13 votesBenjamin Wellman commented
I understand that there's many complex issues involving open sourcing eBible. My idea was just that, an idea. Maybe in the future after serious planning you could open source what's feasible and block what's not. I think eBible has a chance to make a real difference in the way people study the Bible. Today the only way to study the Bible online is with proprietary software that costs an average of $150-1,500 (not including the actual materials). If you want to study on a more budget friendly non-scholarly level your reduced to sub consumer quality Bible websites that lack polish, features, and innovations. There are a few decent desktop OSS, but they generally lack the things mentioned above as well. There are also a few webapps like YouVersion, but they as well are proprietary.
My issue with completely proprietary Bible software specifically is that it:
1. User has no control over anything/(code,design,functions,etc)
2. Creates a barrier between people wanting to use the Bible study software, but not wanting to be locked into a walled environment.
3. Limits creativity due to having little user input on eBible functionality/(no dev input,projects,etc)
4. Limits community because there's no reason to invest in something that's not open. This causes there to be only two people in the current system. User and Provider. There's no collaboration between the two whatsoever.
5. proprietary Bible software isn't truly free. Just because I don't pay for eBible doesn't mean its free. One definition of free is to have no limits. Limiting something makes it not free in the true meaning of word. It reminds me of Matt. 10:8, "freely you have received, freely give". Why unnecessarily limit God's word from His people. The Bible says, "My people parish for a lack of knowledge". This also has to do with my distaste for Bible publishers copyrighting GODS word.
I stated above that I agree with your assessments, but I hope for change in the future when applicable. My ideas are not to be critical as I sympathize with your current situation. I wish eBible really continues to commit to God's will.
I would still recommend creating and API for eBible so I can add-on cool stuff =). I would consider that a sign of good faith for your future openness.Benjamin Wellman shared this idea ·