Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 3

The following is part 3 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

11. Books Are More Than Books–Integration with Powerful Tools

 

12. Side-By-Side with Fantastic Study Tools

 

13. Greek & Hebrew Made Easy

 

14. Pricing (Bundles & Discounts)

Admittedly, it’s not abnormal for Logos’ prices on individual books to be more expensive than, say, its price Amazon or other book retailers. (Part of this is due to that fact that, as I’ve said, when you’re buying a Logos book you’re not just buying the book, as you would elsewhere, but a book that’s been enhanced by their team for integration in Logos’ program and its functionalities.)

Nonetheless, Logos frequently runs sales–and every few months they even put out some really good sales. Moreover, if you buy your books in their bundles, you can save some money in the long run. Specifically, if you can afford to purchase a package, that’s one of the best ways to get a load of books at a significantly discounted rate per book.

15. More Books (Base Packages & Bundles)

Finally, when you build your library in Logos using their bundled, discounted packages, you’ll likely find your library to be far larger than it would have been otherwise if you had built it merely by purchasing physical books one at a time–or even set by set. The way Logos is built on packages, which supply a well-rounded assortment of resources, you’ll find your library to be much fuller and complete than it would have been otherwise.


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 2

The following is part 2 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

6. Capability to Perform Extensive Searches Across Your Entire Library

 

7. Lightning-Fast Referencing

 

8. Hyperlinked Resources

 

9. Ability to Switch & Access Resources Seamlessly

 

10. Customized Layouts

 


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 1

Among book-lovers, to suggest the supposed “benefits of ebooks (e.g., Logos Bible Software) over physical books” is to utter fightin’ words! People’s opinion on this topic can be rather strong.

My Story

So a little bit of backstory…

I use to own a lot more physical books than I do currently. When I was in seminary, I didn’t have a lot of money to buy books. But over time, I slowly and steadily gathered more and more books. I would get a lot of books from people giving them away for free. Add to that the amount of books I would check out from the library every semester for classes, and our small little apartment soon became overcrowded with books. I ran out of space. Soon I began keeping stacks of books on the dining room table (our only table, mind you), and keeping them in my closet next to my clothes!

I began to question whether this was the route I wanted to go. I knew I would likely have a decent amount of moves ahead of me; and I already new from new past moves that moving (and reorganizing and reshelving) boxes of books is no fun.

Now I already owned Logos Bible Software from back in my days in Bible college, where they had us buy it. And so I had some experience using electronic books, and the power of this particular program. So after much thinking, after several months of weighing the pros and the cons, I decided to go all in with Logos. I sold a bunch of my physical books, and used the profits as funds for transferring my library over to Logos’ system.

And I’m glad I did. The benefits have been great.

Caveats

Before I outline those benefits though, I feel like it’s important say, “I’m not against physical books.” I agree; there’s just something about holding an actual book in your hands that you don’t have when reading a book electronically (#nostalgia). And I’m also aware of the advantages in comprehension and retention in reading physical books in comparison to ebooks. So that all needs to be considered as you weigh things.

But all that notwithstanding, I have found the benefits of Logos to outweigh any of its detriments (for me).

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A Diagram to Help You Know What Books to Read

I work in a seminary library and help with collection development (i.e., selecting and purchasing books for the library’s collection). Therefore, I spend a good amount of time looking through catalogues from Christian publishers. I also rub shoulders a lot with Christians who like to read Christian books, whether scholarly or more “pop” literature.

Every time I scan through these publishers’ catalogues, I think of Ecclesiastes 12:12 – “Of making many books there is no end.”

Furthermore, as I browse these catalogues with hundreds of new books, find myself in a Christian culture in which these new books are referred to as “the next best thing” and “must reads,” and hear people talk about how they are reading or are so excited to read this or that new book, I find myself a little annoyed.

Here’s a diagram that I think might be helpful in providing a little guidance on how to determine which books you should be reading with the limited time that you have.

You’ve probably sensed my point by now.

Maybe my sense is off here, but it seems to me that in evangelicalism we are rather infatuated with the contemporary to the neglect of our heritage. And my perception is that our selection of books to read has not escaped this tendency.

Don’t get me wrong. Contemporary books are important. They will be more up to date culturally. They will be more up to date in terms of scholarly discussion and advancement.

However, in our general reading habits, why would we give so much priority to books that will in all likelihood be forgotten within 50 years, a decade, or even less time than that? Why not put those books on the top of our stack of books that have stood the test of centuries and have proven helpful to thousands throughout church history?

These are just some thoughts I’ve been having lately. It’s a challenge to my own reading habits (as much as I, a student, am able to determine them) as much as anyone else’s.