Overview of BibleReader versus PocketBible

Do you want an amazing way in which to study and read the Bible? Bible Reader and PocketBible are two of the most popular Bible apps for the iPhone and in this quick article, we are going to put them side by side for comparison in order to find out who is the best. Writing notes, highlighting passages of text and a lot more features are offered by both of these apps but in the end, only one will be the winner. Who do you think it will be? Let’s take a closer look at both of them and find out which one will deliver God’s words to you in a more technological sided platter!


Let’s take a quick look at the developers of these two apps. Firstly, BibleReader is developed by Olive Tree Bible Software, Inc. Their main goal is to provide people and connect them with the study of the Bible. BibleReader is available for numerous devices and platforms such as: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry. Various languages, including French German, Spanish, Chinese and many others are supported too. On the other hand, the developer of PocketBible is Laridian, a privately owned company which has a clear focus on Bible-related software and mobile devices. Spread over three states, their employees work from their homes as Laridian is basically a virtual corporation. As a fun fact, Laridian means “small book” in Greek.

Head2Head: A comparison of app features between BibleReader and PocketBible

BibleReader packs quite a punch as it is a very powerful tool of theological research study. What is more, its potential is boasted if you invest in additional titles. One of the most important aspects of a BibleReader app is the reading capabilities. In this regard, BibleReader performs flawlessly as it offers excellent full-screen reading capabilities. Choose to downward flick or scroll with sideswipe! The PocketBible app also does a good job in this department. The layout and overall design are great and you can easily play with the different options that allow you to change the appearance of the text and many more. It is fast, intuitive and makes reading fun!

The ability to open multiple books at the same time is an excellent feature of both apps. In BibleReader the feature is called split screen and by using it; two books can be viewed at the same time. On the other hand, the tap/gesture system implemented by PocketBible can be used for an excellent reading experience as you can easily browse between the different books.

Both apps are great when it comes to referencing. Verses can be highlighted and you can also make notes. Bookmarks can be created on your favorite passages and with PocketBible you can even create categories for these bookmarks. All of the bibles and other titles are stored in the memory of your iPhone so an Internet connection isn’t needed.

Regarding the Bible reading plans, PocketBible doesn’t have this feature while three Bible reading plans come preloaded with BibleReader. These three plans are the beginning to end plan, chronological plan and the popular M’Cheyne reading plan. As you can imagine, these plans are very helpful for anyone reading the Bible. There is a downside though: the dates or details of the schedule cannot be changed. You can only check off the read assignments. More than just a Bible reader, digital Bible Study resources can be provided by the BibleReader app. You can find over seventy available Bibles as well as study original language versions and more. These will cost you but they are surely worth it!


BibleReader is rated 4+ while PocketBible has the same rating on the iTunes app store. If we take a quick glance at the users’ reviews and feedback, we can see that the opinions are mixed and it all comes down to personal preference.


At the moment, BibleReader is priced at $0.99 on the App Store while PocketBible can be acquired for free.

In a nutshell

All in all, I would definitely recommend BibleReader over PocketBible. It is not free but the amount of features and the fact that you can get access to Bible Study resources, make it one of the best iPhone apps when it comes to the studying of the Bible.

Head2Head winner: BibleReader

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