FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Contemporary English Version of the Bible from American Bible Society
Available on Wireless Portable Reading Device
New York -June 5, 2008- God's Word has found a new home-on Amazon Kindle. As of today the Contemporary English Version of the Bible (CEV), a modern-day translation of the American Bible Society, can be instantly accessed through the Amazon device without the use of a computer. A high resolution screen provides an excellent display of the text and the CEV Bible is searchable. The simplicity of the Kindle device is a plus for those looking to get specific books of the Bible or the entire Bible itself. This makes the Bible into a highly portable library.
Thomas Durakis, Director of Licensing and Product Services at the American Bible Society, who has worked with Amazon on this project, praises the readability of Amazon Kindle and its appeal to the general public. Mr. Durakis says, "We are excited about using this digital platform to share scriptural texts with all of those interested in the Bible, especially new readers and younger readers."
Since 1816 the mission of the American Bible Society has been to share God's Word with the world. Mr. Durakis emphasizes, "We are charged to provide the Bible to all people in a language and format that can be understood so that the lives of those who engage with the Bible can be changed. Amazon Kindle is a new format and we embrace innovation as a way of extending the power of Scripture to everyone."
The entire American Bible Society's Contemporary English Version will be available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99 (digital list price). Those interested in certain books and biblical passages can download portions of the Bible such as Proverbs and Psalms, the Gospels or the Pentateuch.
The CEV Bible was first published by the American Bible Society in 1995 and is marked by its uncompromising simplicity. Not a paraphrase, the CEV Bible is an accurate and faithful translation of the original manuscripts in language that is contemporary and easily read by readers of all levels.
Other Bible texts of the American Bible Society, such as the Good News Translation and the Spanish language Reina Valera Revisada 1960, soon will join the CEV on Amazon Kindle.
The American Bible Society has a history of innovation:
• The first translation by the Bible Society into a language other than English, was in 1818 in the Delaware Indian language;
• In 1836 the printing of Scripture in raised letters was advanced before the development of Braille;
• The Bible Society was the first to put Bibles into hotels and riverboats back in the 1840s;
• Also in the 1840s, the first gift annuity was created;
• Pocket Bibles for soldiers were created at the time of the Civil War;
• The Bible Society began to use film in 1925 to spread God's Word;
• Bible translation was revolutionized in 1966 by the Good News Translation done in contemporary English.
Other current innovations include putting the Bible on cell phones and the prospect of special ring tones on cell phones.
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Founded in 1816 and headquartered in New York City, the mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so that all people may experience its life-changing message. The American Bible Society Web site is http://www.americanbible.org.
Roy Lloyd Nancy Hite
American Bible Society
RLM Public Relations
(212) 741-5106, ext. 211