personnel and resources. If you want to help, please consider supporting Crossway’s publishing ministry. We’re also looking to hire another web application developer if you or someone you know is interested in applying.

6. Do any apps sync with ESVBible.org? 

Our latest update to the free iPhone app brought syncing of notes and highlights with ESVBible.org accounts (iPad to come, see #8 below). Syncing is available for users who have iOS version 6.1 or newer. We’re working on an update to the Study+ app with updated design and syncing. When finished, our Gospel Transformation Bible app will offer syncing with ESVBible.org from the start. The Android app does not currently offer ESVBible.org syncing, but this will come in a future update.

7. The iPad version of the free app doesn’t match the latest iPhone update. Why isn’t the update available for the iPad? 

iPhone and iPad apps are actually separate files, both optimized to differing screen sizes and capabilities. Since syncing with ESVBible.org was long-requested we felt it was better to release the iPhone update (which was ready) rather than wait for both to be ready.

We’re hard at work on an iPad update that will bring with it the new design and syncing (for version 6.1 or newer) now available for the iPhone. We’re expecting something fairly soon and will let you know when it’s ready. 

8. When can I expect an update of the iOS Study + app that provides syncing with ESVBible.org? 

We should have something very soon. It’s our next priority!

9. When should I expect the release of the Gospel Transformation Bible app?

We plan to release the Gospel Transformation Bible app at the same time as the Study + app update. 

10. When can I expect either an updated Android app or an ESV Study Bible Android app?

Our plan is to release the Study + and Gospel Transformation Bible apps for iOS and then the iPad update to the free app. We’ll then start on important updates to the free Android app. Once we’ve figured out syncing for the free app we’ll then move to an Android Study Bible app, Lord willing. We can’t give a firm timeline for Android development, but this is important to us. Android users, thank you for your patience!

11. It seems like past timeframes for the release of apps have fluctuated. Why?

In the past we haven’t always delivered on expected timeframes for the release of new apps and important updates. This has undoubtedly been confusing for many.

Since we’re building these apps from scratch, and are now integrating them with our own ESVBible.org, there’s a tremendous amount of trial and error. We regularly discover problems we couldn’t anticipate. The reality of working with limited resources in app development is that when we encounter roadblocks, we often don’t have the flexibility to shift more personnel/money to the project, and are thus forced to adjust our expected release date. See #4 above for how you can help.

12. My print edition of the ESV Study Bible and/or Gospel Transformation Bible came with free online access through ESVBible.org. Does unlocking online access also give me free access to the mobile apps? 

Unlocking ESVBible.org access to the online edition (i.e. the web app) of our study Bibles does not provide free access to our mobile apps. Part of this has to do with restrictions Apple has in place and part of it has to do with off-setting the significant development costs for both our mobile apps and ESVBible.org. As a not-for-profit ministry, we’re trying to keep these apps as accessible and affordable as possible, but we also need to ensure we can afford to support them in the future. 

13. What’s the best way to hear about new app updates and releases? 

Keeping an eye on our blog isn’t a bad idea – we’ll post anything app-related here. You can also follow us on Twitter: @esvbible, or on Facebook: facebook.com/esvbible. You can also subscribe to our ESV Newsletter. 

14. If I have a problem with one of my apps, whom should I contact?

The best place to post comments or ask questions is on our online forum: community.crossway.org

January 13, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Apps,Bible News,Digital,Digital,ESVBible.org,ESVBible.org,News & Announcements,Publishing | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 2:00 pm | (7) Comments »

Update on iOS ESV Bible App

Last month we released a major update to our free iOS ESV Bible app. The update brought several changes to the iPhone app, including a new interface and account syncing.

The big goal of this update was to make “cloud syncing” available between the mobile app and ESVBible.org––our most requested feature. For a variety of reasons, this was an enormously complex project.

While most users haven’t had any trouble with the updates, some have experienced crashing and a few have reported losing personal notes and highlights. If you were one of these people, we sincerely apologize.

We want you to know that we’re working with our developers to fix the bugs as quickly as possible. Because of the complexity, we can’t promise a quick fix, but we’re committed to getting this right.

If Your Data is Missing

Many crashing issues stem from problems related to integrating old user data into the new app. To sync the app with ESVBible.org, we had to rework the way user data was stored in the mobile app. This reworked architecture seems to be what’s causing problems for some.

If you have a backup of the old app on iCloud or on your computer, you should be able to recover your user data. If you do not have a backup, deleting the app from your phone and re-downloading it from the iTunes store will make the app work, but you’ll lose your notes (you’re essentially just downloading the brand new app file).

If you created highlights and notes in the old app, do not delete the app from your phone. We’re working on an update right now that should soon give you access to your notes and highlights. For more instructions on recovering user data from a backup, go here.

Once again, we sincerely apologize for the difficulty this has caused many of you. We are working hard to fix the app as quickly as possible. For specific questions or concerns, please visit our online forum.

January 10, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Apps,Bible News,Digital,Digital,ESV,ESVBible.org,News & Announcements | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 10:27 am | (6) Comments »