April 29th, 2011
Glo Bible and YouVersion team up in an unprecedented partnership to encourage Bible use through technology.
ORLANDO, Florida – April 29th, 2011 – With millions of online and mobile users, YouVersion is teaming up with Glo the 2010 Bible of the Year to inspire and encourage people to read the Bible in a whole new way. Launched at the Q Gathering in Portland, Oregon earlier this week, this partnership will bring two innovative like–minded technology organizations together to promote Bible engagement.
“By merging the timeless wisdom of God’s Word with devices people use every day, we’ve seen firsthand how technology can boost Scripture engagement,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Pastor, Innovation Leader at LifeChurch.tv (creators of YouVersion). “Bringing YouVersion into the Glo environment offers individuals powerful tools to interact with the Bible, and we’re excited to see how they help people learn and grow.”
While their mission is the same, their platform focus is different. The Bible App by YouVersion is the most downloaded Bible app on mobile devices, while Glo focuses on desktops and tablet devices that best showcase experiential zoom capabilities and high-resolution media.
Because of this partnership, for the first time YouVersion features will be made available inside a desktop application on Mac and PC. The collaboration includes the ability from within Glo to access YouVersion notes, add public & private notes, view community notes, and synchronize bookmarks on Glo for Mac, PC and iPad with iPhone available in the next update.
“Since Bobby and I started discussing the potential of the Glo and YouVersion collaboration, we were excited about the possibilities of sharing technologies because we both want to increase Bible engagement in modern ways.” says Nelson Saba, CEO of Immersion Digital, makers of the Glo Bible. “It’s great to see these two technologies integrated under a shared vision. I hope the synergy between the two platforms will help many more people engage with the Bible.”
Both YouVersion and Glo are available as free downloads. Glo can be downloaded for the iPad from the app store, and for Mac and PC users from www.globible.com. YouVersion is available online at http://www.youversion.com, as well as in iTunes, Android and Blackberry app stores: http://youversion.com/download. For existing Glo Lite or Glo Premium users, a simple update is needed to access YouVersion in Glo.
About the Glo Digital Bible
Immersion Digital’s multi-platform approach, from desktop to mobile devices, presents the Bible to the mainstream user in a whole new way. With zoom technology and a touch interface, Glo presents a rich interactive database of historic as well as contemporary articles, images, animations, video, maps, 360-degree virtual tours, and more. The PC version won the 2010 Bible of the Year award, and the company believes that by seizing these new mobile touchscreen platforms with a fresh interface and compelling timely content, they add an entirely new dimension to the dynamic Bible market. Glo has now added a Mac and iPad version to accompany the existing Windows version. This means that one can now use Glo on up to five devices while syncing notes, translations and media.
The iPhone and iPod touch version of Go is currently in production and scheduled for a spring release. Glo “Premium” can also be found in bookstores nationwide, and include discs that can install the entire media library on both Mac and PC. Glo with the British Text NIV is scheduled to be released internationally on May 10th.
About Immersion Digital
Immersion Digital is a technology and media company founded in 2008. Its flagship product, Glo, is an interactive Bible that brings God’s Word to life through HD video, images, animations, maps, reading plans, 360-degree virtual tours and more. Chairman Phil Chen and CEO Nelson Saba (founder of Visual Book Productions, the creator of iLumina) share a vision to create immersive experiences that are relevant and engaging to this digital age. For more information please visit www.globible.com/press