BibleCourier is an electronic pocket Bible designed especially for
someone who is blind or visually impaired. BibleCourier weighs about 4
ounces including batteries and is about the size of a pocket New
Testament (4 and a half by 2 and a half by 1 inches).
BibleCourier is very portable and small enough to easily fit in a shirt
pocket or a purse. The Bible is powered by two double A size (AA)
rechargeable batteries which will run BibleCourier for several months
of normal use or more than 30 hours of continuous reading.
The BibleCourier memory holds your choice of one complete Bible
translation (both the Old and New Testaments) and the Matthew Henry
Concise Commentary of the whole Bible and a Bible dictionary, or your choice of any two
selections from the list below. All Bible texts will come with a
users guide in a digital format. The users guide
is also provided on an audio Compact Disc with the BibleCourier.
In addition to either the Bible/Commentary or the two-Bibles choice
LBEA will also include as study aids Luther's Small Catechism, a Bible
Glossary, Bible Book Summaries, and a concordance of over 700 key words
to help you locate many verses in the King James Bible. Note that the
extra Apocrypha books (Tobit, Judith, Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom, Baruch,
additions to Esther, additions to Daniel, and First and Second Maccabees)
are now included with the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB), the New American
Standard with Apocrypha, or the King James Version with Apocrypha.
The BibleCourier's two Bible versions or Bible/Commentary combination
are easily identified or switched between using
the "zero key" and "pound key" in combination. Each Bible or
commentary and Bible dictionary maintains its own last location and bookmark environment.
This allows the user to easily study two
different Bible translations in parallel or to look up entries in the
commentary for a range of Scripture. Of course the books being
independent means the focus can also be set at different places
in the two Bibles or Bible and commentary.
BibleCourier like a telephone keypad has twelve buttons on its face
with a raised dot above the five key. These keys allow the user to
quickly navigate through the books, chapters and verses of the
talking digital Bible. Each key also has built in help when
held down until two beeps are heard.
The Bible text is not a recording. BibleCourier uses the DoubleTalk
speech synthesizer computer chip (from RC Systems)
to generate its synthetic voice to read the text of the Bible. There
are five male voices to select from and the volume, speed and pitch of
the selected voice may be adjusted to one's preference. The user
listens to the Bible either through the internal speaker or for private
listening through stereo earbuds which are provided with the
While some may prefer listening to a recorded human voice rather
than a synthesized computer voice, the text-to-speech computer chip
approach used by BibleCourier has the advantage that it gives the user
full access to the books, chapters, verses, and even the words
which may be spelled in the Bible text.
BibleCourier has many other features including the ability to read
forward or back by sentence or words. You can set book marks at favorite
verses, have unclear words spelled, and Power Search (that is, jump
forward or back half the distance) among the books, chapters, and
verses of the Bible. A footnote feature can be enabled which will
allow any related notes to be read in a higher pitch at the appropriate
place in the text (however, not all Bible versions will contain
footnotes). The BibleCourier now has a powerful Word Search Function
that enables the user to select a word from the Bible text and designate
it as a word to search for elsewhere in the Bible. And there is even
a sleep timer which can be set to stop the reading after a specified
time to conserve battery power. A page of BibleCourier
key summaries is available to help you learn
The BibleCourier and similar talking Bibles have been sold at the
retail price of $200.00 plus shipping charges. LBEA as a non-profit
ministry wants these Bibles to be affordable for the blind and visually impaired.
Using funds from the Ruth Urang bequest the LBEA ministry is now
offering blind persons the BibleCourier with two complete Bibles or one
Bible and Henry's Concise Commentary at the subsidized price of only
$70.00. That price is half off the actual cost to manufacture a
Upon receipt of your order, LBEA will send you postage paid by
U.S. Priority or First Class Mail your choice of two selections for
each BibleCourier from the list below. A page is available to help you
Compare Bible Versions.
All orders must be made by mail or PayPal and checks and money orders
payable in U.S. funds. Please include a telephone number and/or e-mail
contact with your order so you may be contacted if there are
LBEA is able to accept credit or debit card orders only through
PayPal. There is a $7.15 shipping charge for each order.
To order a BibleCourier using PayPal click on the
order by PayPal link.
Send mail requests with your check or money order payable in
U.S. funds for $77.15 for each BibleCourier $70.00 + $7.15 shipping to:
Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association (LBEA)
8331 Cloman Ave. E.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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