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[Grand Rapids, Mich., May 25, 2012]—Zondervan, the exclusive publisher of the NIrV in North America, has announced that they have obtained the rights from worldwide publisher, Biblica, to also distribute the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), American text edition, in the UK. The NIrV is a simplification of the New International Version (NIV), developed to enable early readers to understand God’s message. The products will be distributed in the UK by Authentic Media.


“Zondervan is pleased to partner with Biblica and Authentic Media to further expand the NIrV product line in the UK,” says Verne Kenney, Zondervan Executive Vice President. “The NIrV is an important Bible translation and we hope that by expanding the distribution, we will reach even more early readers and those learning English for the first time with the Word of God.”


“Koorong, Authentic Media’s parent company, has been proud to sell Zondervan’s NIrV Bible for years,” comments Steve Mitchell, Managing Director of Authentic Media. “We are now very excited for the opportunity to reach even more people with the American text edition of the NIrV in the UK and Europe.”


The NIrV was designed to make the Bible clear and understandable to early readers at a third grade reading level. It has also proven to be a valuable aid to the millions of adults who speak English as a second language. The New Testament of the NIrV was first published in July 1995 with first full Bible text edition released in October 1996, followed by the NIrV Kid’s Study Bible and NIrV Kid’s Devotional Bible. Today, Zonderkidz publishes a full collection of NIrV Bibles for kids ages 10 and under including; the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV, and Read with Me Bible, NIrV. The titles have sold 2.4 million copies worldwide.


To order products or to learn more, contact Authentic Media at: 01908 268500.


About Authentic Media

Authentic Media is part of Koorong, a family-owned Christian retailing and distribution company that began over 30 years ago in Australia. Authentic Media is a Christian publishing and distribution house based in Milton Keynes with a broad range of publishing from Bibles, books and children’s products to Paternoster, its well respected academic line. This is coupled with a vibrant and increasing range of distributed media product from leading US publishers. Learn more at:


About Biblica
Celebrating more than 200 years in ministry, Biblica provides God’s Word to people through translation, publishing, and Bible engagement. Biblica’s ministry extends worldwide, with outreach in over 55 countries. Biblica has translated the Bible in more than 100 languages and is the translation sponsor and publisher of the New International Version® (NIV) Bible, the most widely read and trusted contemporary English translation. Through its worldwide reach, Biblica engages people with God’s Word so lives are transformed through a relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, visit


About Zondervan
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