Reflections on Logos Books and Print Books After Moving

My recent move across the country has given me occasion to reflect again on some of the reasons that I strongly prefer Logos books to print books. On many occasions over the last several weeks, I have had feelings of strong dislike toward print books—like when I was

  • spending hours and hours looking for boxes
  • spending even more hours packing those boxes (packing books properly takes a lot of time)
  • moving those heavy boxes around the house to get them out of the way
  • calculating how much it was going to cost to move them 2,900 miles
  • loading the truck to move out here (though I was glad to have the help of several friends, who were, by the way, not very fond of my print books either!)
  • unloading all of those boxes (without the help of my friends!) up to our second floor condo
  • spending hundreds of dollars on seven new bookshelves
  • spending hours putting those bookshelves together.

My hard feelings toward print books linger, as I

  • continue unpacking all 40 of those boxes
  • anticipate organizing and shelving all 1500 or so of those books
  • think of ever moving them again
  • reflect on how all of my books in my Libronix library were so easy to pack up, move, and unpack; how much money they saved me; and how easy and efficient they are to organize and use!

I guess I can be thankful that the other 3,500+ books in my library are Logos books rather than print books!

This move has just further confirmed for me what I was already convinced of: the incredible value and superiority of my Libronix library to my print library. The way I look at it, print books are something I must have and continue to use only until Logos releases them. I’m thrilled that Logos is doing so at an ever increasing rate—now with more than 8,000 resources available!

I’ve only scratched the surface of the superiority of Logos books to print books. For more, see these previous posts:


  1. I’m currently trying to figure out whether to get Logos or Bible Works. I primarily need the software for exegesis (I’ve been told that Bible Works is better for this … is that true?), but the idea of having an electronic library is highly attractive to me. I was warned, however, of the fact that the library will always be dependent on an operating system. In other words, I could find myself with an e-library but not be able to use it. How serious is that danger?

  2. I’m here to help! The next time you don’t feel like moving a box of books, mail it to me (media rate of course). I’ll gladly pay the shipping. Don’t get me wrong–I absolutely LOVE my Logos library, but super-efficient searches and research will never take the place of truly READING a book (highlighting, underlining, note-taking and dog-earing included). My electronic library is a great tool for me to use. The volumes of good and great books on my shelves are more time consuming to use–but they’re far more apt to move and mold me. So, keep me in mind the next time you’re ready to move–I’ll be ready to build more shelves!
    (From a retired Airman who has moved more times than most folks care to count.)

  3. Thanks for the comment, Phil. It used to be broadly recommended to get BibleWorks for exegesis and Logos for commentaries, theology, etc. However, Logos is now an incredibly powerful tool for exegesis, offering numerous unique features. Logos has syntax databases, which have opened a whole new world of exegetical possibilities.
    It is true that the future usability of a Logos library is dependent on compatibility with future operating systems. But this is no serious concern at all. Logos has supported every version of Windows so far and intends to continue to do so. Logos books purchased over a decade ago still work today on even Windows Vista Ultimate x64. Logos guarantees that you will never have to repurchase any of your books–a promise, as far as I am aware, made only by Logos. The only real concern would be if Logos went out of business, but that seems incredibly unlikely as Logos is growing at a very steady rate. In short, I find all of the warnings against building a Logos library to be very unpersuasive, and I have no regrets about selling nearly every volume from my print library once it is released in Logos format.

  4. I’ll be sure to keep you in mind, Jim! :) But I don’t think I’m quite ready to start giving them away boxes at a time. It’s not that I don’t value print books. I do, or else I wouldn’t pay for them in the first place. It’s just that I value Logos books more.
    You may or may not be aware that I can do all of those exact same things with my Logos books (i.e., highlighting, underlining, note taking), with the exception of dog earing, which I would never do to a print book anyway! (That’s what bookmarks are for. :))
    I realize that it does take some adjusting to prefer reading a book on a screen to on paper, but a nice monitor and a comfortable chair goes a long way.

  5. Phil,
    My problem is that I’m greedy–I want copies of all books in each medium! That’s why both my bookshelf space and my harddrive space continue to shrink (inversely proportional to my credit limit). BTW–dog earing is reserved exclusively for paperbacks and bad eschatalogical novels….
    On another somewhat related subject–you mentioned Dan Phillips review on the “Pyromaniacs” blog. He linked to “Truth Is Still Truth” which contains a large amount of PBBs. While I’m sure you can’t endorse someone else’s files, are they legal? I downloaded them but will immediately delete them if they violate copyright or intellectual properties laws. Also, is it possible to create my own PBBs?
    Note to Phil Sumpter:
    Get Logos. I’ve owned the software for close to 10 years. If I remember correctly, that’s been at least 2 major software upgrades. Oh yeah, don’t forget 3 OS upgrades that have left a trail of software carnage for many of my other programs. I have not experienced any problems, glitches or even so much as a technological hiccup–except for the time I turned it on and all my Logos windows were scrunched up to the top of the screen. It turned out, it was a problem that occured because of Windows IE 7. I went to the Logos website and the patch to fix the problem was there. I wish everything provided immediate compatibility solutions like Logos! So, once again, get Logos–you won’t be disappointed.

  6. I agree that ideally, one would have the print and Logos version of many of his books. But if you force me to choose, Logos will win every time. Thanks for the clarification about dog earing. That makes me feel better. :)
    PBBs are free and legal to use, but you must have the PBB reading key. The reading key is free and is available only to users who own one of the seven boxed products (e.g., Scholar’s Library, Bible Study Library, etc.) Yes. You can create your own PBBs. More information is available at and
    Well said, Jim. It’s great to hear it from a customer who’s been with Logos for as long as you have.

  7. Greg Masone says

    Good post Phil, and I sympathize with the work you put into moving! I just moved cross country and had to ship about ten boxes of books myself.
    Being an owner of Logos, I’m still not convinced that it’s the “end all, be all” of print books. While it’s a great resource to have for commentaries and reference books, etc., it still cannot compare with the simple ease of picking up a book, browsing it’s pages, and choosing a nice comfortable spot to read it at. That’s what makes print books so great! All you need is the book itself, nothing extra to deal with.
    Sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen reading a book (like a webpage no less!) isn’t the same. Nor is reading it on a laptop when you have to deal with a cord or battery life, plus the bulk and heat generated by it. I tried that method already.
    Call me old fashioned, but part of the enjoyment in owning a work by a certain author comes from the actual experience of reading it! If the reading experience isn’t fun, than the whole experience is tarnished.
    Logos, I think, will be the most useful when it is the ideal method for both research, and casual reading. It excels at the former, though the latter is still lacking considerably.
    E-book readers are on the right track. Make the screen a tad bigger, say 8-9 inches, with a way to install Logos (or just a Logos Reader) on it, and I’m pretty much sold right there.
    Electronic books will finally replace print books only when they can do everything a print book can already do.

  8. The highlight function of an e-book should surpass that of a print book, right? That will only happen when you can print the highlight.

  9. A company named O’Reilly is one of the major publishers for computer programming languages. When you purchase one of their print books you have the ability to download it as well at a substantially reduced cost than if you hadn’t purchased a print version.
    Does anyone know if the major Christian publishers are picking up on this yet? A few extra dollars to get a book in both mediums seems worth it.

  10. There are a couple of publishers who are bundling the Libronix CD with the print book. Fortress is probably the best example of this: The problem with the Fortress model is that it doesn’t allow those who want only the print book or the digital book to get it by itself.