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What Makes Logos Books So Special?

Not all digital books are created equal. I regularly interact with people who have never used Logos Bible Software, and one of the most common things I hear goes something like this: “I already have ________ as PDFs. Why would I want to get the Logos version?”

I go on to explain all of the things that you can do with Logos resources that you can’t do with PDFs, and people get interested. Once they try it for themselves, they are blown away. One professor recently responded this way, “I can’t believe how fantastic this is in Logos—far superior to PDFs.”

One of the things that makes Logos resources so useful is all of the tagging behind the text. We put together a video recently that talks about the various kinds of links in our digital books. What is a red link, and how does it differ from a blue link? Did you know that just about every word is a link? Find out more in the video below.

For more videos, visit www.logos.com/videos or www.macbiblesoftware.com/videos.

40 Free Copies of Randy Alcorn’s Heaven, and More!

The May–June issue of Bible Study Magazine features a cover story about Randy Alcorn and how Bible study influences his everyday life as an author, speaker, and husband, so we’ve teamed up with Eternal Perspective Ministries to give away 40 signed copies of his excellent book Heaven.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library.

There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.

Complete any or all of the following by May 31, 2009 to enter:

  1. Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
  2. Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/alcorn letting people know about the giveaway. In June, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
  3. Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
  4. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and May 31, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

7 New Calvin Collections and Calvin500.com

Logos CollectionsThis year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Protestant Reformer John Calvin. For several years we have had Calvin’s Commentaries and Institutes available, but there is a large portion of Calvin’s writings that we don’t yet have (e.g., his collected writings in Latin span 59 dense volumes!). So we decided that 2009 was the perfect time to work on digitizing as much of Calvin’s corpus as possible—and to update our existing Calvin material.

Seven New Calvin Collections

We are excited to make available for pre-order seven new Calvin collections:

The Calvin 500 Collection contains all of the volumes from the other six collections and is an unbelievable value. It offers an additional 50% off the cumulative Pre-Pub prices for the individual collections—which themselves are already priced very low! It’s 97 volumes, nearly 40,000 pages (!), and currently just $299.95. That makes this the lowest priced Pre-Pub (in terms of price per page) that we have ever offered! In short, this is an amazing deal that you won’t want to pass up.

If you already own our earlier editions of Calvin’s Commentaries and Institutes, don’t worry. There’s an upgrade collection available that offers you an even lower price based on what you already own—and you’ll get all of the newly updated content at no additional charge.

Calvin’s Sermons

What about Calvin’s sermons? Most of Calvin’s extant sermons were translated into English in the late 1500s, but 16th-century English uses different spelling, and the majority of these volumes haven’t been updated to modern English spelling. We’re in the process of evaluating our options for a Calvin Sermons Collection and hope to be able to put it on Pre-Pub in the near future.

Additional Titles

The literature by and about Calvin is as massive as the great Reformer’s influence has been. It’s possible that we missed important books in our research, so we may add additional volumes to many of these collections over the next few months. That means the prices will probably have to go up to cover the additional production costs, so you’ll definitely want to pre-order early to lock in the lowest price! If you pre-order now, any additional volumes that we add to these collections will essentially be free!

Calvin500.com

In conjunction with the release of these new collections, we’ve also just launched a brand new website: Calvin500.com. We’ve done a fair bit of research on Calvin, so we thought we’d share it with you. You’ll find information about Calvin, bibliographies of Calvin’s works and literature on Calvin, a list of all Calvin 500 conferences, a page that tracks all Twitter mentions of John Calvin, and some fun stuff like a Calvin quiz and a couple of birthday countdown widgets. There’s also a blog where we will post news and announcements. Be sure to subscribe to the Calvin 500 feed to stay in the loop.

Blogging at Conferences

By the way, if you’re planning to attend any of the Calvin conferences this year and would like to blog the conference at Calvin500.com—or even if you blog about them on your own blog—let us know. We’d love to feature you on our site.

Go check out the new site and collections, and help us spread the word by blogging about it or mentioning it on Facebook, Twitter, and the other social networking sites you frequent.

R. C. Sproul Digital Library Gets Updated to Libronix

R. C. Sproul Digital LibraryOne of the last remaining products to be updated from the old Logos Library System (LLS) format to the Libronix Digital Library System (LDLS) format is the R. C. Sproul Digital Library. This is especially good news to all of our Mac users, since Logos for Mac reads only the newer Libronix files.

The collection includes the following 20 updated titles:

(Right-click on any of the above titles to save the file to your computer.)

If you already own the R. C. Sproul Digital Library, you can download all of these new books for free. If you are using Logos on a Windows machine, just run the resource auto-update script. If you are using Logos for Mac, download the files to your resources folder (i.e., Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume) and restart Logos for Mac.

Once you’ve downloaded the new files, you can safely delete the old files. In Windows you can do this by running the Delete Duplicate Resources tool (for more advanced users), or you can just manually locate and delete the files from your resources folder (i.e., C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources). The file names are the same as the new ones, but the extensions are .LSF and .LIX rather than .lbxlls.

There are several other R. C. Sproul titles that are not included in the R. C. Sproul Digital Library:

Each of these is available for individual purchase and will work on both the Windows and Mac versions of Logos.

Resources on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Easter weekend is my favorite time of the year because it provides an occasion for focused reflection on the historical events that are at the heart of the gospel and the Christian faith—the death and resurrection of Jesus by the Father through the Spirit (cf. Rom 8:11).

Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 describes these events as being of “first importance”:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

Notice that it is the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus in which we as Christians stand (and apart from which we fall) and by which we continue to be saved as we hold fast to these central truths.

This weekend as you take some extra time to read through the Gospel accounts (perhaps using the Parallel Passages and Harmonies tool) and mediate on other portions of Scripture relating to the death and resurrection of Jesus, you may have some time to read some reflections by others. If you’re looking for reading material, here is a list of some of the books available for Logos that may provide you with some fruitful mediation:

There are a handful of other titles on Pre-Pub right now that deal with these important events. But these will have to wait for a future Easter weekend’s reading.

Finally, we just put Robert Candlish’s classic exposition of 1 Corinthians 15, Life in a Risen Saviour, on Community Pricing. This gem is well worth picking up—especially at the $5 price tag that it will probably go for.

You Can’t Judge a Book Collection by Its Cover


Have you ever heard the ads for mattress stores where they say, “If you’re not picky about color™, you can get a great deal on a bed?” They mix and match mattresses and box springs of different colors and remind you that the moment you get them home, you are going to throw sheets and covers on the bed and never see the individual colors again.

Much like mattresses, once you load a new Logos Bible Software collection onto your computer, you may never see the “colors” again. The packaging often goes straight into the trash or onto the shelf, and the books inside go straight into your electronic library. As you build your library, the packaging that each book came in is long forgotten.

…so if you’re not too picky about packaging, you can get some great deals on books! How about over $1,000.00 worth of content for less than $50 bucks?

Forget the cover, forget the packaging, and look at what’s inside. This deal is almost too good to be true. Take a look for yourself at the amazing titles included for just $50.00, and you will be blown away. But don’t look too long—the product has been discontinued, and we only have a limited supply left!

$1,000.00 worth of content for less than $50.

Logos March Madness Champion

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The Champ Is Crowned
From the start of the final round it was clear that Schaeffer was going to be the run-away winner of the 2009 Logos March Madness tournament. Having made it through a field of 64 titles, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer is now available at 75% off using the code MMCHAMP at checkout.

Runner-Up
While it isn’t the champ, The Existence and Attributes of God performed well in every round of the competition and, as runner up, is now available for 50% off using the code MMTWO at checkout.

Everyone Is a Winner!
During the course of the Logos March Madness tournament, we have received numerous emails and comments from people who found out about the contest after it started or forgot to check the site and missed out on one of the many spectacular deals we offered. After some consideration, we decided to give everyone one last chance to reap the benefits of our first Logos March Madness tourney. That said, we have re-opened ALL the discount codes used during the tournament. All discount codes are good between now and midnight (PST) April 12th. Below is a list of all the titles and their discount codes.

Important Purchasing Note:
The Logos checkout system can only accommodate one discount code per purchase. So, if you want to buy titles that have different discount codes, you will need to make them as separate purchases.

Winner—Code MMCHAMP
Retail
75% Off
Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, The (22 Titles in 5 Vols.)
$125.00
$31.25
Runner-up—Code MMTWO
Retail
50% Off
Existence and Attributes of God, The
$39.95
$19.98
Final Four—Code MMFF
Retail
45% Off
Prophecy of Isaiah, The
$29.95
$16.47
Life and Work of St. Paul, The
$34.95
$19.22
Elite Eight—Code MME8
Retail
40% Off
Cross and Salvation, The: The Doctrine of Salvation
$30.00
$18.00
Difficult Doctrines of the Love of God, The
$14.99
$8.99
Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate
$22.00
$13.20
Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament
$29.95
$17.97
Sweet 16—Code MMR3
Retail
35% Off
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
$39.95
$25.97
Historical Theology
$59.95
$38.97
Holiness of God, The
$9.95
$6.47
Rediscovering Expository Preaching
$19.95
$12.97
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing
$34.99
$22.74
Vitality of Worship, The: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms
$40.00
$26.00
Interpreting the Pauline Epistles
$18.99
$12.34
Studies in the New Testament
$29.95
$19.47
Round 2—Code MMR2
Retail
30% off
Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, The, Rev. ed.
$17.95
$12.57
Introduction to Systematic Theology, An
$24.95
$17.47
No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God
$40.00
$28.00
Systematic Theology
$34.95
$24.47
Desiring God
$14.95
$10.47
Future Grace
$14.95
$10.47
Pursuit of Holiness, The
$11.00
$7.70
Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer’s Thought, The
$44.95
$31.47
Creation and Blessing
$45.00
$31.50
Exodus, New American Commentary
$32.99
$23.09
Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, An
$29.95
$20.97
Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, An
$29.95
$20.97
Light from the Ancient East
$49.95
$34.97
Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary
$34.99
$24.49
Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze, The
$34.95
$24.47
Wycliffe Bible Commentary New Testament, The
$29.95
$20.97
Round 1—Code MMR1
Retail
25% off
Calvin and the Reformation: Four Studies
$29.95
$22.46
Concise Theology
$14.95
$11.21
Great Poets and Their Theology, The
$42.95
$32.21
Handmaid to Theology: An Essay in Philosophical Prolegomena
$31.95
$23.96
Historic Creeds and Confessions
$9.95
$7.46
Institutes of the Christian Religion
$34.95
$26.21
Moody Handbook of Theology, The
$29.95
$22.46
Philosophy of Revelation, The
$30.00
$22.50
Confessions of Saint Augustine, The
$9.95
$7.46
Defense of the Faith , The
$14.95
$11.21
Holiness by Grace
$14.95
$11.21
Life of Christ
$49.00
$36.75
Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, A
$9.95
$7.46
True Spirituality
$10.99
$8.24
Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
$14.00
$10.50
Using Illustrations to Preach with Power
$14.99
$11.24
Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory
$39.99
$29.99
Exploring the Old Testament
$9.95
$7.46
Genesis Record, The
$40.99
$30.74
Introducing the Old Testament
$24.95
$18.71
Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books, An
$29.95
$22.46
Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books, An
$29.95
$22.46
Isaiah: God Saves Sinners
$27.99
$20.99
Wycliffe Bible Commentary Old Testament, The
$39.95
$29.96
Analytical Handbook of the Greek Text of the Letter to the Philippians
$24.99
$18.74
Apostles’ Creed, The: Its Relation to Primitive Christianity
$24.92
$18.69
Assurance of Our Salvation, The
$25.00
$18.75
Earlier Epistles of St. Paul, The
$30.00
$22.50
Humiliation of Christ, The
$20.00
$15.00
Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul, The
$19.95
$14.96
St. Paul and Justification
$34.95
$26.21
St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
$19.95
$14.96

Logos March Madness Championship Game

After five rounds of competition with almost 40,000 votes cast, we’re down to the championship game of the 2009 Logos March Madness book tournament. There have been some close-fought battles and surprising upsets along the way.

Who will rise to the top and become the Logos March Madness champion?

The final match is between The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer by philosopher and apologist Francis Schaeffer and The Existence and Attributes of God by Puritan Stephen Charnock. The winner will be awarded a 75% discount, and the loser a 50% discount.

Voting begins today and runs through Sunday night, at which time the champion will be decided. You will then have until the following Sunday night (April 12) to take advantage of the discounts. Head on over and place your vote now for your favorite title!

By the way, the two titles that got knocked out in the Final 4 round are currently available at 45% off using coupon code MMFF. The code is good through Sunday night (April 5).

22 Pre-Pubs Needing a Push

It’s time for another plug for the Pre-Pubs that are right on the brink of moving into production but need just a handful of additional pre-orders. Now that our Electronic Text Development team has finished up the Anchor Yale Bible, they’re ready to get going on some other projects.

Take a look at the products listed below, or—if you have a little more time—scroll through the Pre-Pub page and take note of the ones that are getting close to 100%.

Whether it’s commentaries, theology, biblical studies, or practical issues that you are interested in, there are plenty of titles and collections to choose from.

Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.)If you’re looking to beef up the commentaries section of your digital library, look no further. These seven collections offer a wide range of perspectives at some great prices:

Do you enjoying studying Reformed theology? Have a look at these four products featuring the writings of A. A. Hodge, George Smeaton, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne, and William G. T. Shedd:

Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection (17 Vols.)Are biblical studies more your thing? Check out these titles:

If books dealing with the practical side of the Christian faith are what you’re looking for, we have several books and collections that might be a good fit:

Can’t decide or just want a bit of everything? Consider the Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 Vols.).

March Madness—Save 35%

The Sweet 16 round of Logos March Madness has closed, and we now have 8 titles (listed below) eligible for a 35% discount using the code MMR3. This code will expire on March 28th, so grab these books now.

Voting is currently open for the Elite 8 round. Remember, the further a title advances, the greater the discount. Head over now and vote for your favorite titles.The grand champion of Logos March Madness will be offered at 75% off retail!

Title Retail
35% Off
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology $39.95
$25.97
Historical Theology $59.95
$38.97
Holiness of God, The $9.95
$6.47
Rediscovering Expository Preaching $19.95
$12.97
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing $34.99
$22.74
Vitality of Worship, The: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms $40.00
$26.00
Interpreting the Pauline Epistles $18.99
$12.34
Studies in the New Testament $29.95
$19.47