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Tip from CS: Successful Unlocks—Every Time

It’s 2:00 AM, and you can’t sleep. You decide to browse the Logos website for books to buy. And you find the perfect book that you’d like to read right away before the need to sleep takes over.

So you add the downloadable book to your cart and purchase it. The only thing that stands between you and reading your new book is clicking the orange “Download and Unlock” button. Then you get a screen that says, “You have received an unlocking error. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-875-6467 for further help.” The only problem is that the Logos Customer Service team doesn’t open until 6AM (PST). Alas, you return to be restless, forced to wait until the morning to dig into your new book.

This sad scenario can be avoided by making sure that your Libronix Customer ID has been entered in your web account prior to making an order.

Once you sign in to your web account, you will see a screen that includes your shipping and billing information. Below that, there is a section titled “Confirm Libronix Customer ID.”

If this is blank (or has the wrong information in it), you will not be able to purchase any downloadable resources and you will get the infamous “unlocking error.”

So what goes in this box? How do you find your Customer ID? Your Libronix Customer ID is usually either the email address you used when you first installed Libronix or, if you didn’t enter one, an automatically created ID like LBXUSER948372.

Many customers put their current email address in as their Customer ID, but this may not be correct. To be sure, you should check in Libronix. Open Libronix and go to Help > About Libronix DLS.

After you’ve identified your Customer ID—in my case demo@libronix.com —make sure to enter it into your web account and click “Confirm.” Now you will be able to successfully purchase and unlock books at Logos.com—even in the early hours of the morning when you can’t sleep!

One more tip for Vista users: when you download a book file, it is usually best to save it to your desktop and then manually drag it to your Resources folder: C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources. If you’re using the 64-bit version of Vista, the correct location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Libronix DLS\Resources.

Happy unlocking—and reading!

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea?

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

During this time of year when we invest in Santa figurines, Christmas trees, and silly socks that light up and sing songs, why not spend a little money on an eternal investment?­ Bible study.

Bible Study Magazine—1-Year 1-Copy SubscriptionLooking for a last minute Christmas gift? Give the gift of Bible study by buying a year-long subscription to Bible Study Magazine for a friend or family member—and do it for almost 50% off the cover price.

Giving thought to resolutions for the new year? How about doing more Bible study? I am not talking about just reading the Bible, but really studying it. Maybe you want to study the Bible more, but are just not sure where to begin. With Bible Study Magazine you get a reliable guide in an easy-to-use and entertaining format.

Do you, your spouse, or some of your friends want to start a Bible study next year, but are still trying to decide on a curriculum? Well, just pick up Bible Study Magazine and go through our study “Facing Today with the Book of Hebrews.” You can even get a bulk pack together and save even more money. In each issue, you get eight weeks of study questions and prompts. The beauty of this study is that you don’t need a trained Bible study leader to go through it. You just meet together with the magazine and an open Bible, and you are ready to go.

I have recently been going through this study with a group on Monday nights and have realized (yet again) just what an amazing experience it is to do in-depth Bible study with others. The amount I have learned from the other people in our group is astounding (and I wrote the study).

Then there is all the other great content that is packed into each issue from leading names in the church and biblical scholarship. All of this makes Bible Study Magazine the perfect gift for any Christian.

Update to Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar

Thanks to an email sent to suggest@logos.com from a Hebrew professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, we’ve made a nice update to Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar that will make it more useful when referencing and looking up his detailed section and subsection organization.

If you’re familiar with Gesenius, you’ll recognize a reference like GKC §19.b. In our original digital edition, we included all of the these sections and subsections as milestones, enabling you to navigate to a location like this by simply setting the Active Index to “Hebrew Grammar (Gesenius, Kautzsch, and Cowley)” and typing it in the box at the top of the resource. As you would scroll through the resource, the index would update letting you know when one section ended and another began.

As a general rule, it was fairly reliable, but there were some places where those divisions were a little difficult to be sure about, making it necessary at times to consult the print edition. That’s no good. Our resources are supposed to make things more convenient and save you time. So we rebuilt the resource with the subsection letters added prominently in the left making it easy to see the divisions.

In addition to this improvement, we also fixed all the typos that had been reported (thanks for sending them!) and added links to some new data types that weren’t around when the grammar was first produced, most notably the Semitic Inscriptions data type.

The new file is now on our FTP site and is free to all existing owners. Be sure to grab it. You can download it manually and drop it in your resources folder (C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources), or just run the resource auto update script.

If you don’t already own it, there are several ways you can pick up this standard Hebrew grammar.

Thanks for your suggestions and feedback. We aren’t always able to reply, but we do read them all and implement many of them. Who knows? Your suggestion may be the next one we put into place, benefitting not only you, but potentially many thousands of other users. So keep ‘em coming, and keep sending those typo reports as well!

Adding Free Books to Pre-Pub Collections

Oftentimes we’ll get a newly licensed book that would be a perfect fit in a collection that’s already up on Pre-Pub. What we end up doing most of the time is sneaking that book into a collection and giving you more content at no additional charge. Every once in a while we’ll say something about it, but usually we do it without even telling you.

We usually have to raise the price after we add the new volume to cover the additional costs, but the good news is that those of you who already placed your pre-order are locked in at the lowest possible price.

We’ve done this several times recently, so I thought I’d call attention to them.

  1. Holman Reference Collection (13 Vols.), which contains the award-winning Apologetics Study Bible, added two new books: 131 Christians Everyone Should Know and Harmony of the Gospels.
  2. Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection (17 Vols.) picked up Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics.
  3. The Moody Counseling Collection (11 Vols.) now has A Gift from God: Foundational Principles of Biblical Parenting.
  4. Face2face Collection (7 Vols.) got Elisha: Encountering the Messenger of Salvation.

What’s the moral of the story? We do our best to reward those of you who faithfully order Pre-Pubs—and do so early.

If you don’t want to miss out on little bonuses like these, make sure you’re subscribed to our Pre-Pub RSS feed. This is just one of the several reasons it’s a good idea to pre-order early.

Update: Two more collections just got new books!

  1. A. T. Robertson Collection (15 Vols.) added Preaching and Scholarship, the inaugural lecture given at Southern Baptist Seminary in 1890.
  2. Kress Biblical Studies Collection (8 Vols.) picked up Richard L. Mayhue’s The Biblical Pattern for Divine Healing and Snatched Before the Storm: A Case for Pretribulationism.

Christmas Specials from Logos

As you know by now, we’ve been devoting a lot of time recently to Logos Bible Software for Mac. We started shipping on Friday afternoon, and we’re still busily filling orders. Since this is big—and much anticipated—news, we’re making it the focus of this year’s Christmas special. Save 25% when you purchase any of our five Mac base packages. We’ve also extended our promo on the Mac engine through the month of December, so you can still pick it up at no additional cost with a qualifying purchase of $250!

Don’t worry, Windows users. We haven’t forgotten about you. We’re also discounting our top-five Windows base packages.

If you’ve been saving up, now’s your chance to pick one up at a nice discount. If you don’t have enough saved up yet, you can always add it to your wish list or stop back in after Christmas. Prices are good through the end of the year.

Click the image below or visit www.logos.com/christmas08 and use coupon code Christmas08.

Logos Bible Software 2008 Christmas Specials

While not technically a Christmas special, the sale on the Word Biblical Commentary is also good through the end of the year and would make a nice gift for pastors, students, and scholars alike.

Update: For those of you who already own a base package, we’re also offering 25% off on base package upgrades. Now’s the perfect chance to upgrade to Gold at a nice discount!

The Answer to Your Question Is “Now”!

Logos Bible Software for Mac is now shipping!

What’s on Your Logos Wish List?

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about two ways that you can create a Logos wish list using Google or Kaboodle. I recommended the Kaboodle method because of its ease of use with the integrated Firefox and IE plugins and its additional features.

Since that post, Logos user T. C. Black has written about a third way to create a Logos wish list using Amazon. Amazon has always had a nice wish list feature, but it was limited to items you could buy at their site. A few months ago they added a universal wish list feature that allows you to add items from other sites like Logos.com with a simple JavaScript bookmarklet.

It’s very easy to use and is perfect for those who already keep track of other wish list items at Amazon.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Log in to your Amazon.com account, or create one if you don’t already have one.
  2. Create a new wish list, click “Edit list information” in the left sidebar to give it a name like “Christmas Wish List,” and then click “Make this list my default list” (applies only if this is not your first list).
  3. Drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks.
  4. Navigate to a product page at Logos.com, like the John Piper Collection (24 Vols.).
  5. Click the boomarklet and fill out the information in the box that pops up.*
  6. Keep shopping and add as many other items as you want.
  7. Once you’re done, visit your wish list to make sure that all the settings are as they should be (e.g., is it public or private) and to share your list with others.

Here’s a sample Christmas wish list that I whipped up.

Create your own, and post a link to your wish list in the comments.

*One thing you might want to do in the notes section is specify whether you want the CD-ROM or the download, if applicable. If you want the download, be sure to provide your Libronix Customer ID in the comments as well. The individual buying for you can enter your Customer ID in the final stages of the checkout process. The only downside to going the download route is that you will receive a notification immediately when the order is placed. So if you want it to be a surprise, choose the CD-ROM option.

Family Fun with Logos

When I travel, I almost always take my laptop with me. Being able to read and study the Bible and Christian literature without having to pack print books is perfect for flying, especially now that many airlines charge extra for your luggage. I’ve heard that some airlines have even considered charging by weight.

But Logos is more than just a Bible study tool. It’s great for fun and games too. I’m sure most of you are aware of the Word Find. You can find it under Tools > Bible Puzzles > Word Find. I’ve used it on a couple of occasions while traveling. It’s not just for kids.

During my last trip to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with my wife’s family, I found a couple of new uses for Logos when we were playing games around the kitchen table.

First, I was introduced to a word game called Boggle. The goal is in three minutes to come up with as many words as you can that no one else comes up with—the longer the word the better. As you can imagine, you often have to come up with words that are uncommon. This sometimes involves a bit of guessing, which in turns requires that a dictionary be handy.

I pulled up Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which comes in most of our base packages, and the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, linked them together, and had fun looking up and learning many new words.

My brother-in-law tried to use a traditional paper dictionary, but I don’t think he even got to the right section of the dictionary before I had looked the word up in two dictionaries. I highly recommend using Logos the next time you need a dictionary for family game time. Less waiting and more time having fun.

Second, another game we played with Logos was one I made up myself. I would read a random verse of Scripture after performing a Bible Speed Search, and the first person to guess the book it was found in would get a point. (You get only one guess until everyone has guessed.) If you could guess the full reference, you’d get a bonus point. This one was a lot of fun, but a little lopsided since my oldest brother-in-law is a pastor and was winning most of them.

These are just a couple of examples that illustrate how Logos is more than just a Bible study tool and can be a great addition to family game time.

How about you? What creative ways have you found to use Logos for more than just Bible study?

Black Friday

parkinglot.jpgLast year was the first time I ever went shopping on Black Friday… it was also likely my last.
Now, I understand that for some people, Black Friday is a tradition. Sure, there are some really good deals out there, but for me, I’d much rather just hop online, price compare in my PJs, and have my products delivered to my door. But, if you’re into getting up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a deal, that’s fine with me. I’ll be sleeping.
For those of you scouring the internet today for deals, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you of a couple specials we have going on here at Logos.com.
Word Biblical Commentary Series – Retail $1,199.99 sale price $599.95 (save 50%)
Individual Volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary Series – Retail $49.99 sale price $24.99 (use code WBC) (save 50%)
Advanced Greek Supplement – Retail $411.86 sale price $299.95 (save 27%)
Advanced Hebrew Supplement – Retail $415.89 sale price $259.95 (save 37%)
Original Languages Supplement – Retail $725.33 sale price $514.95 (save 25%)
Ancient Near Eastern Bundle – Retail $1446.80 sale price $693.95 (save 52%)
Hebrew Bible Bundle – Retail $2578.00 sale price $974.95 (save 62%)
Early Judaism Bundle – Retail $2267.59 sale price $524.95 (save 77%)
New Testament Studies Bundle – Retail $5741.40 sale price $1199.95 (save 79%)
Early Church Bundle – Retail $1273.44 sale price $549.95 (save 57%)
Protestant Theology Bundle – Retail $1843.64 sale price $845.95 (save 54%)
Christian Apologetics Bundle – Retail $1437.36 sale price $429.95 (save 70%)
Theological Reference Bundle – Retail $664.87 sale price $359.95 (save 46%)
Scholar’s Reference Bundle – Retail $5480.51 sale price $2389.95 (save 56%).
All pre-orders of a Logos for Mac Base Package are 25% off!
Free Logos for Mac Engine for crossgrade when you spend $250.
And don’t forget all the great deals on pre-pub!

Free Bible Study Magazine – Review Copy

So, you haven’t checked out Bible Study Magazine yet? Well, here’s your chance. For a limited time, we are giving away a free review copy of Bible Study Magazine.
In order to receive your copy, all you have to do is agree to write a review of the magazine anywhere you can, in a church bulletin, ministry newsletter, blog, website, forum, or any other place that you have the opportunity to communicate with people.
So, if you’d like a free review copy, send an email to rburns@logos.com with Bible Study Magazine Review Copy Request as the subject. Also, be sure to include your mailing address so I know where to send it!
Review FAQs:
Do I have to be a blogger or journalist to get a review copy?
No. If you have any outlet for sharing a review, then we’ll send you a copy. So, if you have a newsletter, church bulletin, email list, blog, website, skywriting service, or any other way to communicate with people, then you qualify.
How long does my review have to be?
Length is up to you. Obviously, if you’re putting something in a church bulletin, then you’re not going to have room for a full-out review. In that case, an adequate review might sound something like, “There is a great new magazine you should check out. Bible Study Magazine is an excellent resource to aid in your Bible study. More info can be found at www.BibleStudyMagazine.com.” If you’re a blogger, you have more room to review, so feel free to make your review as long as it needs to be.
Do I have to send you a copy of my review?
Short answer, no. However, we would love to see what you thought of the magazine. If you post your review online, drop me an email or post a comment with a link below so we can check it out. If your review appears in print, you’re free to mail a copy to us. Skywriters, please send pictures!
Logos Bible Software
1313 Commercial St.
Bellingham WA 98225-4307
USA.
*Due to international shipping cost, we have to limit our reviewers to only those in the US. Sincere apologies to our international blog readers.
[Update: Review requests related to this post are no longer being accepted at this time.]