Olive Tree is a Christian company, best known for their Bible Study app for Android. It has been downloaded almost 4 million times from Google Play and the Good e-Reader App Store. Olive also has 7 paid apps that act as audiobook players or virtual study guides for various editions of the Bible, such as King James. Today, HarperCollins Christian Publishing has announced it has purchased Olive Tree.
Rachel Barach, currently the general manager of HCCP’s Bible Gateway, will oversee Olive Tree’s operations. “I am thrilled to lead these two groups,” stated Barach. “Olive Tree’s focus on high quality, educational Bible experiences will complement Bible Gateway’s mission to provide easy access to Scripture. Together, they will help grow biblical knowledge and engagement worldwide.” She continued with, “We are committed to upholding the integrity of Olive Tree with its operating partners, publishers, and consumers. We believe that these relationships are, and will continue to be, an integral part of our strategy moving forward.”
Olive Tree currently employs 30 people, who will remain in Spokane Washington. The vast majority of the staff are tech savvy and mainly focus on maintaining their fleet of apps and adding in new features. Founder Drew Haninger has taken on an advisory role during the transition period to HarperCollins.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.