Logos Is Listening – Tell Us What You Want

What is the one book or series that you want Logos to release? What is the one feature that doesn’t yet exist but would take your research to the next level?

We want you to tell us the answer to those questions by sending an email to Suggest@logos.com. Don’t just limit yourself to one book or feature. If your mind is overflowing with golden nuggets of inspiration, we want to hear about it. We don’t just want you to feel involved in the creative process – you actually are instrumental in what we decide to release or produce.

The way we see it, technology should not only make Bible study better; it should make dialog with our customers better as well. Suggest@logos.com is one way that this is being done.

Through Suggest@logos.com we keep track of everything you ask for and if it is possible and feasible, we look for a way to make it happen. We place all requests into one of three categories: process, functionality, and content.

  • Process refers to how we do things like customer service, technical support, how information is displayed at our website and so on.
  • Functionality has to do directly with how Libronix operates and what features and add-ins are included.
  • Content of course has to do with what resources (Bibles, books, journals, image archives) we offer.

Logos processes, functionality and contenttoday are the result of almost 16 years of suggestions from Logos users and those suggestions continue to shape how we do things. Here’s a closer look at each area.

What happens when you write to Suggest@logos.com?

Your message goes right to the inbox of the publisher relations assistant, who then forwards it to the appropriate department at Logos. Lately the assistant has received between 5 and 10 suggestions per day and, yes, she reads every one. Typo notifications go straight to Electronic Text Development; website recommendations are sent to marketing; and software functionality suggestions end up in development. If you are requesting the addition of a specific book into the Logos digital library, the publisher relations assistant adds that title to an ever-growing list. When we have an opportunity to speak with the publisher of that title we request your book along with all of the others that have been requested.

By what criteria is a suggestion judged?

When our customers make suggestions regarding Logos processes – we pay very close attention. These requests usually warrant the quickest responses in terms of the time it takes to implement a recommendation. Do you think our ‘on-hold music’ is too loud? Was there insufficient information on a product page at the Logos website? Don’t just grin and bear it, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

As far as Libronix functionality, we don’t have an unlimited budget to do anything we want so we place a relative value on each suggestion. We do this in terms of its ability to do the most good to the largest number of users and balance that with the cost. A suggestion might be very expensive, but if a high percentage of our users would be happy about it, that weighs in very heavy. If a suggestion is moderately expensive but would only cause a few to smile, that weighs in a bit less.

As mentioned above, the likelihood of whether or not we release suggested content depends mostly on the publisher’s stance toward electronic books. Many publishers have seen the proverbial light and are completely behind our efforts to digitize their content. On the other hand, some think that venturing in this direction would negatively affect sales of print books and as such have decided to avoid electronic publishing altogether (until they absolutely have to release a title in electronic format). Other publishers arewillingto do no more than just dip their toe in and license a few books at a time. But each year more and more publishers are catching on that the Libronix user base exists in its own parallel universe to the print world and that the electronic editions of their books will be used in a way that print cannot be.

So what does all that mean? It means that even if every Libronix user suggested a particular title we’ve been unable to license, there is very little Logos can do about it besides keep working to convince the publisher that it would be in their best interest to digitize their content.

That being said, you need to request your favorite books (a quick e-mail to suggest@logos.com is the most direct route) because if we don’t know about it, it may not show up on our book radar.

One great example of how a suggestion came to fruition is the Charles Simeon Horae Homileticae Commentary (21 Volumes). The story of how that product was created can be found at the Logos blog. To sum up the story, it all started with a suggestion made via email from blogger Adrian Warnock. This product ended up being extremely popular, but we might never have released itwere it not forAdrian’s recommendation.

Help us improve!

We want to know what you love about Logos and what you want changed. It seems odd, but we would actually prefer to hear the latter. Your suggestion might raise an issue that we’ve never considered before.

So when you’re using Logos Bible Software always keep an open mind for how the software, the Logos website or our book selection could be tweaked. You could also tell us which features should never change because they are exactly what you need. When the inspiration hits, make sure you let us know by sending an email to suggest@logos.com.

Comments

  1. Fully functional Atlas integrated within Logos. This is LONG overdue, don’t you think? ;-)

  2. I already sent my biggest wish in – a renewal of William Barclays Daily Study Bible series as a commentary set (and the companion OT set as well). I’d also like to see any module which is no longer under copyright and freely available from other locations (e.g. CrossWire, e-Sword) available for free with Libronix. It stinks having two or more bible programs.

  3. Hey, I would LOVE to have John Phillips on Logos. Thanks for the consideration!
    -Mark

  4. The NICOT and NICNT commentary series really have to be the top choice. And someone really needs to bang some heads together at Zondervan and tell them to support Libronix as well as that awful Pradis software they have built – that way we could get NIV Application Commentary series, and the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, and it’s OT counterpart.
    I’d also like to see the Tyndale Commentary Series (published by IVP), and am glad to see the BST series will be available shortly.
    But most of all, I’d like Logos to publish a page on your website where we can vote for which products we want. Pre-pub and community pricing works brilliantly, but it doesn’t help with recalcitrant publishers. A page that allows us to vote, with no strings attached, so that you can go to a publisher and say “Look, 5000 people are willing to pay $500 for NICOT in Libronix”, would be hugely effective in my opinion.

  5. Jonely Moy says:

    Why aren’t new titles on Community Pricing announced? At least mention it on this Blog. That way titles like Lange Commentary would have had a better than fighting chance of not only been published more quickly, but also, would have been gotten for as little as $25, the lowest bid price as I recall when it was on Community Pricing. That’s right no one wanted Lange Commentary, the whole set for as little as $25 when it was offered on Community Pricing. But when it was offered as a Prepub for $174.95, only then did it stir a demand.

  6. Allen Waldrep says:

    Attention: Functionality.
    This is an idea for development AND a request for info to accomplish work-around now.
    I (and others who love your product) need to be able to sync our customizations with our laptop and desktop. As we learn more of the power available in the software (via your web site, Morris Proctor, blogs, Camp Logos, training videos, training manuals, etc) then we continue to modify our toolbars, establish parallel resources, collections, workspaces, etc. It is just a little disheartening to be forced to duplicate it on each of our computers. It appears that our customizations are stored in program files, my docs, all user application data, and my application data.
    Can you have one function that copies the customizations to one folder that can be copied to the other computer?
    In the meantime I would be thrilled to just know which files need to be copied to accomplish the task so that I can copy that which I should and not that which might cause an issue.
    Thank you for your help,
    I love Logos!
    Sincerely,
    Allen Waldrep

  7. Rene Atchley says:

    I would like a clean interface that uses less “cutting edge” education technology. The interface should allow for easier use of the tools and resources in a library collection without the need to go to a training camp. Finally I would like a library tool that makes it intuitive to organize the Biblical resources that I have.

  8. Dennis Finnan says:

    Please begin putting John Phillips OT and NT commentaries on board soon!

  9. Logos and LiveScribe (the future of technology!)… What a perfect combination. Can you think of addons/addins) that could merge these two powerful hardware/software platforms into a great tool for Biblestudy, sermon note taking, etc.?

  10. Wesley Paddock says:

    I would like to see the Zondervan works that are digitally available now. It is awkward switching between systems to make use of these fine works.

  11. Tim Campbell says:

    John Phillips for LOGOS!!!!

  12. Sarel Slabbert says:

    Please improve the Note function in Libronix. It is a wonderful concept but it is a pain to use on a regular basis. Improving the speed and basic word processing features should not be that difficult. Even similar to Wordpad should do the trick. Thanks

  13. Trent Ballard says:

    Someone mentioned NICNT/NICOT and NIV application commentary. Pradis doesn’t compare to LOGOS nor does Accordance. If you can get those, no stopping LOGOS.

  14. I would add my support for NICNT Commentary series. If these ever go pre-pub, I’ll be coming….