5 Reasons to Pre-Order the Calvin 500 Collection Before Friday

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

This past week, we have been putting the finishing touches on the Calvin 500 Collection—an enormous collection of 108 volumes written by or about John Calvin. This ambitious project began last year in celebration of John Calvin’s 500th birthday, and now we’re just a couple days away from shipping.

If you haven’t yet placed your Pre-Pub order, here are 5 reasons you should do so before Friday:

1. Calvin’s Commentaries

Philip Schaff wrote that “Calvin’s theology is based upon a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He was the ablest exegete among the Reformers, and his commentaries rank among the very best of ancient and modern times.”

Calvin’s commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, and is best known for his commentaries on the Pauline epistles, his harmony of the Gospels, and his 5-volume work on the Psalms—all included in this massive collection.

2. 5 editions of the Institutes, including the rare Norton translation

The Calvin 500 Collection contains five editions of the Institutes of the Christian Religion—the 1559 Latin edition, the 1560 French edition, the 1574 Thomas Norton translation, and two nineteenth century translations—one by John Allen and the other by Henry Beveridge.

The publication of the Norton translation in Logos Bible Software is a significant event for Calvin scholars. Norton’s translation was the first to appear in the English language, and was published in 1574. It was also the standard English translation until its last printing in Glasgow in 1776. John Allen’s new translation in the early nineteenth century replaced Norton’s translation, and a new edition of Norton’s translation has not appeared in more than two hundred years. Early editions of the Norton translation are available today only in private collections and in a handful of libraries around the world. Even later editions are difficult to find. Having the rare Norton translation available in Logos Bible Software is a significant event for Calvin scholars around the world.

3. 600 letters and correspondence

B. B. Warfield rightly called Calvin “the great letter-writer of the Reformation age.” The Calvin 500 Collection includes over 600 letters written between 1528 and 1564. His first letters were written as he studied in Paris; the last letter in the collection was written from his deathbed. In between, we find letters to other Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Knox, as well as letters to kings and government authorities.

4. Tracts and treatises written by John Calvin and his contemporaries

Calvin’s tracts and treatises help us understand Calvin’s role in shaping the Reformation and his lasting influence as a key thinker of Reformed theology. These treatises—written by Calvin, his contemporaries, his supporters, and his detractors—expose and illuminate the emergence of Reformed theology as a legitimate movement during the sixteenth century. The Calvin 500 Collection also includes Theodore Beza’s influential Life of John Calvin.

5. Pre-Pub price expires on Friday

When Calvin 500 Collection ships on Friday, the Pre-Pub price will disappear. That gives you one last chance to add 108 books by or about Calvin to your library for a fraction of the cost. In fact, the current Pre-Pub price works out to around $3.50 per volume—for Calvin’s commentaries, a rare edition of the Institutes, tracts, treatises, letters, biographical material, and dozens of other volumes. This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Don’t miss out—place your Pre-Pub order now before this deal expires on Friday!

Lower Prices on Zondervan Titles and Discounts for Pradis Users

Zondervan

Last fall, we announced a new partnership with Zondervan, and we posted 87 books, commentaries, and reference works on Pre-Pub. Now, with just a few weeks remaining before the Zondervan books ship, we are pleased to announce lower Pre-Pub prices and steep discounts for Pradis users.

Lower Pre-Pub Prices

In general, Pre-Pub prices never go down. In fact, they often go up, which is always a good reason to lock in your Pre-Pub order at the lower price as early as possible.

We have been able to work with Zondervan to lower the Pre-Pub prices for nearly all of their books. To honor our commitment to our users who have already pre-ordered, we are going through all orders and automatically applying the lower price. That means if you’ve already ordered a Zondervan book on Pre-Pub, you don’t need to do anything to get the lower price. Your account has already been changed to show the new, lower price.

If you haven’t yet placed your Pre-Pub order, make sure you do so right away to lock in your order at the lower Pre-Pub prices. The massive 87-volume Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle has had the biggest price drop of any Zondervan collection, so that’s the best place to begin. It’s by far the best value—and the lower Pre-Pub price expires soon, so don’t miss out!

Shipping Soon!

We are only a few weeks away from shipping! All Zondervan Pre-Pubs will ship on Monday, April 5, with the exception of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, which will ship even earlier, on March 15.

That gives you a little more time to lock in your order at the lower prices. If you haven’t yet placed your Pre-Pub order, don’t miss out on the deals!

Discounts for Pradis Users

If you’re a Pradis user, we want to make your transition to Logos Bible Software as smooth as possible. We realize that you might have spent years building up the titles in your Pradis library, and you’ve made a significant financial investment in buying those titles.

For registered Pradis users only, Zondervan has authorized a special discount of an additional 40% off the newly-lowered Pre-Pub prices. The discounts are designed to help you transition to Logos Bible Software editions for the same books you’ve already purchased in Pradis. If you’re a registered Pradis user, this is your chance to get your books in Logos Bible Software at rock-bottom prices.

Pradis upgrade discounts are available only over the phone for registered Pradis users. To get the discounts, give us a call at 800-875-6467, or (360) 527-1700 if you’re calling from outside the USA or Canada. We want to take care of each Pradis user individually, so you’ll need to call and speak with someone to verify your Pradis registration and get the discount on the Logos titles. Even if you’re a registered Pradis user and you’ve already placed a Pre-Pub order for Zondervan titles, you’ll still need to give us a call to get the discount.

The limited-time upgrade discount for registered Pradis users is only authorized for one combined order, so make sure you know exactly what you want to buy before you make that call. For example, if you call for the discount on the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, and then call back a month later for the discount on the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, we are only able to honor the first upgrade discount. However, if you ask for the discount on both in one call, we can give you the discount on both sets.

The discount only applies for Pradis users who have purchased their books before January 1, 2010. These discounts expire on June 30, 2010, so you need to act now to get the discount. It’s in your best interest to apply the discount to as many titles as possible before they expire. If you’re a Pradis user, give us a call right away to get 40% off!

  • From the USA and Canada, call 800-875-6467.
  • From outside the USA and Canada, call 1-360-527-1700.

Last Chance!

Time is running out to save big on all the Zondervan titles. If you haven’t yet placed your Pre-Pub order, do it right away to save big! Head on over to Logos.com/Zondervan to see the complete list of titles.

New Anchor Yale Bible Collections

Anchor Yale Bible: New Testament (26 Vols.)

The Anchor Yale Bible is a prestigious commentary series of 84 volumes, and it represents the pinnacle of biblical scholarship, drawing from the wisdom and resources of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world. It includes Jacob Milgrom’s 3-volume Leviticus commentary, Joseph Blenkinsopp’s commentary on Isaiah, Joseph A. Fitzmyer’s commentary on Luke, Raymond E. Brown’s commentary on John, and a lot more—84 volumes in all.

Many Logos users picked up the entire set last spring when it was on Pre-Pub and got a great deal. But, for whatever reason, some missed out.

We’re now pleased to announce that the Anchor Yale Bible (84 Vols.) is available in two separate collections—a 26-volume set of New Testament commentaries, and a 58-volume set of commentaries on the Old Testament and Apocrypha. Even better, though the end of February, you can get these two new sets for an additional $200.00 off the sale price listed on the product page through the end of the month. Use coupon code ANCHOROT for the Old Testament commentaries and ANCHORNT for the New Testament commentaries. If you missed out on the Pre-Pub deal last year, this is your chance to add the Old Testament or New Testament commentaries of the Anchor Yale Bible to your library and get a great deal.

The combined sale prices for the Old Testament and New Testament sets are a little higher than the whole series together, so the entire 84-volume set is still a better deal if you want all the commentaries. But if your research interests lie in a particular genre of Scripture—like the Pentateuch—or you’re a pastor and you want to expand your library of commentaries on the Gospels or the Pauline epistles, then consider getting one of these sets while they’re on sale this month. The sale prices expire on February 28, so don’t wait!

All the commentaries in the Anchor Yale Bible are also among the 3,000 books (and counting) you can access in the Logos iPhone app. That means you can now access the entire set—84 volumes, 43,315 pages, and 160 pounds of print books—all in the palm of your hand, wherever you take your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Remember, this sale expires at the end of the month, so order now! Use coupon code ANCHOROT for the Old Testament commentaries and ANCHORNT for the New Testament commentaries at checkout to take an additional $200.00 off the sale price listed on the product page. Even better, you can use a payment plan to spread out the cost over the next several months. This is also a great way to apply your monthly or quarterly book budget to a new set of Anchor Yale commentaries.

Head on over to the product pages to learn more:

How to Change Your CD-ROM Pre-Pub Orders to Downloads

Change Your CD-ROM Pre-Pub Orders to Downloads

Whether you use Libronix or you’ve upgraded to Logos 4, downloads are the better delivery method when you place Pre-Pub orders. Installation is faster and easier. You don’t pay for shipping costs. And you can get your books the moment they’re available. There’s no need to wait for a CD-ROM to be mailed.

If you’re a Logos 4 user especially, downloads make the most sense. Logos 4 is a powerful web-based application. Installing new resources from CD-ROMs to Logos 4 takes extra time and adds several steps to the installation process. However, if you download your new books, you’ll receive them automatically as soon as they are available. You don’t need to do anything. It just works.

This past week, we created download options for all Pre-Pubs that were previously CD-ROM only, and launched a new tool you can use to change all your pre-orders to downloads at the click of a button.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit the Downloadable Pre-Pubs Tool page. (Make sure you’re logged in.)
  • You will see the list of your CD-ROM Pre-Pub orders.
  • Simply click the Submit button, and you’re all set.

Even better, when you convert your Pre-Pub orders to download, you’ll still get the same price for which you originally pre-ordered them. Pre-Pub prices often go up over time, but you will still pay your original price. For example, if you pre-ordered the CD-ROM of Hengstenberg’s Commentary on the Psalms for $20, you can still get the download today for $20, even though the price has gone up. Nothing changes except for you how receive your Pre-Pubs—via download instead of a shipped CD-ROM.

Please note that this process is irreversible. Once you have changed your orders to the download option, they cannot be changed back easily.

We have also created new download options for the following Pre-Pubs. If you haven’t yet placed your pre-order, do it soon!

Head on over to the Downloadable Pre-Pubs Tool page to change all your Pre-Pub orders to downloads now!

Hundreds of Baker Books Coming Soon to Pre-Pub!

Baker Announces Partnership with Logos Bible Software

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Baker Books and Logos Bible Software. In the next few weeks, we will begin to convert hundreds upon hundreds of Baker titles into our electronic format. This list includes brand new releases, commentary series, bestsellers, and top books from the field of biblical scholarship and theological study.

This is a major partnership, and one of the biggest agreements we’ve ever reached with a publisher. So big, in fact, that if you’ve ever requested a Baker title, it will more than likely appear on the Pre-Pub page in the coming weeks.

For years, Baker has published books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, and leadership. Their academic division publishes scholarly works in the field of biblical studies, history, theology, and more. The new partnership with Baker means that you’ll soon be able to add many of these books to your digital library.

The first books have already been posted on the Pre-Pub page, and this is only the beginning:

Here’s what you can do:

  • Pre-order the books you’d like to add to your library! Just like other Pre-Pubs, we will begin converting the titles to our format once we have enough interest in the project. Place your pre-order to move each collection along.
  • Support the project. By pre-ordering, you are also sending a message to Baker that you’re interested in seeing more of their books available in Logos.
  • Stay on top of the titles. You can be the first to know when new Baker titles are posted by subscribing to the Pre-Pub feed. As soon as a new title is posted, you’ll see it right away in your RSS reader.
  • Send your suggestions to suggest@logos.com for any Baker books you’d like to see. Although we can almost guarantee that your title will appear on Pre-Pub very soon, your feedback will help us prioritize our work and shape the direction of the partnership.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Pre-Pub page to check out the new books!

How Community Pricing Works

Community Pricing offers some amazing deals on classic works in the field of biblical and theological studies. Thousands of Logos users have gotten books for less than the price of a latte or a gallon of gas (which is around $3.00 in Bellingham, Washington).

For example, a few years ago, the R.A. Torrey Collection went for $15 on Community Pricing, $69.95 on Pre-Pub, and it now sells for $119.95. Even better—until Friday at noon, you can pick up Henry Alford’s New Testament for English Readers for $16 or less!

How Does Community Pricing Work?

We estimate how much it will cost to produce a book. Let’s say a book costs $10,000 to produce. It could get into production under a number of scenarios:

  • If 100 people bid $100
  • If 1,000 people bid $10
  • If 10,000 people bid $1

These are just examples, and this is a hypothetical book. There are also lots of other combinations of orders and prices that would get this to $10,000. But it should be clear that the more people bid, the lower the price is for everyone. It makes no difference what the final price is, as long as the costs are covered. The book will go into production whether one person bids $10,000 or whether 10,000 people bid $1. The math is the same.

What Does the Graph Mean?

Because there are endless combinations of orders and prices that push a project over the cost estimate, the progress for each book is tracked on a graph. This graph will give you an idea where most people are placing their bids.

You place a bid at the highest price you’re willing to pay. To do this, simply click on the dollar amount on the graph. Once the peak of the graph crosses the 100% threshold, bids are placed on the following Friday.

The New Testament for English Readers (4 Vols.)

How Should I Bid?

Let’s say a project crosses the threshold at $16. If you bid $16 or higher, your bid is placed. That means if you placed a bid for $20 or $30 for Alford’s New Testament for English Readers, you’ll still get it for $16 (or less). Unfortunately, if you bid less than the closing price, your bid won’t be placed.

The bottom line? Bid the maximum possible price you’d be willing to pay for a book. If you bid high you’ll never miss out on a deal, but if you bid too low you won’t be able to change your bid after the title moves from Community Pricing over to Pre-Pub.

If you’re still not sure what to bid, check out Phil’s post on A Bidding Strategy for Community Pricing from a couple years ago.

How Can I Help?

  • Bid on the books you want. Remember, you should bid the maximum amount you would be willing to pay for a book.
  • Spread the word! The more people who bid on Community Pricing, the lower the price is for everyone.
  • Subscribe to the Community Pricing RSS feed. That way you’ll be the first to know when a new title is posted.

What are you waiting for? Check out all the deals on Community Pricing today!

9 Reasons Mac Users Should Upgrade

You’re probably aware that we are still working on the Mac version of Logos 4. The software keeps getting better and better all the time, with new updates released almost every week. It’s a Alpha release, and new features and improvements are being added every day.

Time is running out to get the introductory discount on your upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user and you’re still on the fence about upgrading, here are 9 reasons why you should upgrade today:

1. Books

You get tons of new books. Literally. Put your print books on a scale and add them up. If you upgrade, you will get hundreds—potentially thousands—of resources to aid your study of the Bible, including Bibles, commentaries, reference books, media resources, preaching and teaching tools, and ancient language texts and tools, plus a whole lot more.

This is the single best reason to upgrade to the Mac version of Logos 4. Don’t believe us? Run the numbers, or see for yourself.

2. iPhone and iPod Touch app

You can now access many of the books in your library on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the Logos iPhone App. We’ve already converted 3,000 titles to the new format, which you can access if you own a Logos 4 base package.

3. Windows

We know you love your Mac. But if you’re okay with running Logos 4 through VM Fusion, Parallels, or Boot Camp, you can install the Windows version at no additional cost.

4. Syncing

Reading a book on the Mac version and have to run out the door? Pull the book up on your iPhone on the bus and it will open directly to where you left off. Save a layout on your Windows machine at the office and you can open the same layout on the Mac when you get home in the evening. Logos 4 offers syncing across all your platforms.

5. New Releases

New features and functionality are released every two week or so. You get to witness the program’s progress all the way to completion. When the final version is released, simply type “Update Now,” and your software will update to the full version of Logos 4 at no additional charge.

6. Shape the Product

You can shape the development. By being part of the testing team, your feedback will provide our developers with valuable information to shape the final product. Our Mac forum is very active. With an upgrade to Logos 4, you can add your voice!

7. Version 1.2

Run Logos 4 alongside version 1.2. Upgrading to Logos 4 does not replace your current software. You can use both versions side-by-side. Even better, you can use most of your new Logos 4 resources on Logos for Mac version 1.2. You get all the books with the upgrade, but you can wait to begin using Logos 4 on your Mac until you’re ready.

8. Automatic Updates

Logos 4 is self-updating. Updates download automatically. No waiting for disks. You always have the latest and greatest Mac version of Logos 4. And when the final version of Logos 4 is released, you’ll get the update at no additional charge.

9. Introductory Discounts End This Week

Remember, time is running out to take advantage of the introductory discounts on an upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user, you can upgrade to Logos 4 whenever you want, but you can only get introductory discounts until January 31. Visit the custom upgrade discounter to see what discounts you qualify for!

Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, if you are serious about building a library of biblical and theological resources, there’s really no better way to do it than with an upgrade—and there’s no better time than now, while we still have our extra low introductory upgrade discounts running.

The great news is that you can use our payment plans on upgrades and spread out your upgrade cost over the next 3, 6, 9, or even 12 months. If you have a monthly or quarterly book budget, this is a great way to use it for a Logos 4 upgrade and still take advantage of the introductory discounts. Simply select the payment plan option during checkout.

Remember, these deals end soon. We are in the final hours of our introductory discounts on upgrades. The window of time is closing. Upgrade now!

You can also call 800-875-6467 until tomorrow at 5:00pm (PT) to speak with someone who can answer any questions you have about your upgrade options and about using Logos 4 on your Mac.

What do you think? Is there another reason you’ve been waiting to upgrade? Still have questions about the Mac version of Logos 4? Leave a note in the comments, and we’ll be happy to address your questions and concerns.

How to Celebrate John Calvin’s 501st Birthday

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

John Calvin is one of the church’s greatest theologians, and Calvinism one of the Western world’s most influential intellectual movements. Calvin was a theologian, pastor, biblical exegete, and tireless apologist for Reformed Christianity. His theological works, biblical commentaries, tracts, treatises, and letters helped establish the Reformation as a legitimate and thriving religious movement throughout Europe and the world.

No theologian has been acclaimed or assailed as much as Calvin. Calvinism has spawned movements and sparked controversy throughout the centuries. Wars have been fought both to defend and destroy it, and its later proponents began political and theological revolutions in Western Europe and America. The breadth and depth of the engagement with Calvin’s works since they first appeared four centuries ago—and their continuous publication since then—testifies to Calvin’s importance and lasting value for the church today. Thinking Christians from the twenty-first century who ignore Calvin’s writings do so at their own peril.

To celebrate Calvin’s birthday and his importance for the church today, we launched the Calvin 500 Collection—a massive project to convert 108 books by or about Calvin to our format. The Calvin 500 Collection includes:

  • 3 English translations of Calvin’s Institutes—including the rare Thomas Norton translation
  • Latin and French editions of Calvin’s Institutes
  • Complete set of Calvin’s commentaries
  • Four volumes of Calvin’s letters and correspondence
  • Dozens of tracts and theological treatises written by Calvin
  • Ten biographies of Calvin’s life and work
  • 31 volumes of secondary literature on the history and influence of Calvinism

We hoped to complete the project during 2009 (before Calvin turned 501), but it didn’t happen. Some of the texts, like the Norton translation of the Institutes—the first in the English language—took longer than we planned. We also ran into some problems with the commentaries which needed some special attention.

But the biggest delay happened when we launched Logos 4 in November. In the weeks before the launch, all efforts were devoted to making sure it happened as smoothly as possible—finishing all new books for the expanded Logos 4 base packages, working with our beta testers, building the new Logos iPhone app, training our customer service department and sales teams, and hundreds (thousands?) of other behind-the-scenes projects.

We’ve been busy since the release, too. We’ve been reading the emails you’ve sent us, talking to you on the phone, closely watching the Community Forums, listening to customer feedback, creating training videos and support pages, and doing everything we can to make Logos 4 even better. Since the launch, we’ve released a major update to Logos 4, with tons of new features. We’ve been updating the Mac version just about every week. And we just came out with a brand new update to the Logos iPhone app which now allows offline reading on your iPod Touch or on the iPhone when you’re in an airplane. Oh, and did we mention there are 1,000 more books available for reading on your iPhone than there were a month ago? These are just a handful of great reasons to upgrade today—and until the end of next week, you can still get 25% off when you upgrade to Logos 4.

So you can see why the Calvin 500 Collection wasn’t finished by the end of 2009.

Fortunately, even though it’s 2010 now, John Calvin is still 500 years old. He doesn’t turn 501 years old until July 10, 2010, and by then, you’ll be using Logos Bible Software to read all of Calvin’s commentaries, books, and theological works.

In fact, you’ll be reading the new Calvin books much sooner than July. We are very, very close to finishing the project. Although we are not quite ready to project a ship date, we can promise that it will be soon.

One last thing, the Pre-Pub price for the Calvin 500 Collection will go up on Friday, which means you still have four more days to lock your order in the current price. If you’re thinking of pre-ordering, do it now before the price goes up.

Pre-Pubs Shipping Soon!

Tyndale Commentaries CD-ROM (49 Vols.)

Our number one priority for the past couple months has been the launch of Logos 4 and keeping our customers happy. We’ve devoted our entire company to ensuring that this happens.

Now that Logos 4 is launched, our electronic text department has returned to some other projects. They are wrapping up several Pre-Pub books and collections, and many are projected to ship in the next few weeks.

You still have a little more time to pick up some great books at a steep discount. Don’t pass up these deals!

Speaking of discounts, don’t miss out on the Logos 4 introductory discounts. The introductory offer expires soon, so don’t wait!

A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica

A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica (4 Vols.)

If you’ve been watching the Pre-Pub page closely, you might have noticed a major addition this past week—John Lightfoot’s Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica.

This commentary uses rabbinical literature to comment on the text of the New Testament, and to help modern readers understand the textual background from within the framework of Jewish literature. Lightfoot makes full use of Hebrew and Aramaic literature to provide thorough commentary on the New Testament. He uses Jewish sources to illuminate not only textual matters, but also the social and cultural context of the people, places, and events in the New Testament. This important work is meticulously written and has served as a model for synthesizing the New Testament with Jewish literature in the four centuries since its first publication. It covers the Gospels, Acts, portions of Romans, and 1 Corinthians.

First written in Latin, A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica was first published between 1658 and 1674, and reprinted as a whole in 1675, 1686, and 1699. The first English translation was published anonymously in 1684. It was reprinted in 13 volumes between 1822 and 1825 by John Rogers Pitman—an edition popular in the middle part of the nineteenth century. By the 1850s, however, the Pitman edition was becoming “scarce and expensive,” and work on a new edition was begun. The resulting work was published in 1859 by Oxford University. It remains the standard translation of Lightfoot’s work to this day, and has been reprinted numerous times—most recently by Baker in 1979 and Hendrickson in 2004. This is also the edition which underlies the electronic edition we’re planning to begin working on in the near future.

If you’re interested in Jewish studies and Talmudic literature, or you simply want to add a fascinating commentary to your library, you need to act now. This commentary has generated enormous interest this past week, and the Pre-Pub price is going up soon. Place your pre-order today to show your support for the project!