Solar-powered Bible player selected by Christian RecordPosted April 30th, 2012
April 26, 2012 Lincoln, Nebraska … [CRN Staff] Environmental sensitivity clasped hands with digital interests of Christian Record Services for the Blind with a choice of yet another option to provide the Bible for the blind and visually challenged.
Christian Record’s Digital Bible Committee selected the MegaVoice Envoy audio Bible, a digital solar-powered player popular among Christian ministries, including Adventist World Radio.
“Our goal is to provide a digital device that is smaller, easier to use, and less expensive than the cassette or CD Bibles we have shared in the past,” according to Larry Pitcher, president of the Lincoln, Nebraska-based organization.
“We are looking for portability, a player that is small and easy to carry. This one weighs just 2.3 ounces and is smaller than an iPhone. These new players will be offered as an alternative or supplement to a digital cartridge Bible used with the new National Library Service player designed to be used primarily at home.” Most Christian Record library clients are using a state-of-the-art digital player developed and distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a branch of the U.S. Library of Congress.
The solar-powered MegaVoice Bible player would be pre-loaded with one or more Bible versions, and a brief message from Christian Record. “If we select the 8 gigabyte version we could add an audio Bible study guide like Discover and a selection of popular inspirational books,” Pitcher added.
A release of the MegaVoice digital Bible by Christian Record is planned for fall of 2012, according to Kalvin Follett, audio services director. “In deciding our option, we looked at several similar players, considered cost factors and ease of use and navigation of the content by people who are living with blindness or low vision,” Follett indicated.