Friday, November 05, 2004

Tablet PC Bible

Over at Biblical Theology, Jim West points to this article from the The Nashville Business Journal, where it is reported that Nelson Bibles is developing a New King James Version Bible for the Tablet PC market. A somewhat enlarged report can be found at TCMnet.com News. You can also read the press release here.

Tablet PCs are a "blend" between laptops and PDAs, with pen-input, light form-factors, and handwriting and speech recognition. Moreover, it is very much an emergent market. Some people are really enthusiastic about it (see, for example, these blog entries from Michael Hyatt's weblog [Michael is President and Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Nelson Publishers]: Why I Bought a TabletPC, Eight Things You Can Do in a Meeting with a TabletPC - you'll have to draw your own application to the kind of tasks you perform regularly -, or TabletPCs in the Bible).

The New King James Version (NKJV) will be available for download on December 1 at TabletBible.com, and you can get a preview of what it will look like by checking out this screenshot from the already available Young's Literal Translation. Note that for these free Bibles to work you need to use either GoBinder 2005 or PlanPlus for Windows XP. If any of you are already using a Tablet PC with any Bible text, it would be great to hear about your experience with it!

Update (December 31): According to TabletBible.com, the announced NKJV will be officially launched on Friday, January 7, 2005.