City Firm Sees Endless Potential for Bible Library on Compact Disc

By May, Bill | THE JOURNAL RECORD, December 12, 1987 | Go to article overview

City Firm Sees Endless Potential for Bible Library on Compact Disc


May, Bill, THE JOURNAL RECORD


When Dr. John Ellis took his Bible Library on compact disc to an exhibit at a recent religious convention, a sales representative from AT&T mentioned that his company might be interested in purchasing exclusive distribution rights.

"It was an honor, but AT&T just isn't big enough to handle this," said Ellis, who owns Ellis Enterprises Inc. and is a medical doctor owning and operating the Ellis Clinic, 225 NW 13th St., in Oklahoma City. "I had to turn him down."

That sounds like big talk for a man whose company employs three people and has yet to make a sale.

Still, Ellis is an entrepreneur who recognizes the value of a new product. This new product, Ellis said, is destined to become one of the biggest in the electronic publishing industry.

"Do you realize," he asked, "how many people out there would love to have a computer to help them with their Bible studies, computers to help them compare every word in every verse of six versions of the Bible?"

In addition to the six versions of the Holy Bible, the single compact disc contains two reference books, four dictionaries and lexicons, two word studies and four commentaries. It is expected to be released within the next two months,

"There's absolutely no end to the potential list of customers who would love to have one of these," he said.

Interest this library is expected to generate will lead to further interest in compact disc drives in home and business computers, Ellis said. Because of this, his company also will offer a complete line of hardware which will use the library software.

"The Bible Library will be compatible with IBM, all IBM clones, Atari, Commodore and most other home and personal computer lines," he said. "But a separate compact disc drive will be required to use the library software."

Technology to integrate the compact disc (the same type which many sound systems use to provide high-quality music) to the computer was developed a couple of years ago, but there has not been a lot of interest generated thus far, Ellis said.

"I went to a convention (for the compact disc, read only memory industry) in the summer in Las Vegas," he said, speaking in a staccato, machinegun-style delivery. "They said there was no general interest software available, that someone should publish the Bible on compact disc.

"I was the next speaker and told those folks (mostly dealers and distributors): `Guess what I've got for you.' They ate it up."

He has people calling from all over the nation, asking if they can become a dealer or distributor for his products.

In addition to the Bible Library, Ellis Enterprises is preparing The Physician Library and The Nurse Library for release in the second or third quarter of 1988.

"There already is a large market for both of these two products, also," said Marketing Director Wayne Hutchinson. "We plan a library consisting of complete medical specialties and subspecialties along with related texts.

"Every journal published within that subspecialty will be included and for a nominal annual fee, we'll update the disc on a monthly basis to incorporate all the latest publications."

Using a compact disc is faster, easier and less expensive than using the normal floppy disc most computers use, Hutchinson said.

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