The Olive Tree Bible Reader

I’m beginning a series of reviews for various Bible software programs.

My plan is to review a different program each week.

The publishers of these programs were gracious enough to send me copies of their software to review on this blog.

Each review will give a rating for various categories along with an image of the software from my computer and the link to the official website where you can see a demo and order the program.

This review is for the Olive Tree Bible Reader.

I tested the program out on my PC using Windows XP.

The ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5.

1 is poor. 3 is average. 5 is excellent.

Here’s how I rated the Olive Tree Bible Reader. 

Design: 4

Loading Speed: 2

Speed After Program is Loaded: 5

Search Features: 3

Copy & Paste Functionality (from the program to Word): 5

Quality & Quantity of Free Bibles & Books: 5

Quality & Quantity of Available Books & Bibles to Purchase: 5

Availability in Electronic Formats (iPad, iPhone, Mac, PC, etc.): 5

Price: Free (includes around 100 free resources)


Comment: This is a good Bible software program for people who are starting out with electronic Bibles. Since the basic Bible reader is free, I recommend that you try it out for yourself. If you like it, you can add different Bible translations of your choice as well as commentaries and other Bible helps. Also, it’s my understanding that the PC version isn’t as classy or full as the Mac and Smart Phone versions. So keep that in mind.




  1. says

    I started using Olivetree on Windows Mobile. I tried other apps, but kept coming back to Olivetree as the easiest to do the most with on that platform.

    When I switched to a Blackberry Torch2 (9810), there was a version for the Storm that still works as long as you set text size larger. It’s missing some of the features of the latest version, but it works well.

    I use the latest Android version on a Galaxy Tab and a converted copy on my Playbook. It’s very usable on both Which is why I was disappointed in the PC version. It’s very pretty. But, unlike the Android version, it doesn’t give the user an option as to what will display in which window. The fact that you can horizontally resize windows isn’t as obvious as in the mobile versions and is less appealing.

    There are several huge pluses with Olivetree.

    First, all your resources (Bibles, Commentaries, etc.) are usable across all the platforms that there’s a Biblereader program for. So, I can start a study in my office at church and continue it at home, using the same materials in both places.

    Second, several things (including bookmarks and notes) will sync to Olivetree’s own cloud. So, I can sync from service notes on my tablet, later doing a sync on my home PC and have them there, as well.

    Third, where most mobile OSes don’t allow side by side multitasking of Bible and a notepad, Biblereader has both built in. So, you can have Bible above and notes below or (in landscape) side by side. Because both functions are built in.

    For me, the fact that I can use the same resources across various platforms, in basically the same way, is huge. The free stuff is quite good and there are some excellent paid resources. Especially since some of the software available from other companies is more expensive for the same or similar resources.

  2. Rick Matson says

    Frank, I’m an avid user of Olive Tree on my iPad and iPhone and it has the tools I need: NRSV, NASB with Strongs, New Interpreter’s Study Notes, Wesley Study Notes, Thompson’s Study Bible, Great Scripture Cross References (TSK), The Message, Good News. Thanks for taking on this task.

  3. Ant Writes says

    Hey Frank. I’m a bit of a Bible Software Connoisseur (I have all of them!)..I have my favorite, and I won’t mention it yet, to not hijack your series. I personally don’t like Olive’s just “okay”.
    I use it on my Android Tablet and it’s okay. The same on my Mac and my PC. I’ve been hounding the programmer of my favorite Bible software to make an android/Ipad version…we’ll see what happens. OliveTree is the only real bible software on smartphones and tablets..and it’s still just “okay”….
    If these other publishers don’t make tablet/smartphone versions of their software, I may have to program my own! 😉

  4. John says

    I use Bible reader for my bible study time and absolutely love it. I use it on my iPad which works much better than the windows version although I use both. I have another well known bible software package that cost me a lot of money but I stopped using it as the Bible reader was a superior product when it came down to actually using it for study.

  5. Mike Williamson says

    Bible Reader is my favorite Bible software…I use it on phone, ipad, and my MacBook. If syncs easily between them all. It is much more intuitive, to me, than my other Bible software, all of which I use and appreciate. I use it for sermon prep, devotions, reading ebooks, and serious study.

  6. says

    Olive Tree Bible Reader is by far my favourite bible program. I have three others on my iPad but this one is the most user friendly. When I teach or lead prayer times the quick references are so helpful .

    Thank you Frank for this very informative blog.

  7. Josh says

    Thanks for taking the time to do a review. Do you suppose loading speed was poor due to your OS? We can’t expect modern software to open quickly on outdated computers…

  8. Glenn says

    I use Olive Tree on my MacBook Air, IPad and iPhone and have almost 30 translations. In my opinion, it’s the best all around Bible software program. I sync my highlights, notes and annotations across all my devices. I can easily copy & paste verses into outside sources like Facebook, Twitter or email. Love using the split window to compare versions side by side. Highly recommended!

  9. JackW says

    I have been using OliveTree for over 12 years. It really shines using the iPad version. For me it is my h more useful than Logos, though the Logos app for Mac is a bit more polished than OliveTree for Mac. Syncing notes and highlights between devices is a Hugh plus.

  10. Jim Rogers says

    Great info Frank. Thank you! One category I would add would be “General Readability”, although you may have intended this under “Design”. I’ve been an avid user of e-Bibles for many years (started off with the old DOS version the Brethren put out so many years ago), then I was a charter user of Logos Bible software back when they began their venture in Haledon, NJ. I contributed to some of the materials that eventually got absorbed into thei vast online sources. And I can say, after all these years, I find the Apple versions of Olive Tree my favorite, and earning, IMO a 5 in General Readability. I also heartily concur with every other point value you gave to the other categories.
    Looking forward to your evaluation of Logos. To me it’s still scholarly, expansive, but quirky and less than user friendly, but maybe that varies depending on which OS you are using, which module, etc.
    Thanks again Frank. Love your contributions to the expanding mission of “knowing” Him rather than knowing “about” Him.

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