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Posted by Slim_Chestnut at Apr 12, 2004 3:40:22 PM
I understand the reasons that the NIV, NASB, Amplified, Message, and other popular versions are copyrighted but they seem not to be availale for LINUX or sword reader and that is disturbing. Microsoft is not the only OS.

My wife works at International Bible Society and explained that one thing their copyright on the NIV does is protect the translation from being corrupted by groups such as the J. Witnesses to name only one.

Of course it also ensures that the publishers will not be "ripped" off after expending what is sometimes huge sums of money on the work. Literally hundreds of shcolars worked on or were consulted for the NIV and the TNIV.

I am most concerned that the Bible Societies get on board with electronic versions or in a few years they could become irrelavent!

If I want to share a scripturewith one of my current circle of friends then it will be via email or in some "modern" form. Yes, I read real books and love them too but that is simply not where the missionary thrust of today belongs except in third and fourth world countries.

People are rapidly becoming more erudite as Daniel says in the last days. Knowledge is greatly increased. Sadly wisdom seems to be in decline.

If there is something we can do to make the more popular versions available please let us know!