I WONDER. Is it worth the trouble to make maps for the new online Casual English Bible?
Are they sexy enough to help draw readers into the Bible?
This online Bible thing is an experiment that keeps getting bigger and bigger.
For one, the Trademark office seems to be saying I can’t register this online Bible as a single product. I have to have other products in the Casual English Bible line of products.
What line of products? I have only three books of the Bible paraphrased so far. Sixty-three to go. More if I want to add Catholic books of the Bible. Even more if I add Eastern Orthodox. Still more if I add books recognized by the Ethiopian church.
Before I finish paraphrasing the Bible itself, do I really have to create things like the Casual English Bible leader’s guide? Or the Casual English Bible student guide? Or the Casual English Bible collection of Amish recipes for making horseradish?
Maybe. My lawyer is in discussion with the Trademark office to find out what if anything I can do to accommodate the trademark law.
Yes, I had to hire a lawyer…for what I intended as a free product.
Oh well, it’s only my kids’ inheritance.
To map, or not to map
Maps became one of the add-on ideas that occurred to me as I’ve been polishing the Casual English Bible—even before the Trademark office got involved. I figured that it sure would help readers through Acts if they had maps to track Paul’s mission trips.
I’ve made a lot of maps for my books, but I can’t really pull any of those maps for this freebie project. So I’ve been working on creating some custom maps for this project alone.
I’ve created three so far. You’ll find the “SEE MAP” links in Acts chapters 13-21. I’m still working on a fourth map: Paul’s trip to Rome, for trial in Caesar’s supreme court.
Would you do me a big favor and take a look at the maps and see if you think they’re helpful? If so, I’ll add more maps as I’m able.
Otherwise, I could do other stuff with my time.
Like create more Bible-related videos. I probably have far more people watching my videos than I have reading these blog articles.
Figures. It’s harder to produce a video.
Blog subscribers who win books this week
- Brandy Hummingbird
- Marilyn Maffet
I give away free books every week to randomly selected subscribers to my free blog or my quarterly newsletter.
Winners now get to choose from a stack of titles, including my two most recent: A Visual Walk Through Genesis and The One-Stop History of the Bible.
Note to the two winners: send me an email and I’ll give you the full list of books from which you can choose.
The deal’s good for a month, or for as long as I have giveaway books available.
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