With a growing number of people incorporating digital content into their study of Scripture, Tyndale House Publishers has launched a new collection of Bibles featuring “game-changing” app technology designed to take Bible accessibility to a whole new level.
“The Filament Bible Collection, with its tight integration between print Bibles and the companion app, provides opportunities that have never before been possible in either traditional print or digital Bibles,” said Project Director and Tyndale House Senior Editor Keith Williams in a press release. “We believe it is a big step into the future of Bible reading.”
A recent survey (American Bible Society, 2020) found that the group with the highest level of Scripture engagement is the Millennial generation (ages 21-35), and that they read the Bible just about equally in print (48%) and digital (52%) formats.
Appealing to anyone who uses a mobile phone or tablet, the Filament Bible Collection is a line of lightweight print Bibles featuring a first-in-market app that connects readers to extensive content related to any page they are reading.
Readers simply scan a page number of the Filament Bible with their mobile device and the simple-to-use free Filament app instantly provides access to study notes, devotionals from authors (such as Chris Tiegreen, Nancy Guthrie, Colin S. Smith, and Harold Myra), interactive maps, articles, teaching videos (The Bible Project), and worship music (The Worship Initiative) that relate to the verse or passage of Scripture being read.
“The ease with which Bible readers can access spot-on content curated immediately for the page they’re reading is unprecedented,” said Williams. “By utilizing the free Filament app, these portable Bibles provide far more study resources and enjoyable teaching videos, devotionals, and worship music than even the largest study Bible could offer. If you tried to fit all of this content into one Bible, you’d be carrying it in a wheelbarrow!”
The first Filament Bibles, which released this month, include a selection of 18 Thinline Reference editions in the New Living Translation and the King James Version, with and without indexing. The Bibles are available in standard and large print editions and each edition includes access to the free companion Filament Bible app available from the App Store or Google Play.
“Our goal with the Filament Bible Collection is to see people engaged in Scripture, using means that are most accessible to them in this digital age,” said Tyndale House Bible Brand Director Jim Jewell. “In terms of market disruption, the Filament Bible app may be the most significant Bible innovation since Gutenberg’s moveable type.”
Since its founding in 1962, Tyndale House Publishers has been a voice to trust for generations of readers and, today, is one of the largest independent Christian publishers in the world. Tyndale’s independent and non-profit status allows it to follow its founding model, giving a majority of annual revenue to charitable missions—more than $100 million throughout its history. With every book purchased, Tyndale readers help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.
By NRB Staff
Published: September 17, 2020