Nibley Goes Multimedia – Beyond Politics Available on the iBookstore

We can now announce that the first of what we expect to be many multimedia ebook based on Hugh Nibley’s writings in now available in the iBook store.

Beyond Politics Cover


Hugh Nibley & Associates, a company owned by the family of the late Hugh Nibley, has released a multimedia eBook edition of his classic essay Beyond Politics with multimedia supplemental materials.

In Beyond Politics HN explores the inherent and ongoing conflict between religion and politics. Nibley probes fundamental questions that concern any religious person interested in earthly government: How is the government of man different from the government of God? What are our obligations and responsibilities to each?

Thought-provoking, insightful and sometimes startling, this multimedia “Nibley Digital Edition” takes the classic essay written in 1973 and updates it with a wealth of features to make it accessible and enjoyable to a new generation. With ideas as fresh as today’s headlines, this Nibley Digital Edition puts those thoughts together with an easy-to-use electronic form that feels as if they were made to go together.

For those who have heard of Nibley’s stature as a scholar but have been intimidated by his scholarship, this Digital Edition makes his insights accessible to virtually anyone — Mormon or non-Mormon, highly educated or just interested in what’s going on in the world. Now there’s no reason anyone can’t benefit from the valuable spiritual and philosophical principles articulated by one of Mormonism’s most significant thinkers. For the Nibley aficionado, Beyond Politics Digital Edition also offers the full footnoted essay with supplemental materials to add context and deeper understanding of Nibley’s thinking.

Multimedia features include:

  • An “Easy Reading” abridged version of the essay without footnotes and fewer scholarly references
  • The full unabridged essay with hyperlinked footnotes
  • A thirty-minute interview with Senator Bob Bennett on politics, religion and Hugh Nibley
  • Nibley’s original prologue adapted in graphic novel style with original artwork
  • An original essay on Hugh Nibley’s personal political activities by Alex Nibley, his son and co-author of his World War II memoir Sergeant Nibley PhD: Memories of an Unlikely Screaming Eagle.

We are hoping to make future versions available on other devices, but this one will only work on an iPad. In the meantime, stay tuned for further announcements.


About Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley, 1910-2005, was simultaneously the LDS Church's greatest intellectual defender from attack from the outside and Mormon culture's strongest critic from the inside. This blog is composed mainly from Nibley's unpublished writings, letters, interviews and conversations, with occasional posts from associates who had personal interactions with him.
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2 Responses to Nibley Goes Multimedia – Beyond Politics Available on the iBookstore

  1. richinsdavid says:

    I would be interested in purchasing but I don’t have an iPad.

    • Hugh Nibley says:

      Thanks for your note, David. It is annoying that in the world of ebooks there are not yet standards that allow all ebooks to go on all devices. Hopefully that’s something that will eventually change, but it may take some time. We chose the iPad version at this point because it allows the most features with the most reliability. Our intention is to make Hugh Nibley’s work available to a more wired audience, a younger generation that doesn’t know him well, and an audience of all ages that is interested in what he had to say, but are often intimidated by his scholarship and his footnotes (something those of us who had to deal with him as children can identify with).
      We hope to be offering more products in the future and to make them available to an even wider audience.

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