What is Logos Bible Software?

I recently returned from the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. Once again I had a great time meeting and talking with so many of our users as well as many students, pastors, scholars (and pastor-scholars!) who are looking for new resources.

It was interesting to see how different people have different impressions of Logos Bible Software. Some only know it as the software they use to access a single electronic book, like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. Some see it as a specialized Bible search engine, particularly if they only discovered it in the context of our new Hebrew and Greek syntax databases. Others see Logos as nothing more than a huge bucket-o-books, an overstuffed electronic library with a search feature.

The Libronix Digital Library System, the technology underneath Logos Bible Software, is not a single piece of software. It is more like a box of software parts that can be assembled in various ways – like digital Lego bricks, if you will. It can function as a search-and-display tool for a single book or as host for multiple document editors and specialized search engines. This modularity lets us deliver exactly the right tool for many different users. It is the right tool for the devotional user who wants just a Bible and commentary. And it is the right tool for the scholar who only wants to run complex queries on ancient language texts.

The modular architecture is a great asset. But it can make it hard to see the big picture of what Logos Bible Software really is.

Logos Bible Software is an obstacle eliminator for Bible study. It is a combination of technology and resources designed to eliminate every bit of time-consuming paper handling that could get in the way of Bible study.

The Bible is the Word of God. We believe that it should be at the center of every Christian’s walk, and that it speaks powerfully to the hearts and minds of unbelievers. But we can’t make people study it. We can take away excuses for not studying it, though. We can make Bible study easier to begin. We can remove every impediment of page turning and paper handling. We can make digging deeper irresistibly easy.

Back in 1991, the very first Logos t-shirt design consisted of our logo and the phrase “Get into the Word!” in large, red type. Fifteen years later we are still building tools to help you do just that.

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2 Responses to “What is Logos Bible Software?”

  1. Mark Smith December 20, 2006 at 6:56 pm #

    Bob,
    Thanks for dealing with this issue. It would be great if Logos had a brief slogan that told it all and helped distinguish Logos from competing products. I haven’t got one, BTW. I know, easier said than done. “Taking you further in Bible Study than you ever thought possible” doesn’t quite do it but that’s the idea.
    Mark

  2. M. Ryczek December 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    I received my Kindle2 as a gift in May 2009. Initially I was privately skeptical, wondering if I would like it, being a committed book worm and well used to the pleasures of the paper medium. I am confessing here that I have made the leap to being a Kindle2 fan.
    One of my favorite features that helped my conversion is the onboard dictionary. Now when I read a paper book (because not everything is on Kindle – yet), I find myself missing the convenient reference it provides, and I admit I am lazy enough not to be willing to get up and find my paper dictionary when I run across an unfamiliar word. Whereas with the Kindle2 all that is needed is to press a button and the definition pops up, simple, convenient, cool!
    It is portable and compact. Now instead of a taking a box of heavy books to the beach on vacation, I just took my Kindle2. I even sat on the beach, finished one book, and then browsed for a new one online and purchased it, all without moving from my spot on the beach.
    As noted, book shopping is easy. I recommend asking all your favorite people to give you Amazon gift cards so you can buy books on your account. I admit to missing the shopping experience of browsing in a book store, but as my husband pointed out, I can still do that, just jot down the titles and then buy them for my Kindle2.
    It works on a plane, just treat it like a computer, turning it off/on when directed by the flight attendants.
    I have some mild anguish about not completing some of my paper/hard cover sets of some book series I was in the middle of… I haven’t reconciled that slight pain. However I am enjoying some of the obscure books one can find that are out of print, no longer under copyright law, and are available for FREE or $.99, or something similarly ridiculously low… that I would otherwise never have discovered, but find on the Kindle2 search.
    Anyway, you get the drift. If you like to read, then I think that will supersede all the rest of the transition, and you will be hypnotized by your new Kindle2 book just like you are now with a paper version. People call my name and I don’t even hear them, then and now. I’m Kindle-ized.
    A few accessory comments:
    I found a water resistant case, which I used at the beach to keep sun lotion and sand away from my Kindle2. I also like the silicone skins, to keep finger oils and other dirts away from the surface of the device. Screen saver cover is a good idea, and inexpensive. There is a new cover I want to get that looks like a hard cover book cover. It attaches to the Kindle2 at the left side. (My next purchase!).
    Lastly, if you purchase a Kindle2, I highly recommend the extended warranty, which covers accidental damages. Unfortunately I have already had to get my replacement. It’s only good for one replacement, but is still much better than having to purchase an entire device again. Learn from my mistake – avoid placing your Kindle2 on a soft surface when not in use. I left mine on the sofa (it was laying under a blanket) and when I returned, accidentally knelt on it when I was sitting back down. Crack.
    Great Device. I am a voracious reader and love mine.
    PS, In case anyone is wondering at my praises, no, I don’t own any Amazon stock. Yes it is a pricey device, but if you can afford it, it’s an amazing tool.