You talk to a friend, "hey, wanna memorize some scripture with me, I have this cool app that makes it easy to learn, and it keeps us connected online so we can be accountable to each other". They reply sure, how much is it" "$5" They reply about how that's really expensive, or they don't have the money (even if it's $1, many people may not want to even pay that. I used to be like that. But if you had a version where it was paid by adds, then maybe more people could go for it. I understand if this isn't possible, but I thought I mention it for a try. This is a quality app.
Steven, that's a solid suggestion. The interaction you just described is happening all the time and we want to figure out a way to make it easier to get started. And you're astute to base a feature suggestion on a real world scenario instead of only a good idea without a situation to support it.
Unfortunately ads are not an option we're willing to consider at this point - part of the power of Verses is drawing someone into the process of memorizing Scripture when they're struggling to be disciplined to do so. To that end we put much or our product design time into figuring out a user experience and interface that is smooth and uninterrupted. If we introduce ads in a free version in order to help people get started with a purpose of attracting skeptical folks, then we will dilute the power of the app experience at the very time it needs to be strongest (convincing a skeptic).
That being said, we're trying to figure out some potential other revenue models that would allow us to make the entire app free without ads. To help us out, could you tell me, would you consider buying a subscription, maybe as high as $5/mo, for a powerful memorization assistant that learns your memorization abilities and habits, then helps you memorize what you want to learn? E.g., you could create a list of passages then tell Verses that you want to learn it in 8 weeks. Then the memorization assistant would help keep you on track, show you your overall progress, how much time per day you spent memorizing, and other useful information. Then, as you learn over time, it would learn you and help optimize your memorization. Eventually it will even be able to tell you how your ability to memorize and recall Scripture has improved over time.
If more active users like yourself would consider something like that valuable (and worth a subscription) then we could open up the app itself as a free download to everyone. Even though only a very small portion of the downloaders would choose to use the subscription we might be able to make enough revenue to support ourselves from the subscriptions. That way users like yourself could invite friends knowing that it will be immediately free and full featured, and they would only have to pay if they wanted to add an entirely optional additional feature to their Verses app.
Does that make sense? Any thoughts?