Thanks for all the input, Doom - I have the on-line resources bookmarked and I expect I'll use them. While having the scripture online is remarkable for searches and other advanced features, I still can't get into just "reading" on the web (at least, reading anything that is large). Even in school I still need to have a book to carry around and get comfortable with (plus, I learn best by taking handwritten notes, then transcribing them on the computer - copy and paste robs me of that).
I work in IT, and we have a subscription to O'Reilly Press' entire catalog of books online. While it's great for searches and solutions for minor problems, it's really difficult to sit and read a 400 page book (even with a Tablet PC, which does make it easier).
All of this discussion about Open Source Bibles has me curious about the idea of "independent" translations - perhaps my questions belong in a separate thread... my first reaction is "What's the Magisterium for if not to verify and approve of biblical translations?" Don't we have 500 years of evidence that willy nilly translations lead to trouble?
I ended up finding my "dream" Bible - it's actually better than I had wished for. It's a NRSV Catholic Edition "XL Format" - softcover but with a leather binding (I hate the way the regular square bound bibles fall apart, that kind of binding is just not meant for large books) - and it's "widescreen" format (wider than it is tall) - tons of margins, and two column text. Nice thick pages that I can comfortably highlight without ruining the thing - I highly, highly reccomend this Bible for anyone looking. I couldn't have found it online (needed to touch and feel), but now that I know the edition, here's a link (Harper Catholic Bible NRSV XL Catholic Edition
I also notice that Amazon is selling this Bible for $15 less than it was in the store :roll: