Coming Soon: New Logos Books You Love—Way Faster

Buying a book in Logos isn’t just buying a book. It’s not even buying a “smart book.” It’s buying a supercharged book that links up to everything your Logos can do—like pull up a treasure trove of information using the Passage Guide in just a second or two. (For example, all your related commentaries or everywhere a topic is mentioned in your Logos library.)

That’s possible because of what’s called “tagging.” What does that even mean? Our team of specialists evaluates each Logos book and tags it by hand for things like:

  • Topics covered
  • Biblical people
  • Biblical events 
  • Citations
  • Morphology information
  • Theological ideas explored
  • Bibliographic information
  • A whole lot more

So that means when you come across “Samaritan” in John 4 of a commentary, you can double-click it to open your favorite Bible dictionary or encyclopedia. Or right-click it, and Logos can search your entire library and pull up everything from word studies to preaching resources faster than you can fill your coffee cup. Definitely faster than you can boil water.

That means you can skip busywork that looks like this: walking to a shelf, grabbing a book, skimming the index, finding your passage or topic, reading a few pages, realizing it’s not what you need, grabbing another book . . . and repeating the process 5 or 10 or 50 times.

Here’s a simple illustration of the power of Logos books:

Pretty great, isn’t it? Because of what you can do in your Logos, discoveries don’t sit on your shelves, hidden in plain sight.

But . . . (Don’t worry, this is a good “but.”)

You don’t need that kind of functionality for every single book ever. Some books are just meant to be read. They’re not academic, tying into lexicons and Bible dictionaries and biblical archaeology and page after page of outside references.

They’re “just” great books. And soon, you’ll be getting them faster on Logos—the same day the print version releases. How’s that happening? We’re creating what we call “Reader Editions” featuring the kind of simple tagging that makes reading easier (like Bible references). 

And not only can you snap up Reader Editions faster, there’s sometimes an added bonus: some Reader Editions will cost less because it takes less manpower to get them ready for you.

  • So for the Logos books that benefit from exhaustive hand tagging, you’ll still get powerful Logos Research Editions that link your entire library and your tools together, enabling in-depth academic and pastoral study without wasted time. 
  • And for Logos books meant to be read cover to cover, you’ll see them in Reader Editions, coming soon. 

Between Research Editions and Reader Editions, you’ll get the best balance of cost, convenience, and functionality. Find out more about what you can do with Logos Editions

If you don’t yet have a Logos 8 package—which saves you around 90% off the cost of books purchased individuallyget yours today.

Comments

  1. David Pereira says

    That sounds like a good approach.
    What plans do you have for distinguishing clearly between the 2 types of books? It would be great to know immediately if a volume was a Research type or simply a Readers Edition before purchase, of course.

    But, along with that, each Research book should indicate ALL of the Indexes that WILL BE included in the released version. (This will help us decide if a book being considered will actually be usable for what we want to do with it).
    A FURTHER suggestion along those lines: the Library view really should have an INDEX filter included with all of the other recent enhancements so we can easily arrange collections by how the books are tagged. AND, now that I think about it, those filters should have Field Names we can incorporate into the Collection rules. (Mo and ALL of us would really love you then, I believe).

    So, back to the Readers Edition . . does that mean the Faithlife eBooks will simply be moved under this new category? That might be a lot simpler that having so many different sites to buys books: Logos, eBook, Lexham Press, etc.

    Thanks for ALWAYS working to improve what you offer. WOW!!

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi David! Thanks for your questions.

      There is a callout on the product page for reader editions. There is also metadata added to the resource so that it shows up in the “Editions” facet. This does not mean that Faithlife ebooks are being moved under the reader edition category.

      Karen from Faithlife

  2. This is excellent! I love the idea! Looking forward to seeing this roll out.

  3. Serleio Creer says

    I am loving the fact that we will start getting these books faster but I do wonder whether they will have simple things like connected bible references.

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi Serleio,

      Thank you for your question! Yes, they will have Bible verse links.

      Best, Karen from Faithlife

  4. Mathew Haferkamp says

    Hey logos, this sounds good but just one question if you make a readers edition and unexpectedly you eventually want to make it a research edition will their be a charge? I am not saying this to get a research book at readers cost but just wondering. I am not totally against a charge, I would not want a book that should be a research edition be held back because it is not profitable. Thanks for having logos, and all it teaches me everyday.

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi Mathew,

      Thanks for your question!

      Currently, there is no plan to charge if we upgrade a book. In the same way we do with an ebook, if we update an edition, you will get the upgrade “for free.”

      Best, Karen from Faithlife

  5. In the past, FL has made a few (understandable) errors in creating an ebook where a fully-tagged version should have been done instead. In response, they made the fully-tagged version available automatically and at no additional cost to the ebook buyers when the FT version became available.

    So, will this practice continue? And maybe more importantly, when a book is published as an ebook that really ought to have made it to the FT process and published as a Logos resource, will there be a channel to request such?

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi DocB! Thank you for your question.

      There is currently not a channel to request that, though it is a good idea. We’ll look into implementing something like this.

      Best, Karen from Faithlife

  6. How about page numbers? Some find them necessary for research, but this is not my reason for asking. You can hardly do a group Bible Study without page numbers. The Faithlife e-books (the two I have) are lacking in this area. I would prefer a Kindle edition with page numbers, than an e-book with scripture citations linked,and no page numbers.