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.