The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) has been finalizing plans for the electronic editions of the new hymnal, Glory to God. Three different electronic editions will be released in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
The online hymnal will be primarily for pastors, musicians, and worship leaders. It will be available in the fall of 2013. Its features include:
- the ability to search the hymnal using different criteria: keyword, text, tune, scripture, meter, theme/topic, hymn number, lectionary Sunday, author/composer, etc. Liturgical materials in Glory to God will also be indexed and searchable.
- images, lyrics, and history of hymns can be downloaded and inserted into a bulletin (when rights allow),
- audio files for hymns (for listening only; not as accompaniments for congregations),
- individual hymn usage, history, and notes can be recorded for users to track congregation’s experience within the online hymnal.
- recommended hymns for lectionary Sundays.
The projection edition will be formatted for easy projection in worship and will be available on a CD/DVD. It will be available in the spring of 2014.
The eBook edition will be for anyone who wants to view and use the hymnal via e-Readers or other mobile devices. This edition will be helpful for pastors who plan worship away from their offices, congregants who want the hymnal with them wherever they go, or members who have particular needs for font size and color, or book weight. The eBook edition will be available in the fall of 2013 and will also include the liturgical materials and resources.
As we get closer to the publication of Glory to God , more details about the electronic editions will be released, including pricing and dates for pre-ordering. Your feedback, ideas, and questions are welcome!