A digital audio device is making the Bible accessible to Catholics even when they can’t sit down with the Book in hand.
GoBible is a digital audio device about the size of deck of cards that can be tucked inside a purse or backpack.
Creator Andrew Block considers that the device can be particularly useful in ministries to the disabled, particularly the sight-impaired, and to the elderly, who may find reading the Bible difficult because of illness or physical challenge.
GoBible gives Catholics the chance to take the Bible with them almost anywhere, and to be able to follow by audio each day’s readings. The Catholic version has the imprimatur of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and is narrated by Emmy Award-winner Stephen Johnston. In addition to more than 80 hours of audio, it is searchable by verse and indexed based on 230 popular Bible stories. Catholics can access the daily readings by both year and cycle.
Each GoBible comes with a cache of 36 bookmarks, so that you can mark your favorite Bible verse or note where you left off in your listening. There is an index for approximately 30 different emotions and circumstances and another index of over a dozen key days and moments. There’s also a voice menu that makes GoBible an easily used hands-free device.
The Catholic GoBible also features a narrated rosary and common prayers, including the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Act of Contrition.
A simpler version of the unit was released last year and sold several thousand copies to date. This expanded version is expected to be a best seller.
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