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Last week, Christian publisher Zondervan announced its purchase of BibleGateway.com, an online reference of searchable Bible translations and one of the most popular Christian websites. The site's previous owner, Gospel Communications International (previously Gospel Films), shuttered its Internet division and website-hosting ministry in October after back-to-back years of significant financial losses. Zondervan also acquired Gospel.com, which has offered website hosting to more than 250 ministries (including several Christian publishers).

Zondervan CEO Moe Girkins discussed how the online acquisitions fit the company's vision for digital growth that she shared with CT in April.

Why has Zondervan acquired BibleGateway and Gospel.com?

We have a vision that if we create a lot of synergy across all Christian content providers, we can have more impact on the Internet. As part of this vision, we felt we had to have the best Bible reference in the world. BibleGateway has a very publisher-independent solution and is the most widely-used Bible reference site in the world, so we thought it would be a great starting point to build something even more spectacular for online access to Christian biblical content.

We have the same vision as Gospel Communications, who incubated this, to take Bible reference to the next level, and we have more resources to take it to the next level with more content and an improved user interface. Zondervan has always been a leader in Bible content, and working with BibleGateway, we both felt Zondervan was probably the best steward to take this forward. It's part of our mission — it's just a digital part.

What changes does Zondervan plan for BibleGateway?

Right now BibleGateway has limited content besides ...

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