This week we revealed a complete redesign of Logos.com. The design includes lots of aesthetic updates and new functionality, plus lots of improvements under the hood that have laid the groundwork for future features.
We made thousands of updates. Here’s a quick roundup of the 10 new features we think you’ll like the most:
1. Faceted Browsing
Faceted browsing is the feature we’re the most excited about. Instead of picking just a single product category to look at, faceted browsing lets you stack multiple categories, or facets, together. Mix and match your categories to get very precise results.
Before, you could only select one product category, like “commentaries.” But now, you can see all commentaries on Romans published by Baker and available on the iPhone.
With faceted browsing, you can:
- Find all books written by John MacArthur currently on sale.
- Find every commentary on the book of Ephesians to help you prepare for an upcoming sermon series.
- Find all the books available on the iPhone.
- Find all books on Pre-Pub shipping soon.
These are just a few possible facets. There are an infinite number of combinations you can use to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
2. Improved Searching
There are now more than 12,000 books available for Logos Bible Software, and the time has come to upgrade the search engine to help you find the ones you’re looking for. We’ve added lots of functionality under the hood to make your searches faster and more accurate.
3. Updated Design and User Interface
We have made substantial changes to the look and feel of the website. These changes include updates to colors, fonts, layouts, and more. We’ve paid attention to every pixel, striving to make the minor details aesthetically pleasing and the website easier on the eyes.
Getting around the site has never been easier. You’ll find well-structured navigation and better menus. In fact, you can get just about anywhere on the site in just a couple clicks.
4. Smart Messages
With the new design, Logos.com displays more content that’s relevant to you, and less content that isn’t. For example, if you’ve never visited the Pre-Pub page before, you’ll see a message that introduces you to the program. But if you’re a seasoned Pre-Pubber, then we’ll assume you know what you’re doing. Once you choose not to see it, you won’t see it again (this will be automated soon). This is just one example of targeted content across the site—some of which you might notice, but most of which you probably won’t.
5. Recommended Collections
The new Logos.com tells you when a book you’re looking at is part of a larger collection. Big collections generally give you a better value per volume than buying books individually, so it’s usually a better idea to buy collections rather than individual books.
Many of our users regularly buy books, only to find out later they could have gotten a better deal had they gotten it as part of a collection. The new website makes these collections more prominent, so you never miss out on getting a better deal when you buy your book as part of a collection.
For example, let’s say you’re thinking of getting the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament for $59.99. The new Logos.com tells you that you could get it as part of the 14-volume Baker Hermeneutics Collection, which is on sale for $329.95. At 14 volumes, that’s $23.57 per book—a big savings instead of the $59.99 you would pay for it individually. Now you’ll always know if the book you’re looking at is a better value as part of a collection.
6. Never Buy a Book You Already Own
Have you ever purchased a book, only to find out that you already own it? It’s easy to lose track of what you own, especially if you have a large library. We hear from users all the time who buy a book, only to discover later that it’s already in their library.
We’ve incorporated this feedback into the redesign by graying out the Add to Cart button for any product you already own. When you hover your mouse over it, you’ll see a note telling you that you already own the book. (We’re still testing this feature, so let us know what you think.)
Please note that we are in the early stages of developing this feature. It’s not quite perfect—and we’re improving it—but we hope you find it useful.
7. Grid View and List View
The new design gives you more options for how you view product lists. View your products by list view or grid. And the product pages are only a click away.
8. New Sorting
The new design introduces several new sorting options. Now you can sort your products by bestselling, newest, oldest, savings, price, and title. On the Pre-Pub page, you can also sort by progress and by ship date.
9. Social Integration
Share your favorite books with your friends! Just go to your favorite book and click “Like” to share it with your friends. Spread the news about the latest book by sharing it on Twitter. Send an email to your pastor with a book recommendation. Sharing your favorite books has never been easier!
This is also a great way to get Pre-Pubs to make it into production more quickly, and it’s also a way drive down the price on Community Pricing titles by attracting more bids.
10. Lots More . . .
If you’ve spent only a few minutes on Logos.com, you know things are different. It looks and feels different. It’s sleek and fast.
The amazing thing is that there’s a lot more coming—a whole lot more, in fact. Even with all the changes, most of the work redesigning Logos.com actually happened under the hood. We spent much of our time building the infrastructure for all the new features and functionality we plan to add in the future. So far, you’ve only seen phase one—the phase that paves the way for a robust website that can handle all the cool features you’ve been requesting over the years.
20% Off Base Packages
We’re celebrating the new website with a 20% off sale on all Logos 4 base packages. Use coupon code REDESIGN at checkout to get the discount.
Upgrades are discounted, too! Visit the custom upgrade discount calculator to see what discounts you qualify for.
So What Do You Think?
The new Logos.com was built based on your direct feedback, and we’d love to know what you think.
What do you like? What don’t you like? What’s your favorite part? What should we do next? What haven’t we thought of yet?
Tell us what you think by leaving a note on our Facebook page. We are monitoring all the comments posted there, and all your suggestions will be logged and evaluated—and they will help us prioritize future phases of the redesign.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, head on over to Logos.com to see the new design!