Vyrso’s Selection Grows with David C. Cook

David C. Cook, publisher of discipleship materials for helping Christians grow and pass on their faith, has made many of their most popular titles available on Vyrso.

Now you can grow your faith with dynamic ebooks like:

Or experience powerful biographies:

Read life-changing fiction:

And guide your family through turbulent times with:

These David C. Cook ebooks (and many more!) can be read in the designated Vyrso reader (iPhone or Android), the Logos app (iPhone or Android), Logos 4, or online at Biblia.com. So what are you waiting for? Pick up some new David C. Cook titles from Vyrso today!

How to Search Logos.com by Price Range

Christmas 2011!A lot of people are excited about Logos Christmas Credit. And why wouldn’t they be? Having the ability to earn 15–50% back in Logos.com credit for all eligible purchases is pretty exciting!

$10 is all you need to spend to start earning Logos.com credit. But you can earn a higher return based upon the amount you spend.

You can see how the tiers break down here:

Tiers You Spend We’ll Match You’ll Earn
Tier 1 $10–$99.99 15% $1.50–$15
Tier 2 $100–$499.99 20% $20–$100
Tier 3 $500–$999.99 25% $125–$250
Tier 4 $1,000–$2,499.99 30% $300–$750
Tier 5 $2,500–$4,999.99 40% $1,000–$2,000
Tier 6 $5,000+ 50% $2,500+

Keep Track of Your Christmas Credit

If you have signed up for the Christmas Credit email list (you need to sign up to get in on this promotion), you can track your progress from your account page on Logos.com. Under the “Orders” tab you can see:

  • How much you have spent in qualifying purchases
  • Your current percentage bracket
  • Yow much credit you have earned so far
  • How much you need to spend to get into the next tier
  • What percentage you will earn in the next tier

Searching Logos.com by Price Range

What if you’re looking for products to help boost you into the next tier? Searching for products within a specific price range on Logos.com is easy. Simply drop price:[0 TO 10] into the search field on Logos.com and hit the search button. In this case, you will pull up every product priced $0–$10. Just change the numbers to search a different price range.

In the Logos Christmas Credit image above, the user would need another $650.06 to get them into the 40% off tier. They could easily search Logos.com for products to get them into the next tier by searching for price:[600 TO 700].

So head over to Logos.com and give it a try. I found all sorts of great products I didn’t know existed by trying different price range searches in preparation of this post!

Make Sure You Are Signed Up to Earn Logos.com Credit

There is less than two weeks left in the Christmas 2011 sale. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to get a portion of your December spending back in Logos.com credit—sign up! You can sign up by entering your email right here:

 

 

Proclaim Beta Free through January 1!

A free beta of Proclaim is now available! Logos has just released the newest church presentation software on market and made it free to use for your church through New Year’s Day 2012.

Download it now or go to the Proclaim website for more details.

What Is Proclaim?

Proclaim is church presentation software which is going to change the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a presentation.

With this newly developed, cloud-based software, your weekly presentations are available online for contributions from every member of your team. This fully collaborative worship solution allows pastors, worship leaders, church admins, and other team members to access and edit the presentation throughout the week.

Because your presentation is online, you can access or present from any internet connected computer. Your presentations are fully cached on your computer once they are opened, so even if you lose internet connection during the service, your presentation will not be affected.

Proclaim connects directly to your CCLI Song Select account to easily pull in song lyrics. There is no more going out to the internet to copy and paste lyrics hoping they are correct. Simply connect your Song Select account and type the song name, and Proclaim takes care of the rest.

You’re going to find that Proclaim is:

Go to ProclaimOnline.com for information, screenshots, and to download your free Proclaim beta.

Downloading Proclaim

Once you download Proclaim, you will be prompted to:

  • Set up a new group—Simply create a group with a name which is specific to your church or worship team. At this point, you can invite others into the group using their email addresses or they can download Proclaim and find your group by name.
  • Enter any pertinent account information—Here is where you would enter in your CCLI Song Select or Graceway Media account.
  • Purchase an “On Air” license—Your “On Air” license allows your Proclaim presentations to be exhibited. You can purchase your “On Air” license at any time during the beta period and take advantage of introductory pricing. If you do purchase an “On Air” license, you will not be billed until the end of the beta period.
  • Start creating your first presentation.

When putting together your presentations, you can subscribe to content from Graceway Media, purchase content à la carte from within Proclaim, or upload your own media and backgrounds. Do you want to see what in-store media will look like in your presentation? All you have to do is add the media and preview the presentation to see it in context before purchasing. Between the background images, smart media, and video loops available in the store, you are sure to find the right creative elements for your service. As a bonus, you will find some free media to use in Proclaim during the free beta period.

A Note for Logos 4 Users

With Proclaim, pastors can send their Scripture and teaching illustrations directly from within Logos 4. Incorporating content from Logos 4 is as easy as right clicking on an image or verse and hitting “Send To Proclaim.” Your content will automatically post when you have Proclaim running and open in the background.

So, download Proclaim today and enjoy it for free during beta period, follow Proclaim on Facebook and Twitter, and then join the discussion with other users in our Proclaim Forum.

 

Win an iPhone 4S and Keep Proclaim Free through the End of 2011!

Keeping Proclaim free through 2011 is as simple as clicking “Like” on Proclaim’s Facebook page! Once you “Like” the page, you’ll see how to enter to win an iPhone 4S or be one of ten churches to win Proclaim FREE for a year.

If we reach 11k fans by 11/11, Proclaim will remain FREE through the end of 2011. So tell your ministry staff, worship team, fellow worship leaders, and youth leaders to join with you in keeping Proclaim FREE through the end of the year. Share the Proclaim Facebook Page with them after you “Like” it yourself!

Churches everywhere are loving the FREE beta version of Proclaim church presentation software and you will too. Make Proclaim absolutely FREE through 2011 by liking our page and find out how to enter the iPhone 4S giveaway when you visit our Facebook page.

Take Logos Anywhere with Android

There are many benefits to downloading the free Logos Android app. The app gives you access to Logos tools such as:

  • Quick Preview of Bible Verses—Simply tap a passage or cross reference and have it displayed for you with an option to jump the verse.
  • Bible Word Study—Get a report with links to dictionaries, lexicons, verses using the word, and view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Passage Guide—Enter a verse and get a detailed report that includes relevant commentaries, cross references, literary typing, and media resources.
  • Easy Navigation—Navigate through your books in many different ways: pick a verse, select a chapter from the table of contents, type a reference, or use the slider.

Not only does the Android app give you all of these tools, but the app comes with over forty free resources. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll have access to over ten Bible translations (including the ESV and New Living Translation) and a complete summary of the Old and New Testaments.

But Wait, There’s More!

You get over twenty-five more resources when you sign in or register for a free Logos.com account. Instantly add important resources to your library like:

  • Easton’s Bible Dictionary by M. G. Easton
  • Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Systematic Theology by Augustus Hopkins Strong

As if that weren’t enough, if you are a Logos 4 user, the app will sync with your Logos resources. Take your Logos 4 library* on your Android app wherever you go. In fact, your books purchased from Vyrso.com will be available in your Logos Android app as well!

Review and Share It!

Let us know what you like about the app and what you would like to see in future versions. Visit the Android forum page to discuss the app with other Android users.

Then head over to the Android Market and review the app. We want to hear what you have to say!

Lastly, spread the word. If you are excited about Logos on Android, share it! Tweet it, share this post on Facebook, or blog about how Logos is helping you do better Bible study with your Android devices.

But first things first: head over to the Android Market and download the app to your Android device today!

*The list of e-books available through Logos Bible Software is growing constantly as we secure rights and convert resources.

Personal Book Builder: The Inside Scoop

The most anticipated tool for Logos Bible Software has been Personal Books tool. Originally called Personal Book Builder (PBB), the tool was created for Libronix (Logos version 3) so that users could create their own books. It had a few shortcomings in that it created resources that were not exactly like their Logos produced counterparts. But that model has changed. Personal Books now have all the functionality of any other resource produced by Logos except it is produced by you.

What’s It For?

Personal BooksIf you’ve ever wished there was a way to bring all of your seminary papers, excurses studies, position papers, even your graduating thesis on “Middle Eastern Soil Samples and Their Impact on the Imago Dei,” and whatever else you can imagine into Logos, so that you could search it, reference it, and use it along with all of the other thousands of resources Logos makes available; your answer is Personal Books.

How Do I Use It?

Using the Personal Books tool is amazingly simple.

  1. Create your masterpiece in Word or any word processor that can save in a .docx format
  2. Save the file and remember where you saved it
  3. In Logos, click Tools | Personal Books
  4. When the Personal Books pane opens, locate and click Add book
  5. Add the information like Title, Author, Copyright, and Description, then set the resource type, adjust the language, and even add a book graphic
  6. Then click Add file and navigate to your original document
  7. Once you’ve finished, click Build Book and Logos does the rest

From this point forward your book can be located in your Library, added to collections, searched, highlighted, and more, just like every other Logos resource. Congratulations you’ve been (self) published!

Is That It?

Logos’ Personal Books tool opens up an entire vista of possibilities. Personal Books can be just like Logos books with tagging, milestones, and more. As I write this, the finishing touches are being put on the Personal Books section of the Logos help file and will be available soon (if not already) to help guide you through the basics of what Personal Books can do. Already, the Logos user community has been building the Wiki page for Personal Books. Like every other aspect of Logos Bible Software, the user forums are often the best place to search for and find answers to your questions.

But Wait, There’s More!

Logos’ Personal Books tool is already growing and more is planned. One user has created a script to automatically create tags and hyperlinks between resources and another created a script to add page numbers! In the past, Logos 3 PBB required users to find ways to share their work. My own website hosts almost a thousand Logos 3 format PBB resources contributed by the community. Now however, Logos has plans to integrate directly with the Logos.com website so that your works can be made available around the globe if you want them to be.

Sweet! Where Do I Get It?

Logos’ Personal Books tool is the main component of Logos 4.3. By clicking the Help Button | About Logos Bible Software in your copy of Logos you’ll see what version of Logos you are currently using. If it’s not at least 4.3 you can simply wait for Logos to update itself or type the command “update now” in your command bar and let Logos Bible Software do the rest.

What are you most looking forward to adding to your Logos library or what excites you most about the Personal Books tool? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP and a Pastor in Moweaqua, Illinois.

Free Personal Book Builder Ships with New Logos 4 Update!

We are excited to announce that the completely redesigned Personal Book Builder has shipped with the new version (4.3) of Logos Bible Software. Like all previous updates, version 4.3 is a free download for all Logos 4 users.

Personal Book Builder

With this update, Personal Book Builder will be added to Logos 4 as a completely free feature. You will now be able to create your own fully tagged, fully searchable books in Logos. These resources can be marked up with your own notes and highlights, and you can add links to your other Logos resources.

Create Your Own Resources!

Personal Book Builder allows you to create your own powerful, feature rich books for Logos 4! These books will operate with much of the same functionality as your other Logos resources.

Just think of all the documents you can combine with your Logos library. You can add your sermons, Sunday school lessons, personal Bible studies, or journals. Teachers can upload their curriculum and students can add their papers, essays and theses. Virtually any work you have on a Word document (.docx) can be integrated into your Logos 4 resources. Did I mention this was free?

How Do You Get the Update?

Logos 4 Users

If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.

Need to Upgrade to Logos 4?

If you are using a previous version of Logos Bible Software and waiting for that perfect time to upgrade to Logos 4, this is it! Not only do you get the newest version of Logos 4 including the Personal Book Builder, you will receive:

  • Up to hundreds of new books for pennies on the dollar
  • 100+ powerful new tools, features, databases, and more
  • Access to your library on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and Biblia.com
  • An interest-free payment plan option for up to twelve monthly payments

Visit our customized upgrader to find out what discounts you qualify for.

New to Logos?

If you have not made the leap to Logos, what are you waiting for? There are a number of enthusiastic users who would love to tell you how much you will benefit from Logos Bible Software. Purchase a base package today and see how Logos 4′s incredible features can dramatically improve your Bible study.

What’s New in Logos 4.3?

Version 4.3 brings a number of important new features—many of which are in direct response to your requests. Here are the major ones:

  • Personal Book Builder
  • Resource Justification and Hyphenation—Full justification of resource text, with hyphenation, can be enabled/disabled in Program Settings. The default setting is Enabled.
  • Exegetical Guide—The default “Parts of Speech” setting in the “Word by Word” section is now “Include only these parts of speech” with only Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives and Adverbs selected.” Other parts of speech will be displayed, but will be grayed out. Clicking on a grayed-out word will generate data and navigate to the result.

There were also some nice little improvements made to resources, notes, searches, sentence diagramming, and syncing.

There are also some new features available for Mac users including updates to notes, keyboard shortcuts, and setup.

Check out “What’s New in Logos 4.3” to see a complete list of the changes.

Leave us a comment and tell us what you plan to add to your Logos 4 library with the Personal Book Builder!

Enter to Win an Android Tablet from Vyrso.com!

In celebration of the Vyrso Android App (beta) available in the Android Market, we’re giving away an Android tablet! If you win, you’ll get your choice of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, HTC Flyer, or Asus Eee Pad Transformer!

One of the easiest ways to earn an entry into the giveaway is to refer Vyrso to your friends.  Simply run through the options for entering into the giveaway (liking the Vyrso website, commenting in our discussion, becoming a Facebook fan, and tweeting about Vyrso) at the end of the giveaway a personal link is assigned to you, when you share this link with your friends (and they click the link) you gain even more entries!  So be sure to share the tablet giveaway and Vyrso with your friends and family!

For weeks, people have been asking—almost pleading—for Vyrso to be available on Android enabled devices.  We would like to invite you to download and experience our new eReader (specifically made for Christian readers) on the Android platform!  Remember, the App is still in beta which means that we are still working out the kinks. We’d love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to leave comments on bugs, crashes, or any other problems on the Android forums.

Vyrso allows you to enter into the worlds created by storytellers like Michael Heiser (The Façade) and Robert Liparulo (House of Dark Shadows). If fiction isn’t your cup of tea, try encouraging nonfiction books like Max Lucado’s Fearless or Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  All of these books—and more—are available for easy download at Vyrso.com. Our goal is to have 25,000 Christian e-books available by the end of the year!

Make sure to stay tuned for more news about the full launch of the Vyrso e-book store and thousands of Christian titles.

If you win, which tablet would you choose and why? Tell us in a comment.

How to Find a Bargain on Logos.com

There are definitely deals to be found on Logos.com. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t miss them.

Bid on Community Pricing Products

We often post on Logos Talk about deals that are available on Community Pricing because they’re some of the greatest bargains you are going to find on Logos.com.  The more people who bid on Community Pricing products, the lower the prices go. We’ve had collections sell for less than $10.

Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 (6 vols.) is a good example of the kinds of bargains you can find on Logos.com. The average bid for this six-volume collection of inspiring sermons, from the likes of John Owen and Richard Baxter, is $30. But it isn’t finished yet. With enough bids, the price can fall even lower!

Take a look at the Community Pricing page and see what’s available.

Check the Pre-Pub Page Often

Pre-Pubs are another way to get more book for your buck.

To justify the cost of developing a resource, we put that resource in Pre-Publication (or Pre-Pub). People vote on the resources they want to see developed by pledging to buy them while they are on Pre-Pub. Once we gather enough sales to pay for the creation of a resource, it moves from Pre-Pub into development.

During the Pre-Pub process, the resources are much cheaper than they will be once they are developed. The resources stay at that Pre-Pub price until they complete the development process. Once the resources are available for download, their price goes up.

It is a good idea to search the Pre-Pub page for the newest listings so that you can see when your favorite books go up. You’ll also want to check by ship date to make sure that you don’t miss out on getting a deal on a product that is about to ship.

Take Advantage of Faceted Browsing

Logos.com allows you to refine your search by a number of criteria. If you search the Products page for theology books sorted by price (lowest to highest), you are going to find all sorts of great deals. In fact, you might even run across some free resources. Try this with various topics and resource types.

Download Our Free Mobile Apps

I would be remiss not to mention Logos’ mobile apps. Both the iPhone app and the Android app (currently in beta) are completely free. With this free app you get over 40 Bibles! When you register or sign in to your free Logos account you get more than 30 additional books—absolutely free.

But that’s not all! You will not believe the Bible study you can do when you combine the iPhone app with a Logos 4 base package. Imagine having all of these features on your mobile device:*

  • Your resource library at your fingertips
  • Text comparison
  • Passage guides
  • Original language translations
  • Original language word studies
  • and much more!

At the low price of completely free, this is a true bargain.

*The Android app is currently in beta and, while it does have some great features, it has not yet reached parity with iPhone app.

Sign Up to Receive Special Email Notifications

Logos is often doing some kind of special promotion or giveaway. Sometimes you might not even know about it if you aren’t receiving our Freebies, Contests, and Giveaways emails.

We also send out Logos NewsWire emails alerting you to special prices and product news.

Receiving these notifications is easy. Sign in to your Logos.com account (or register for free) and click on the notifications tab. Then simply make sure that (A.) the Freebies, Contests, Giveaways and Logos NewsWire boxes are checked, and then (B.) click the update button.

 

Soon you’ll be getting updates on all the special offers available from Logos.

Keep Your Eye on Our Social Media Channels

Most Logos specials are going to be mentioned on one (if not all) of our social media outlets. And occasionally we will have specials that are specific to certain outlets. Don’t miss these events!

You can keep track of what Logos is up to by following us on:

  • Logos Talk: A great way to make sure that you don’t miss any important blog news is to subscribe to the RSS feed. You can have every blog sent to your email inbox or any web-based news readers you follow.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave us a comment and tell us about the best deal you have received from Logos.

3 New Scripture Sharing Plugins from Biblia.com

You want simple and intuitive tools to share Scripture on your blog or webpage, and Logos wants to help. To that end, we have created three new plugins at Biblia.com you can add to your webpage.

Verse of the Day

With the Verse of the Day plugin, visitors to your website or blog will be greeted with a carefully selected verse in the translation of your choice. You will see a unique verse displayed nearly every day for two years. Each verse has been selected by hand and verses are aligned to dozens of major and minor holidays.

You won’t have to worry about how the plugin will fit on your webpage. Verse of the Day is “Medium Rectangle” sized (300×250) making it the standard size of most Internet ads. You can choose it to be displayed as an attractive artist-created graphic or as textual graphic. If you choose the textual display you can also choose from a set palette of colors to match your personal web design.

Visitors can click a button on the plugin to tweet it, share it as a Facebook status, or even email it to someone else who could benefit. Clicking on the verse itself will take them to Biblia.com where they can see the verse in context or even read it alongside a commentary.

Bible Search Box

The Bible Search Box plugin allows visitors to search the Bible for words, topics, or references and see the results instantly in a new window or tab at Biblia.com. You can choose the Bible translation for searches and—if your visitors don’t have access to that translation—the Bible Search Box will complete their search in “Top English Bibles.” If you choose the “Default Version,” Biblia will conduct the search for them in an appropriate translation.

You can choose the smaller (160 x 80) or larger (300 x 135) search box from one of two colors which best suit your site layout.

Bible Search Results

Like the Bible Search Box, the Bible Search Results plugin allows visitors to search the Bible translation of your choice for words, topics, or references. Unlike the Bible Search Box however, the results are delivered instantly to your website via the plugin frame.

A search I did (with the plugin’s default Bible translation) for the word “testimony” returned twenty ESV verses within the frame. Simply pressing “more” took me to Biblia.com for the remainder of my search.

The plugin comes in a couple of colors with a smaller (160 x 200)  or larger (300 x 400) frame size.

All three plugins are easily installed by simply pasting the code into the <body> of your HTML page.

We know that you have created your blog or webpage because you have something valuable you want to communicate. Logos wants to help when it comes to sharing the life-changing truths of Scripture. Head over to Biblia.com/plugins and see which plugin is right for you.

And Don’t Forget Reftagger!

Never again will you have to worry about using too many Bible references in your blog post. Let visitors to your blog or webpage instantly view a Bible passage by hovering their mouse over any biblical reference. It’s easy to install and completely free. You can get all of the installation details by visiting Reftagger.com.

Is there a plugin here that you are excited about? Have a suggestion for a future Biblia.com plugin? Leave us a comment and let us know!