If you're new to Bible software, a wonderful experience is just ahead of you!

WORDsearch makes Bible study fast, easy, and fun. You are now just a few clicks away from putting a powerful, inspiring library on your computer.

Why use WORDsearch Bible software? It allows you to quickly search for Bible verses, compare Bible translations side-by-side, have multiple books open, and sync your Bible translations with your commentaries. You won't have to continuously flip through pages, and you'll be able to take your library anywhere without bringing a backpack full of books.

If you are just getting started, WORDsearch Basic is for you. It's FREE and comes loaded with some basic Bible study tools. Plus, you'll find over 200 more free books available for download on this website. Click here for details on WORDsearch Basic »

For more advanced features you can always upgrade to WORDsearch 11.   Click here for details »

Whether you begin with WORDsearch Basic or WORDsearch 11, you'll be on your way to building your own Bible study library. Thousands of helpful books are available from top Christian publishers. Start building your personal library today.


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Discover your new iOS® app!

To get the new WORDsearch app, simply visit the App Store, search for WORDsearch Bible, and download the free app to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

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Getting Started

Upon opening the app, you'll be prompted to sign-in. If you’ve previously logged into our website, you can use those same log-in credentials here. Simply enter your email address and password to sign-in and register your software. If you’ve previously purchased items from myWSB (WORDsearch’s online solution) or LifeWay Reader with a LifeWay account, you’ll be able to sign into the app with those credentials as well. If you have not yet created a WORDsearch or LifeWay account, you will want to tap on the Register for an Account button and follow the on-screen prompts. Signing in will allow us to deliver nearly every WORDsearch, myWSB and LifeWay Reader book you’ve purchased to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. A handful of exceptions apply, but we are working diligently to close the gaps on these out-standing titles.

After you sign in, the home page will show you each of the books in your library. Just tap on the book(s) you want to use, and they will open with live streaming if you are connected to the internet. You can also download books for use offline so that it will be available any time you like, whether you are connected to the internet or not!

Home Buttons

From the new home screen, you’ll easily be able to: find, download & open books, search, choose your default Bible and buy additional resources. Simply look through your library and tap on any cover to stream a particular title. If you would like to find out more information about that title, tap on the Book Information button to read more and download. Note: With the new design, downloaded books are full covers, while books not downloaded have the cover turned up with an image of a cloud in the right corner. You can easily tap Category to display only titles in a particular category. Tap on All Books to choose different groups you'd like to see on your home screen, like Recently Read. At any point, you can type a title or author name into the Library Filter to locate a specific volume. Tap the Settings icon to change your default Bible, change setting options, to log-in or to re-sync your library. (The app now automatically defaults to auto-sync.) Tap the Store icon to make an in-app purchase.

Resource Buttons

Once you’ve opened a book, you’ll discover navigating is easy with the handy buttons located above and below each open window. These buttons put you one tap away from navigating through your open title, taking notes, bookmarking, highlighting, searching, changing text settings and much more.

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You can now limit your home screen to see different collections of books for easier referral. You can choose to either see All Books, Recently Read, Archived, Downloaded and Not Downloaded. To do this, tap All Books at the top of your home screen, and select the option of which books you would like to see.


Book Information

To easily read a book's description in your library, simply tap the Book Information icon, and you will be able to read the details about the book. If the book is not downloaded, you will also see the option to Download, and if you have already downloaded the book, you see the options of Read Now or Archive (to add to your Archive collection).

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Archiving Books

If you own a huge library, archiving books can help you save time finding the books you use the most. Archiving a book removes it from your device and hides it from your library.

To archive a book, tap on the Book Information icon. In the box that opens, tap on the option Remove. You will be asked if you want to Remove, Archive or Cancel. Tap Archive. If you would like to remove the book from your device completely, tap Remove.


You can easily find an archived book and move it back when you need it by viewing the Archive collection, tapping on the Book Information icon and selecting either Unarchive or Download.

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Back to Reading

Anytime you are on the home screen or in settings,, you will see a bar at the bottom of the screen that says Back to Reading, with your most recent previously read book listed underneath. To open up your book, simply tap the bar and it will take you right back to where you last left off.

Back reading

More Options in Settings

Instead of having to search through your library every time you open the app, you can turn on the app's new option of defaulting to open the app in the last book you had opened. This saves time and gets you back into your book with no distractions.


If you have a few go-to books, you can easily switch between them by tapping on the Content icon on the bottom of the second pane in the reading window. From there, you can tap on the Add a New Book button and tap on any book you’d like to add to your Carousel. You can filter books by Collections, and even choose books that are not yet downloaded. Just tap any book and if it is not downloaded, it will start downloading and be added to your Carousel.


To remove a book from your Carousel, tap the Edit button, and then tap on the X that appears over the title you would like to remove. Once you have your favorite books selected, you can tap on the Content icon to switch between using your second reading pane to display Cross-References or one of the titles you specially selected.

Search Within Text

A great feature in the app is the ability to search within text. Simply type in a term, tap Search, and then choose which titles you’d like to render search results. The app now also offers offline search for an incredibly fast response time. Your search and results will save, so when you tap on a result but want to go back, simply tap on the search icon again to see your original results.

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Cross-Reference Tools

When you open a Bible, you’ll be given the option to set up Cross-Reference tools to help you in your study. You can choose to have the Study Bible Notes tool, the Commentary tool or the Dictionary tool opened. You’ll see these 3 options as tabs across the top part of the right-hand side of your screen. If you have any Study Bible Notes, Commentaries or Dictionaries in your library, you will see available cross-references appear in a list. These entries will automatically sync with your Bible. You will then have the option to expand the cross-reference or open the book for further reading.

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Easy Searching for a Bible Text

Quickly navigate to any Bible passage by tapping on your Scripture Navigation box. Select the book, chapter and verse you would like to read, and your selected Bible will open exactly where you want it.

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See Contents, Notes, Bookmarks and Highlights

Simply tap the Content Navigation icon to see the book’s table of contents and any notes, bookmarks or highlights you’ve created in the open book.


Synchronize Bibles, Commentaries and Dictionaries

It’s easy to sync any Bible to any study Bible notes or commentary by tapping the handy Sync icon at the top of your second window pane. Scroll or flip the page in your Bible-reading pane and your Bible study notes or commentary will follow along. Also, tap on any Scripture reference in your second pane, and the entire reference will pop up for easy reading, just like it does in WORDsearch.


Annotating Bible and Book Text

Long-press anywhere within a book, and you will see an option bar pop up with three icons. You can create a new note, bookmark your place or highlight a portion of text. You can color-code your highlights with six different colors or choose to underline the text.


Reading History, Table of Contents Slider and Text Options

Going back to what you have just been reading is easy. Just tap the Back icon in the bottom left of the screen, and it will take you to the place you just were. For further back history, long press on the Back icon, and it will show you a list of reading history. Please note: the Back icon will not remember this history once the book is closed. The Table of Content slider next to the arrow allows you to view the book’s table of contents and navigate through it. Tap on the Text Options icon to the right of the Table of Contents slider to change text options.


Buying More WORDsearch Books Is Easy!

You’ll find new titles and packages that can be purchased directly through your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Of course, you can still purchase anything right here on the WORDsearch website. In either case, when you use the same WORDsearch log-in credentials, most of your WORDsearch books will be available to you on your PC, Mac, mobile devices and myWSB.com.


Don’t have a LifeWay account? It’s in your best interest to get one. In these early stages of combining all readable platforms, all information is most easily stored and accessed in the LifeWay system. Having a LifeWay account will make it easier for your apps to find what you are looking for, and you can use the same email ID and password you use for WORDsearch. You can register for a LifeWay account now by clicking here.

Learn More

Everything looks a little different on the new iPad and iPhone WORDsearch App, so here are some basic tips about the home screen and what you can do.

Entering Your Library

To enter your library, tap on the WORDsearch app’s icon.


The app will open to the home page with your books showing in Library View. NOTE: This is not the store like in the old app, you are viewing the books you own. It will show All Books by default.


You can tap on a book's Book Information icon to read more information about the title and also download or open the book. If you are connected to the internet and would like to live stream your book, just tap on the cover to open it.

Book info

Downloading a Book

To download a book, simply tap any book's cover. If the cover looks like a turning page with a little cloud (cloud indicator) in the corner, the book is not downloaded.

Another way to download books is to tap All Books at the top of the screen, and then select Not Downloaded. You will now see all of the books that have not been downloaded. Click on a book to automatically start a download. You will see the download indicator of a blue circle to show you when it has finished downloading. NOTE: Since you are in Not Downloaded, your book will disappear once it is finished. To open the book, go to All Books, Downloaded and then tap on the book cover. If you would like to read more information before you start the download, tap on the Book Information icon to read the description. You will also see the option to download from there.

Not downloaded

To cancel a download that is in progress, tap on the download indicator and you will be given the option to stop the download.

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You can also tap on the Book Information icon to tell if a book is downloaded or not. If the book is not downloaded, the picture of the cover will be like a turning page and have a cloud indicator, and you will see the option to download.

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Finding a Book in the Library

You can now limit your home screen to see different collections of your books for easier referral. You can choose to either see All Books, Recently Read, Archived, Downloaded and Not Downloaded. To do this, tap All Books at the top of your home screen, and select the option of which books you would like to see.


To see your books in their different categories, from the home screen, tap on Categories in the bottom right of the screen. From here, you can choose Bibles, Christian Living, Commentaries, etc.


Another way to find a book in your library is to use the Search bar at the top of the home screen. The Search bar will filter your books by title, author or short name so that you don’t have to look through all of your books. NEW! The updated search feature is quicker and organized by category.


Purchasing Books

You can access the store by touching the shopping cart icon at the top of the screen.


To go back to the library from the store, touch Library.

Library store


To change settings, log-in to other accounts, and sync your library, touch the little head icon in the left-hand corner of the home screen.

Settings icon

NEW: With the updated app, you can now set the app to default to open in the last book you had open and also see our updated tutorial. Auto-syncing is now the default setting in the updated app.

This is also where you can set your Default Bible (the Bible translation that will pop-up when you touch a Bible reference in a commentary or book in the reading pane).


To set your Default Bible, tap Settings, then Default Translation to choose which one you want. All Bibles are now available for Default. If they are not downloaded, they will be in a lighter font with a picture of down arrow next to them. Tap it to download, and once it is finished, the title will appear in white font and you can select it as your default Bible. If the Bible you would like is already downloaded to your library, just tap on the Bible.

Your selected default Bible will appear in blue font.

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You now also have the option to have your app default to open to the book you were reading when it was last closed. To turn this setting on, swipe the bar to the right. You can also turn on the option sync panes by default. This will automatically sync your Bible and commentaries so they will follow along together. To turn this setting on, swipe the bar to the right.


To view the tutorial, tap on Tutorial. Here you will find quick tips and help on how to use the app.



From the home screen you can also do a search within text. This is where you can search your library’s contents for a term.

Type the term in the pop-up and tap Search. It will show you how many times that term appears per category.


Tap the category to see what specific books include your term.


Tap the book you would like to see results from to see where in the book it mentions your search term.


Tap the result, and it will take you to that part of the book in your reading pane.


You can go back to the search results by tapping the search icon again.