MyBible v3.0 for Palm OS

Reviewed by: Lianne Reitter, October 2004, send e-mail
Published by: Laridian Electronic Publishing, go to the web site
Requires: Palm OS; versions Pocket PC and Windows CE handhelds
MSRP: US$10.00 (reader), US$29.99 or less (for individual bible translations)

Laridian Electronic Publishing has come up with a very unique way of presenting the Bible. MyBible v3.0 is software that allows you to access every book, chapter and verse without having to earmark your favorite pages or memorize every word. Kickstartnews was given the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible along with the NIV Study Bible Notes to test, but you can also download the American Standard Version, the King James Version, the New Living Translation and even the Young’s Literal Translation to name just a few.

Once you launch the program you are brought immediately to Genesis, in the beginning, and you notice that the page is littered with little blue icons (different asterisks really). These icons are key to the MyBible Software as they will bring you directly to the accompanying study notes, cross references within the bible version you are using and program footnotes which include information such as alternate interpretations of the original translated texts. Along the top of the screen is information telling you what version of the bible you're in (important if you purchase more than one version), the book, chapter and verse number and a little bookmark icon that will allow you to remember where you left off, or your favorite pages. All of these tools work well alone or in combination if you are seriously studying the bible, helping you easily jump back and forth through related text.

To further assist your bible reading you can highlight your favorite passages in six different colors (monochrome PDAs will underline the text instead). Adding your own notes is easily accomplished through the edit menu and a little yellow page icon will appear beside the chapter number to indicate the presence of notes.

Another way to quickly access the different books of the bible is to simply click on the top right hand portion of the screen where the current chapter is shown. At your disposal will be every book from Genesis to Revelations. Pick a book and you will be brought to a page showing every chapter number and from there to every verse. If you know where you want to go, getting there is easy.

If all you want to do is just turn the page and read the Bible, that is also easily accomplished by tapping the lower right corner of the screen to proceed to the next page, or conversely, the top left corner to go back.

You don't have to be religious to find a use this software. To be completely honest, it was watching a recent controversial movie that prompted my interest in this kind of Palm OS software and I was very pleasantly surprised that it even existed. If you are looking for a convenient way to carry around the entire text of your favorite version of the Bible, this is a great way to go.

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