“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. (Eccl. 12:12)” When we started work on meBible, there were very few Bible apps for the newly-released iPad. The Bible software that did exist wasn’t optimized for this new tablet device, and none offered the unique features we envisioned for meBible. You can rightly say that meBible was created to fill a specific void in this space. In fact, I wrote meBible to be MY Bible, because I was dissatisfied with the existing choices at that time.
Now it seems that every church and every ministry has its own Bible app. “Of the writing of Bible apps there is no end, and much programming wearies the body.” The well-known publishers: Logos, Olive Tree, LifeChurch, and others, have worked hard to optimize their Bible software for the iPad. These large organizations have amazing resources at their disposal, thus how YouVersion can provide almost every translation imaginable, Logos Bible Software can provide such a comprehensive array of study material, and Glo Bible can provide absolutely amazing multimedia, just to name a few. So the question for us is, is there still room in this now very-crowded space for meBible?
I believe the answer is yes. meBible is currently a 5 star app with over 20,000 downloads and a very loyal and engaged user base of Christians around the world, many who are using meBible in their ministry. I have no misconceptions – meBible will never be as popular as YouVersion, Logos Bible, and other major Study Bible apps. I’m okay with that. We serve a niche´ market, so even with the recent flood of Bible apps in the App Store, there remains a strong interest in meBible. It actually boggles my mind when I think about it!
Therefore work will begin on meBible version 3.0 in January, 2015. This will be a fairly significant project, because we aim to bring meBible to the iPhone and Mac PCs. We’re very excited about the new features in iOS 8, including Continuity and iCloud Drive. We have a variety of other features planned that should add greatly to meBible’s usefulness. As it has been since the beginning, many of these new features come from great suggestions from people like you!
What is the future of meBible? They say, “The third time’s the charm.” I believe version 3 with be the last major update to meBible, at least under my watch. I’ve poured countless hours, and my very heart, into meBible over the years. It’s the flagship app of my company, and it’s my own personal Bible study, so we have no plans to abandon it. However, I do want to “finish” it – a strange concept in the software industry, where products never, ever seem to be truly finished.
There’s one last question I’d like to answer. Would we ever sell meBible to another company? The answer is “Yes,” if the terms were right. There’s only so far we can take meBible with our limited resources. If a company or ministry offered to acquire meBible and take it where we cannot, I would be very open to negotiations. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this.
Follow this page for details and an inside-look at our upcoming version 3.0 release. Thank you for your interest in and support of meBible!