Why the Logos Top 10 Lists Matter To You

Logos Top 10 Lists

If you don’t already have one of our Logos 4 base packages and you’re looking for a recommendation on which collection to get, or if you’re ready to add commentary sets, collections from authors, or individual titles, then start with suggestions from what Logos users have elevated into our Logos Top 10 Lists. The Logos Top 10 Lists allow you to quickly identify important works as determined by our large user base, those who, like yourself, are interested in rightly dividing the Word of truth.

Our lists are filtered into three general categories:

  • Logos Base Packages
  • Essentials
  • Authors

While recently updating the Top 10 lists, what stood out as interesting was that of all the products in the Essentials and Authors categories are currently collections or bundles of some sort. Since the list is based on user purchases, this got me thinking. Why isn’t even one single-volume title on the list? The only reason I came up with was this: You get the best per-volume price on Logos resources when you add collections of books rather than individual titles.

Our top 10 lists attest to this fact.

Take the #1 title from the Essentials category: Tyndale Commentaries CD-ROM (49 Vols.)

At 49-volumes, this collection might at first appear to be more than you need if you are studying smaller books of the Bible like 1 & 2 Peter or even Hosea. But think long term. Do you plan on teaching or preaching through the Bible? Do you have an OT or NT survey course this coming semester? With Logos, every word is essentially a link, so every word you add to your library makes Logos 4 even more powerful. That gives you instant access to technical linguistic data, along with the tools for accurate exegesis and interpretation. So adding 49-volumes rather than one or two greatly increases your ability to study the Word. But the most convincing argument for adding multiple volume collections to you library remains pricing. With the current sale price of $224.95 for 49 volumes, you are getting the combined Tyndale Old Testament Commentary and the Tyndale New Testament Commentary at just under $4.60 per volume!

And that is an example from just #1 in the Essentials list. We could work our way down each list and find the same thing.

Since the lists are based on user purchases, it’s likely you have at least one of the products listed. If you do, leave a comment indicating which item(s) you have and how it has been useful for you. You may help another reader decide which item to choose. Then, check the Logos Top 10 Lists for new titles to add to your library.

Comments

  1. I recently ordered the Tyndale Commentaries for Logos. However, I have used some of the print volumes in the past for both academic studies, writing study material, as well as teaching in a congregation. So much of the academic world today, even the “Academic Christians” are very liberal in their views of the Bible. I find the Tyndale Commentaries to be very scholarly, concise, and generally conservative. The price is nice as well.

  2. Dan DeVilder says:

    WOW! I did not know about the Top 10 lists. Interesting! I know I have benefited greatly from the bundling, too! I know Logos has their reasons, but the more they can break up bundles into single volume sales, that will help, too. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that won’t lead to a sale of that bundle on down the road. In my case, I purchased a volume or two of the College Press OT Commentaries, when I could not afford the set, but needed a particular volume for research. Later on, I got the set–lol, but it was part of a Portfolio purchase! But that set was one of the reasons I bought Portfolio: I had made a list of the volumes I really wanted, and knew I might purchase anyway. The terrific value of Portfolio made it that much easier. Blessings to you guys, and thanks for offering terrific resources and great values!!

  3. Douglas says:

    I check out the top 10 list every now and then, it serves me well in making a decision on what and what not to order. I do wish for one thing though, and that is for the Tyndale OT & NT collection to be available as a download. It really makes things much easier and it really cuts the waiting time on delivery. Hopefully some day ALL products will be available as a download. Just think how much money companies will save by not having to spend on CD’s and cases production costs. Anyway, just a thought. Have a great day!

  4. Hi Douglas,
    Since Logos 4 launched back in November, we have been trying to make as many resources as possible available as downloads. If you haven’t noticed already, you should start to notice the gradual shift with an emphasis more on the downloadable version.

  5. Douglas says:

    Yes, I’ve noticed the shift and ever since I got a taste of the download option I got hooked really fast. Now I don’t have to worry about backing up anything, Logos does it for me and that means less “software boxes” in my office, which gives me more room. Hopefully the Tyndale commentary collection and the Advance Hebrew Supplement will be downloadable pretty soon. Thanks!

  6. I purchased the Scholar’s Library in January, Tyndale Commentaries and IVP Essentials (it was on the list) on March. The only Bundle I bought that is not on the list is the Lexham Discourse NT.
    It is true that the list really reflects the best and cost effective books I should buy.
    I know the Tyndale commentaries from the forum. People suggests that the first commentary series one should buy should be the Tyndale Commentaries. And the list proof that they are correct.

  7. Albert says:

    One great idea is to give a special discount on the top 10 at the end of every month, that will encourage other users to buy from the list. Just a thought…have a good one!

  8. I’d love to be able to create my own list of books on the logos site (or better yet inside Logos) that Logos doesn’t already have. If lots of users were to do this, it might help logos prioritize which books to look at producing or sourcing. Think of it as crowd sourcing a suggested books list.
    This means
    - we have a place to put books in a “wish list” so we don’t forget them
    - Logos knows which books are in demand and have a “guaranteed sale” estimation prior to publishing
    - Logos then have the power to go to publishers and tell them what they can sell of a particular book which helps justify allowing logos to publish the book.
    - Logos can then tell people who have a book in a wish list when they get it to kick start the pre-pub process
    What do you think?

  9. Darrly,
    Thanks for the comments. We definitely like hearing from users about the books suggestions. If you already have some in mind, there are currently two places to send your suggestions:
    suggest@logos.com: Email us your suggestions. We are constantly looking here for titles to add to Logos as well as for ways to improve the program. If you have a suggestion about anything Logos related, this is the place to send it.
    Logos Forums: This is a great place to suggest titles too. Using the Logos Forums instead of directly emailing ‘suggest’ allows the Logos community to comment and show their interest.