Contact: Vicky Lynch
Grand Rapids, Mich, May 11, 2012 —Zondervan has announced a new YouTube channel where readers have access to almost 100 video-based Bible study sessions from Christian thought leaders including New York Times best-selling authors Tim Keller and Lysa TerKeurst. In addition, users will also be able to browse more than 150 audio book first chapters and share these via media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Zondervan is one of the first publishers to offer sample audio of books through YouTube, and eventually will offer the first chapter of their complete library of over 1100 audio books.
“People are watching millions of videos through YouTube each month on their mobile devices,” says John Raymond VP and Publisher at Zondervan. “This is a way they can gain access to relatively short, spiritually rich content from Christian teachers—like John Ortberg, Tim Keller, Andy Stanley, and Bill Hybels—not just at home, but anywhere they go.”
The Bible study videos available for free video streaming through YouTube are a sampling from a larger library of copyrighted videos. Many titles in the collection are now available for sale for less than three dollars per session through Christianbook.com. Offered in partnership with Zondervan and Christian Book Distributors (CBD), this new product line meets the growing demand for affordable video-based downloads from Christian teachers lending expertise on a wide range of topics, including the relevancy of the Bible to everyday life, prayer, marriage, personal faith, and more.
“We are proud to be able to offer these Bible study videos and samples of so many of our popular audio books, a growing product line for us,” said Steve Sammons, Executive Vice President for Consumer Engagement. “We value the ability to make these resources easily accessible to help Christians gain inspiration and insight from Zondervan authors.”
To access Zondervan videos and audio, visit the Zondervan channel on YouTube.
Founded in February 2005, YouTube is a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.comand across the Internet through websites, blogs, and e-mail. YouTube currently delivers more than 100 million video views every day with 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and it has quickly become the leading destination on the Internet for video entertainment.
Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and a leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with additional offices in Miami, Zondervan publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, Zonderkidz and Editorial Vida brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at www.zondervan.com.