More on Logos

In my last post I talked a little about some of the resources available for Logos Software’s Libronix Digital Library (although there are far too many to even begin to touch the vast array of opportunities for bibliophiles like myself) and this time I would like to mention a couple ways that you can save money.

Because let’s just be honest, one of the things I like about electronic books is that they don’t come to my front door in Amazon.com boxes. Now I love opening a new box of books as much as the next guy, but I don’t like the heat coming from my wife every time the UPS guy rings our doorbell.

Ahem, enough about that. What I wanted to mention was the pre-publication program. This is one of those rare actual win-win scenarios. The way it works is this: when Logos is considering making another book available for the Libronix Digital Library they send out a message to all pre-pub subscribers announcing that if enough people are interested they will be producing such-and-such a book. At that point, you have the opportunity to place a pre-publication order for the book at a significantly reduced price. Once Logos gets enough people who say, “Yeah, I’d buy that.” they begin production with the costs essentially covered (or at least pledged). In the meantime, you got a book you wanted for a lot cheaper than you would have paid otherwise. I’ve procured a whole lot of books this way and spent a lot less money than I would otherwise.

Here’s something else to look out for. I’ve discovered that there quite a few books where you can buy the hard copy and the Libronix edition for one price. I purchased Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John J. Collins, Theology of the Old Testament by Walter Brueggemann, and Jewish Literature Between the Bible and the Mishnah by George Nickelsburg that way.

I also wanted to highlight a recent resource that may not be well known. I recently purchased the 5 volume series An Exposition On Prayer in the Bible by Dr. Jim Rosscup. It’s a bit hefty in price, but I have never encountered such a thorough treatise on the topic of prayer in Scripture.

And finally, I’m also happy to relay that Dr. Ben Witherington III recently reported in the comments on his blog that his socio-rhetorical commentaries from Eerdmans will soon be available for Libronix.

**Edit: I just noticed that Dr. Witherington’s commentaries are available for pre-publication order, which is just sublimely apropos to this post. So check them out here.

Why I Use Logos Software’s Libronix Digital Library

The Libronix Digital Library System from Logos Software, affectionately known as “Logos” to most users, is second to none in Bible Study software. Apologies to Accordance and Bibleworks users, but no one–and I mean no one–has the breadth of resources available to Logos users. Some Accordance users might gripe that they are Mac enthusiasts, but I’m writing this from my Macbook and the Logos Mac ver 1, Alpha 9 is open and running well as I write this. (Some of my newest purchases don’t work in it yet, but it’s an alpha; I’m confident that will be fixed by the time it hits beta.)

If I remember correctly, I was introduced to the Libronix Digital Library through my purchase of the New American Standard Electronic Bible Library and the Jewish New Testament Commentary on cd, both of which used the LDLS software.

I officially became a Logos customer on November 20, 2003. Something I only know because Logos kindly informs me of this fact at the top of the “My Account” page on their website (a site I’ve found incredibly user-friendly and helpful). My original order was $12.95 for Does Jacob’s Trouble Wear A Cross? by Randy Weiss. Then on April 13, 2004 I purchased Jewish Sects of the New Testament Era also by Weiss and The New Testament Milieu edited by A.B. DuToit. 

I was a huge e-Sword user at the time, and I didn’t really begin to use Logos for day-to-day bible study until they came out with the Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible (a resource I highly recommend). 

Here’s one thing you need to know about the Libronix Digital Library going into it, however. They offer these pretty hefty libraries that provide a ton of resources bundled for one price. Up front it seems like too large an investment, but I learned the hard way that you end up purchasing individual resources one or three at a time and it quickly adds up to much more than you would have spent by biting the bullet and purchasing whichever of the libraries makes the most sense for you.

I began with the Leader’s Library and just recently upgraded to the Scholar’s Library: Silver. But what really got me rolling was a little secret you need to know about: the Library Builder! I believe Bob Pritchett (the founder and President of Logos Software) started this with Library Builder Volumes 1-3 for Christmas 2006, but I jumped on the bandwagon with Volumes 4-6 around Christmas 2007. I don’t remember exactly how many books this gem of a purchase opportunity provided but just Volume 4 contained 121 books. Unfortunately, this resource was retired January 1, 2008, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t Library Builder: Vols 7-9 available for a short time near Christmas 2008.

Here’s some of my favorite purchases from Logos Software:

One of the things I like about Logos is that I can often find little known or hard to find resources like all 57 volumes that A.W. Tozer wrote or Moule’s The Epistle to the Romans. Moule was the former Bishop of Durham (a post now occupied by N.T. Wright) and his book on Romans is a classic published in 1928. You can buy it on Amazon for $12.99 or pay $2 more and get the searchable electronic edition from Logos.
There’s a lot more to tell you about Logos but I’ll save that for another post. Suffice it to say there are some great ways to save significant money!