When I showed my mother-in-law the iPad, the first thing she asked was if she could perform her Easter bible reading with it. She’s a church officer at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA, and she knew the pastors there would appreciate the moment.
We downloaded Bible HD from the app store – a free and incredibly thorough connected bible reader – but there was a catch: Out of 16 English language editions (and quite a few in other idioms), there was no New Revised Standard Version, the translation favoured by the church. I did find NRSV on iBooks, but it cost $US10 – per Testament. So she emailed me her verses in a Word Doc, and once I had installed Pages, the Mail app directed me to open the attachment with that. A few font adjustments and voila, the bible verses were ready.
My mother-in-law may not care a fig for most of what Gizmodo covers, but she does see the iPad as a tool to help her in her work – and in her faith.