Sep 22, 2009 David Lang

Zondervan Partners with Accordance . . . in 1999!

Today Zondervan announced that it is discontinuing its Pradis Bible Software for Windows and will be licensing its materials to other Windows Bible software developers. This is a major shift in policy and welcome news for Windows users who did not want to use a separate Bible program exclusively for Zondervan content. The first of Zondervan's new partners is naturally and excitedly publicizing this long-awaited change, and some people may be getting the mistaken impression that this product has somehow replaced Pradis as the exclusive platform for Zondervan content.

What many people don't realize is that Pradis has never been the exclusive software platform for Zondervan content. On the Macintosh platform, MacBible existed before Pradis was ever developed. Then, ten years ago, Zondervan discontinued MacBible and partnered with Accordance to deliver its award-winning Bible reference materials to Mac users.

Zondervan released its first Accordance-compatible CD-ROM in February of 1999, and since that time has released numerous titles such as the Expositor's Bible Commentary, NIDNTT and NIDOTTE, the Zondervan Pictorial Encylopedia of the Bible, the NIV Study Bible notes, and much more. What's more, our partnership with Zondervan remains strong, and there's a lot more Zondervan material in the pipeline.

So while Windows Bible software users are partying like its 1999 while they continue to wait for Zondervan materials to be released for other programs, Accordance users can quietly smile and keep using their Zondervan resources today.

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September 22, 2009 5:07 PM

Why can't we all celebrate together? I don't think the "other" software program ever said that they had exclusive access. I've been using NIDOTTE on Pradis, and NIDNTT on Accordance, and am grateful that now users of that software platform have access as well, especially Windows users. Pradis was archaic.

David Lang

September 22, 2009 8:12 PM

Jonathan, I'm not trying to rain on anyone's celebration. It's just that a couple people were quick to ask if this news signaled a change in Zondervan's relationship to Accordance and I wanted to address that.

Wondering why these questions would even come up, I went back and read both companies' announcements again. Zondervan's press release makes it clear that they intend to license multiple "search engines," while the software developer's announcement speaks of Zondervan "changing" and "moving" to that company's product as "their new platform." I trust the difference in language is the result of innocent enthusiasm rather than deliberate marketing spin, but it did create concern on the part of some users and I felt the need to quiet those concerns. Once again, Zondervan's decision to begin new partnerships in no way affects our longstanding partnership with them.


September 27, 2009 3:04 AM

So while Windows Bible software users are partying like its 1999 while they continue to wait for Zondervan materials to be released for other programs, Accordance users can quietly smile and keep using their Zondervan resources today.

Smile? Why? Quality materials have not been easily asssible to a lot of people for 10 years! IMHO Zondervan should have been licensing these products ages ago to several Windows Bible Programs, because Pradis has always been a priorietary barrier.

We should be all smiling because hopefully this will add further momentum to getting lots of quality materials out in multiple mediums, including Accordance, Logos, PC Study Bible, Bibleworks, etc.  We need people studying the Bible in as many ways as possible. The software is just a tool. Accordance is a great tool and I hope that many more materials comes to it, but I will never smile if these materials are only available on Accordance or any other Bible program I own.

David Lang

September 27, 2009 10:00 PM

John, Accordance users can smile at the fact that they have had access to Zondervan materials for more than a decade without smiling in malicious enjoyment of the fact that others have had more restricted access. It is possible to enjoy one's own blessings without delighting in the scarcity of others.

As I said both in my post and in my response to another comment, this was intended to allay some users' concerns that Zondervan's change in policy somehow signaled a change in their relationship with us. I just thought the "party like its 1999" crack was clever. What can I say? I grew up in the eighties! ;-)

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