I just noticed that the 1984 NIV is no longer available on Biblegateway. According to their support department here is why,
“The NIV remains the most popular English contemporary translation, with more than 450 million copies distributed since it was first published in 1978. During the transition to the most recent edition of the NIV (first published in 2010), the older 1984 edition and the TNIV were made available for more than two years on Bible Gateway to make it easy for people to compare the upgrades in the text as they transitioned to the current edition. This transition period mirrors the earlier two-year transition from the 1978 version to the 1984 version. Now that this transition period is over, the NIV’s worldwide publisher, Biblica, has requested that we remove the older 1984 and TNIV editions from Bible Gateway, and we are complying with their wishes.
Since the latest edition of the NIV was published in December 2010, over 11 million copies have been distributed and it has been adopted by thousands of churches, ministries, authors and other publishers around the globe. We understand your disappointment that the 1984 edition of the NIV is no longer available, but we hope you’ll grow to appreciate the updated NIV, as many other Bible Gateway visitors have done.”
It seems strange to say one of their reasons is that there are 11 million 2011 NIV’s in circulation when, as they stated, there are 450 NIV’s in print (439 1978-1984 NIV’s). I know this isn’t their call, this is Biblica who is requesting this of them and they have to comply but it seems kind of amazing to totally remove such a popular translation like that. One of the reasons sites like BG are so helpful is that you can compare translations, even different NIV’s against each other. I hope they (Biblica/Biblegateway) will reconsider.