Julianne at ½ + ½ = 1 tells of a prize she received in a recent contest:
Each of us received a shiny mini size English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. Actually, we are supposed to give the gifts that we got away – we’re supposed to give them to either people who don’t have Bibles or non-Christians.
However, when I saw the size of it and the version of the Bible, I’m so tempted to keep it. Actually, Angela, Jessica and I were talking about how tempted we were to keep the Bibles for ourselves. The reason *I* wanna keep it is because it’s an ESV Bible. Jessica wants to keep it because of its small size… Angela wants to keep it because there are concordances at the back of the Bible! LOL! All of us have different reasons to want to keep the Bible.
The story has a happy ending: she finds someone to whom she gives away the Bible.
James sends news of a Greasemonkey add-on he’s developed that automatically links Scripture references in webpages to the ESV. (Greasemonkey is itself an add-on for Firefox.)
Meanwhile, emailer Colin explains how to add ESV search to Camino, a browser for the Mac:
- Close Camino.
- Find your search engine plist. The search engine plist can be found in your user profile at ~/Library/Application Support/Camino/SearchURLList.plist. The format of SearchURLList.plist is straightforward. Essentially, you have a list of search engine names and their corresponding search URLs. The search engine name is the human-readable string displayed in the search field’s magnifying glass menu, and the search URL is the URL that Camino will visit to display search results.
- Open in TextEdit.
- Add the following text:
Make sure you add this before the part in the existing file that says:
- Save the .plist file
- Re-open Camino.
Erin at Works of the Heart, who at thirteen is the youngest blogger we’ve seen talking about the ESV, tells how she uses her family’s computer:
Along with my regular school work, I’m also learning to knit and crochet using an interactive CD-rom and I listen to different sermons and the ESV Bible online.
Neat. The ESV website lets you listen to up to 176 verses at a time, which can keep you occupied for a while.
Oh, and Erin, if it makes you feel any better, most of our computers here are Dells—though our cover designers and typesetters all use Macs.
We’ve released six new spots in the “Bible for Life” radio campaign. Each one-minute spot has someone reading a passage from the ESV and meditating on it.
This month features Steve Mason from Jars of Clay, Shawn Lewis from Hyperstatic Union, and others.
Listen to all the spots at www.bibleforlife.org.
Publishers Weekly recently ran an article summarizing the U.S. Bible market.
- Annual Bible sales total between $425 million and $609 million.
- Zondervan and Thomas Nelson together account for 86% of the market.
- Bible readership is on the rise.
- Cost is increasing for many of the raw materials that comprise Bibles, especially Bible paper.
- “The black leather Bible is a thing of the past. ‘Consumers want readable, portable, fashionable and usable Bibles,’” according to Harper San Francisco.
- Tyndale just came out with Veritas, a Bible-and-purse matched set.
- Full-color printing on Bible paper only recently became possible.
We don’t offer comment on any point except the last. Being able to print a Bible in full-color is a major technological advance in Bible publishing. The ESV Children’s Bible takes advantage of this ability, and other ESV Bibles will do so in the future.