The other day I received an invite to the beta release of eBible.com. I’m really impressed!
The site’s core functionality of full text bible searching isn’t anything new. Instead, the difference is in the details. Users can tag verses, and browse the tags others have assigned. Different translations of the text are displayed side by side, and commentaries dynamically show up next to the relevant passages.
Unfortunately, eBible does not contain the popular New International Version translation. But I have heard before that NIV is copyrighted, and rather expensive to get the relevant rights, so this is understandable.
I have one minor quibble that doesn’t really impact usability of the site: the bookmark functionality is redundant when tagging is available. I would much rather assign a tag like ‘bookmark’ to a verse than have to view my tags and bookmarks in separate sections of the site.
eBible is not yet accessible to the general public, but if you’d like one of my three invites just leave your e-mail address in a comment.