I’m not sure if you like the NLT (New Living Translation) or not, but I just came across something that Tyndale is coming out with very soon. It is a printed NLT Bible called the Filament Bible that utilizes a digital experience for its study tools which is connected to the Filament Bible. I am seriously hoping to get my hands on this one when it comes out so I can do a full review of it for my readers!
There are two pieces to this new Filament Bible that Tyndale is coming out with. First, is a printed Bible that does not have study notes in it of any kind from the looks of it. The design looks to be very simple and single column, making it look like a very easy reading experience. But if you want to dive deeper into the study portion rather than just reading, that’s where the 2nd part of this comes into play. There is a Filament app that you install on your digital device (iOS and Android compatible from what I am seeing). Then you just point your camera at the page (or page number) you are reading in your printed Filament Bible and then on your digital device, you can access all of the study tools you which from the looks of it, it has some very nice features. For those that don’t want to carry around a really thick or heavy Study Bible, this could be a very plausible alternative for you, offering an easy reading experience, but the tools for when you want to dive into deeper studies.
CLICK HERE to keep updated on news about this upcoming release from Tyndale! It promises to be very exciting!
To be completely honest, I am a little surprised that other publishers haven’t already gone this route before now. Yes, there are some Bibles where you can access the study notes online (most are purchase or subscription-based), but I have not personally seen any that are integrated to the reading experience of a physical book before. Let me know if there is one out there that I’m not aware of yet.
This is a very unique way to present a “Study Bible” that incorporates an easy to read, uncluttered text-only Bible, with very powerful study tools that you access on your digital device. This does have the potential to revolutionize the Study Bible market for those that are even remotely familiar with their digital devices and don’t mind using their tablet or phone for extra-Biblical information.
From this preview video below, it almost looks like a dual media Study Bible on steroids. It allows for a great reading experience if you want to go that path, yet if you are wanting to do some deep studying, it gives you ways to Study (looks like study notes and book introductions), Reflect (seems like a devotional type tool) or See (for exploring maps and other visual media tools). Really, this is kind of the best of both worlds between just reading and deeper studies.
I’m sure as we get closer to the release in early October 2018, we will get more and more info but from what I can tell, they are saying that the app will be on the iTunes App Store and Google Play, so it should support iOS and Android. No word yet on a Windows version from what I’m seeing, though.
I will update you on any further developments on this promising Bible. In the meantime, I would highly suggest you sign up to get updates of your own – if nothing else, to be able to see what this will hold. You can subscribe by clicking HERE.
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Some details as of right now:
Filament printed Bible:
- Single column
- Bindings: Black Leatherlike, Gray Cloth Hardcover, and Midnight Blue Cloth Hardcover
- Ribbon marker
- copper-colored gilding on the leatherlike one
- raised spine hubs
- rounded corners
- 8.75 point lexicon font
- Lays flat
- 2176 pages
- 1.7 pounds
- Size: 8.25 x 5.33 inches (not sure how thick it is yet)
- Appears to have decent margins on the outside
- Scan page (no QR code or other lines or dots – just scan page numbers in the Bible)
- After scanning page number, opens in-depth study, devotional and visual content based on what page you are reading
- Available in the App Store and on Google Play
- The Study feature includes Book Introductions, Study Notes, in-depth articles on topics, key people of the Bible, etc.
- The Reflect feature is not the in-depth study tool like Study is but gives you a way to connect things from the Bible to your everyday life.
- The See feature is where they house all things visual, which includes things such as interactive maps and illustrations, videos from The Bible Project (which are very well done from the ones I have seen) and photos of the different sites based on key locations that you tap on in the maps.
If you wish to pre-order the Filament Bible, you can do so by clicking any of the links below.
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|NLT Filament Bible, LeatherLike, Black
By Tyndale House
Bible Formats and Options:
Here are some of the different formats that this Bible comes in per the publisher as well as links to the purchase each of them (prices listed below are at the time of writing this review and are subject to change):
ISBN: 978-1496433176 (Black Leatherlike) $56.99 – release date 10/2/2018
ISBN: 978-1496436313 (Gray Cloth Hardcover) $45.99 – release date 10/8/2018
ISBN: 978-1496433169 (Midnight Blue Cloth) $45.99 – release date 10/2/2018
From the publisher’s website: Tyndale House Publishers was started back in 1962 with the publication of Living Letters printing 2,000 copies. It was launched by Ken and Margaret Taylor and operated out of their dining room. Since then, privately owned Tyndale has grown significantly and publishes many Bibles and Christian resources like the Life Application Study Bible and novels such as the “Left Behind” series.
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