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Tyndale House Publishers awarded patent for groundbreaking Filament Bible App

CAROL STREAM, Ill. – (February 22, 2021)–Tyndale House Publishers (@tyndalehouse), a leader in developing Bibles and Bible translations that are accessible and understandable, has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology underlying its Filament Bible Collection. The invention protected by the patent deals with connecting print products to related digital content through recognizing page numbers. This innovation allows readers to scan a page of the Bible using their phone or tablet to access a large array of study materials, devotionals, and video and music resources carefully curated to the page they are reading.

Keith Williams, Special Projects Manager and co-inventor of the patented technology, explains: “We believe that Filament-enabled Bibles are the future of Bibles. For the first time, readers can enjoy the benefits of an excellent print reading experience along with integrated digital content in a single product. Over the coming months and years, we have plans to include new feature and content rollouts that will significantly expand the reader’s experience. Readers of Filament-enabled Bibles will always have a fresh experience that enhances their study of God’s Word.”

Tyndale’s Bible innovation began with founder Ken Taylor’s The Living Bible, which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. The New Living Translation, a translation produced by 90 leading Bible scholars and published in 1996 is now one of the nation’s leading English translations. Throughout its history, Tyndale has been at the forefront of Bible innovation through its pioneering Bible products such as The Life Application Study Bible, The One Year Bible, and Life Recovery Bible.

“Filament is the embodiment of my father’s desire to make God’s Word understandable and relevant to readers,” says Mark Taylor, CEO of Tyndale House Publishers. “We are maximizing the technology of today to make the truths of Scripture more accessible to those who need it.”

Customer response to the Filament Bible Collection has been phenomenal. For Bibles that were released in the fourth quarter of 2020, NPD Bookscan showed that Tyndale had seven of the 12 best-selling Bibles, five of which were Filament-enabled.

“The development of Filament Bibles has been the result of a cross-departmental, company-wide effort,” said Jeff Johnson, President and COO of Tyndale House.  “We lay these products at God’s feet for His glory!  The page-recognition technology protected by the patent is not limited to Bibles but can be used within any printed product. We are also excited about the possibility of cooperating with other organizations in making this technology available for their purposes and mission.”

Since its founding in 1962, Tyndale House Publishers has been a voice to trust for generations of readers. Today, it is one of the largest independent Christian publishers in the world. Tyndale has proved a faithful guide—helping readers discover the life-giving truths of the Bible. Its mission is to open God’s Word to as many as possible in language they can relate to and understand. Tyndale’s independent and non-profit status allows it to follow its founding model, giving a majority of net income to charitable missions—more than $110 million throughout its history. With every book purchased, Tyndale readers help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.

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