Dec 15, 2008 David Lang

ESV Study Bible Now Available

We're very excited to announce that the ESV Study Bible is now available as an Accordance module. The print version of the ESV Study Bible was released in mid-October, and has already enjoyed record sales. Accordance is among the first Bible software programs to offer an electronic edition of this popular resource.

One reason why the ESV Study Bible has become such a runaway success is that it offers rich content in a beautiful format. It is literally crammed with full-color maps and images, attractive timelines and tables, and detailed study notes which follow the literary outline of each book. In addition, there are numerous articles discussing the literary divisions within the Old and New Testaments, introducing each Biblical book, giving historical background information, and covering such topics as doctrine, ethics, interpretive methods, the biblical canon, archaeology, the original languages of the Bible, and more.

In developing the Accordance module, we made every effort to preserve the rich formatting of the print edition, a fact which some of our users have already noticed. The Accordance module also features extensive linking to other Accordance modules and web resources.

Finally, a word about price. A couple of people (including another Bible software developer) have publicly criticized the price of the Accordance module, but as far as I can tell, the criticisms arise from a misunderstanding. The ESV Study Bible Notes come bundled with the ESV translation for $70. Those who already have the ESV, which includes everyone with Library 8 Standard or Premier, pay only $40 for the ESV Study Bible Notes. And of course, with ministry and academic discounts you end up paying even less. By way of comparison, the two Windows programs which currently offer the ESV Study Bible Notes (without the ESV translation) list it at $49.95. We've made every effort to make the Accordance edition of the ESV Study Bible Notes one of the best and most affordable editions available. As a result, we've seen the same enthusiastic response and brisk sales which the print edition has received.

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Archived Comments

Denes House

December 18, 2008 2:36 PM
No way. No way! NO WAY!! Woo-hoooo! Yee-HAWW! Yippee! (etc.)!!!! I'm going to buy and download it this minute.


December 21, 2008 7:39 PM
I agree that they were off base to criticise the price of your module. No words are necessary. $70 for Accordance vs $31.49 at Enough said IMHO. BTW your blog hasn't been coming through on Google Reader since Dec 5 and I don't know why. Your last post mentioned moving to a new server so obviously it hasn't updated or something. I guess I should try unsubscribing and resubscribing or something. Good day A-Team!

Rick Bennett

December 22, 2008 9:38 AM
Thomas, You are missing the point here. The number of customers who already own the ESV, or ESVS is very high. Every customer who purchases the Library 8 Standard or Premier level receives the ESVS. In addition, every package level starting at $99 includes the choice of one or more Bible unlocks of choice – including the ESV. Thus, a very large number of customers interested in the ESVSB already own the ESV text, making $40 (less applicable discounts) a very fair price. It is also likely that a number of customers will want to use the Notes in coordination with a translation other than the ESV. Regarding the feed, you do need to subscribe again with the new feed address. Click the the RSS logo in the upper right of the page by the first post, and it should automatically add to your preferred reader.


December 30, 2008 1:33 AM
A point is being missed, but I don't it's Thomas that's doing the missing. The price of the ESV Study *Bible* for Accordance is $70. The price of a hardbound printed copy of the ESV Study *Bible* is, as Thomas indicated, around $35 or less. Thus, the price of the Accordance electronic copy is over twice the price of the printed copy. That is ... overpriced. IMO, an electronic copy of a book (any book) should never be more expensive than a printed copy, much less twice as expensive.

David Lang

December 30, 2008 1:00 PM
Vince, I appreciate your opinion that an electronic book should never be more expensive than a printed copy. For those operating on that premise, there's little I can say to defend the price of the Accordance ESV Study Bible. All I can do is respectfully suggest that there are other premises which need to be considered. Here are a few: 1. The list price for a hardbound ESV Study Bible from Amazon is $40. $32 is the discounted price. $70/$40 is our list price, and we offer discounts too. 2. Different print editions of the ESV Study Bible cost more than the hardback edition; in some cases, much more. 3. If you already paid for a nice, leatherbound edition of the ESV, and now you want a nice leatherbound edition of the ESV Study Bible, you have to pay for the translation all over again . . . the bookstore won't give you credit for the translation you already purchased. We do. And, as Rick pointed out, most of our existing users who want the ESV Study Bible already have the ESV, so they only pay $40. 4. Why must a physical book always cost more than an electronic book, when additional development costs went into the creation of the electronic book? It's easy to say that the more ephemeral version of the book should cost less, but that assumes that the only production costs which need to be recouped are the costs of creating and distributing the physical product. It's like saying that a dinner at a fancy steakhouse should always cost less than a meal at an all-you-can-eat buffet, since you get more food at the buffet. But food quantity is not the only factor which determines price, or value. Neither, I would submit, are the costs of the physical medium the only factor which determines the value of an electronic book versus a print one. 5. Our pricing is consistent with other software developers who are offering the ESV Study Bible notes for $50 without the translation, and we have had no complaints from our users, who have been happy to get an Accordance version of this resource so soon after its release in print. Ultimately, we do our best to offer the best electronic resources at an affordable price, while also being able to pay royalties and recoup our development costs. As you'll see from my A-Team post, most of the revenue we receive gets sunk right back into development, and that ultimately benefits our users even further. I hope this helps.

Rick Bennett

December 31, 2008 11:41 AM
…and we have had no complaints from our users, who have been happy to get an Accordance version of this resource so soon after its release in print. Good point(s), David. Although I think "happy" may be an understatement for some…as you can see from the first comment!

Doug Keller

March 23, 2009 12:47 PM

Is this the same animal as the ESB Literary Study Bible, or is this a different study bible version?

Doug Keller

March 23, 2009 12:48 PM

oops, that should have been ESV, not ESB, my apologies!