On any given day, more people are downloading the Bible than the wildly popular Angry Birds app. Still others are downloading the Qur'an: Qur'an Majeed even comes with audio recitations. The top-selling LDS Scriptures for Mac conveniently contains both the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
And you can read the Torah on your iPad or the Tanakh on your iPhone; the Jewish Publication Society has the Torah and commentaries available for e-book.
The rapid adoption of mobile media devices is requiring publishers to act quickly even as technology entrepreneurs churn out version 2.0, so if there isn't an app for that, wait and there will be. Here's a look at different players riding the digital wave.
Common English Bible
The Common English Bible, a new translation developed by a consortium of five American Protestant denominational publishers, was begat by technology every step of the way, which speeded up the labor-intensive task. The CEB was built with an online project management database, used software tools for translation and readability, and developed extensive tagging to help readers search for terms. The complete Bible first debuted online and on 20 digital platforms in June, and came out in paperback in July.
The tech-friendly nature of the Bible and the robust digital market for Bible content has brought a steady stream of product developers to the CEB for permission to license it. "Someone asks every week," says Paul Franklyn, associate publisher. It helps that the CEB is highly visible in cyberspace, considering how new it …