News feeds are a way for websites to syndicate their content. When you subscribe to a news feed, you can receive that content as soon as it's published. Subscribing to the Verse of the Day feed lets you see the daily verse without the need to visit the Bible Gateway website. Subscribing to a news feed is free.
Yes, news feeds are similar in many ways to email. Like email, you can subscribe to the content you want and have it sent directly to you. However, news feeds have several advantages over email. You don't have to provide any personal information (like an email address) when you subscribe to a news feed, and you don't have to go through a complicated process to unsubscribe from a feed—unsubscribing is just a matter of deleting that feed. In short, news feeds are safer and easier to manage than email.
To read a news feed such as our Verse of the Day feed, you'll need to use a program that can receive and read feeds. Some email programs and web browsers have the ability to read feeds built-in. Some people use programs or web services called feed readers to manage and read their feed subscriptions. There are many feed readers available for all computer platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and many of them are free. A Google search will reveal many options.
Subscribing is fairly straightforward: