A press release issued today by Lifeway Christian Resources announced that they have acquired both WORDsearch Bible Software and Quickverse Bible Software. (WORDsearch, one of the two Bible software programs I personally use extensively and highly recommend, had actually announced their planned acquisition of QuickVerse earlier this year.)
Regarding the acquisition, Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay said in the press release that:
“There is unprecedented growth in practically every area of digital media, and we continue to seek opportunities to leverage these technologies in spiritually-transforming ways. By bringing the strengths of WORDsearch and QuickVerse into the LifeWay portfolio of Christ-centered resources, we offer customers a more robust collection of exciting Kingdom tools.”
The press release went on to state that:
By acquiring the assets of these two companies and through other digital offerings such as the launch of the new LifeWay.com, MyStudyBible.com, and more than 25 mobile applications, LifeWay continues to assert a market-leading strategy in the digital publishing industry. Its growing digital products and services span such areas as webcasts, church software, digital downloads, self-publishing, simulcasts, apps, events, online communities, ebooks and other offerings.
While this type of announcement always conveys a positive, reassuring tone, (especially directed toward those people who own a product by the acquired company), I will be interested in seeing what impact the acquisition has on the WORDsearch software, primarily, even though the release closed with the statement:
Existing users of WORDsearch and QuickVerse products will continue to enjoy high-quality, biblically-based software.