Pastor Takes Out Second Loan On Home To Purchase New Logos Bible Software

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T Howard's picture

I know this is satire, but for those here who may be tempted to upgrade to a Logos 7 package from Logos 6, take my advice: Just purchase the full feature set for ~$200.

I called the Faithlife folks to ask questions about Logos 7, and the guy on the phone told me for what I was doing with Logos I really needed at least the Logos 7 Gold package (~$1,200) and preferably Platinum (~$1,700). I looked at the resources I would gain with Gold, and honestly the ones I would use I already had and the others I would rarely if ever use or consult. I appreciate that Logos rummages through every resource in my library with every search, but I usually just stick to my preferred resources regardless of search results.

I've picked up a lot of resources since I acquired Logos 4 in 2009, but never as part of a package. The resources I wanted / needed for seminary / preaching / teaching were either not part of a package or were only part of a very large package many times more expensive than I could justify knowing I wouldn't use most of the resources in it. So, I've slowly amassed my own Greek and Hebrew language resources, my various systematic theologies, my good Bible dictionary sets, and my many exegetical commentaries belonging to different commentary sets.

Bert Perry's picture

....is that a lot of classic references are out of copyright and are therefore free if you can find and download them.  

Loved it, though.  I really don't think anyone could read it all.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

josh p's picture

Thanks thoward. I don't buy packages either. I don't think I will ever use some of the resources and a lot of the older stuff is in the public domain. Like my hard copy library, I have a modest selection of good books. Apparently you can hide resources that you don't want to search but that's a huge amount of work with that many resources. 

T Howard's picture

josh p wrote:

Thanks thoward. I don't buy packages either. I don't think I will ever use some of the resources and a lot of the older stuff is in the public domain. Like my hard copy library, I have a modest selection of good books. Apparently you can hide resources that you don't want to search but that's a huge amount of work with that many resources. 

I've hidden two resources, and that was because they were an older version of a newer resource I owned. If I had any gripes about Logos, it would be that there are several versions of the same resource, and it's not explicitly clear which one you should use and when. For example, I currently own 4 versions of the Hebrew Bible: BHS/WIVU, BHS SESB 2.0, The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text, and the Lexham Hebrew Bible. I purchased the BHS SESB 2.0 version because it's the only one that contains the critical apparatus, but it's missing some morphology tagging. There are several Logos forums that try to explain the differences between the different versions, but frankly it's not entirely clear. I do know that some versions have more explicit morphological tagging than others.

https://topics.logos.com/Hebrew_Bible_Text_Resources_in_Logos

I also have multiple copies of other resources, and again it's not clear the difference.

Steve Newman's picture

Unless you get it in school. Can't afford it!