So do I call it Logos or Libronix or what?

I apologize. I know it is confusing, and I am sorry.

Libronix is a brand name owned by Logos. The Libronix Digital Library System is what we call our software platform. Logos Bible Software is what we call the products that contain both the Libronix DLS and a collection of electronic books, because without the books there is nothing Bible-specific about the Libronix DLS.

Other companies use the Libronix DLS, too, under license from us, and they give their products (consisting of the Libronix DLS and their electronic books) different names, like eBible or The Essential IVP Reference Collection.

We created the Libronix brand many years ago with the idea of separating our technology from our content-based products in order to make it easier for other companies to license and use our technology in their own products. We did not use the word “Logos” in the technology brand in order to avoid confusion between ours and other Bible software packages; we also had secular publishers licensing the technology, and the word “Logos” did not mean anything in that context.

Back then we also imagined that we might split the company into two organizations, one focused on technology and one on Bible software content. We created the Libronix Corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Logos in anticipation of that split. Our strategy has changed, though, and we are now completely focused on serving the Bible software market and our publishing partners in Bible-related publishing. Libronix Corporation still exists, but as no more than a file folder of paperwork and a separate phone number that rings at the Logos reception desk.

What do we call our product? Logos Bible Software. This is the product you can buy, in specifically named collections: Logos Bible Software Pastor’s Library, Logos Bible Software Scholar’s Library, etc.

What do we call our software platform? The Libronix DLS. This is the technology platform shared by many publishers, including Logos Bible Software. When you are installing or activating or upgrading the software itself you are working with the Libronix DLS, and all of those actions affect all the Libronix DLS based books you have installed, regardless of which product they came in.

And finally, Libronix is a word that we made up. That made it easier for trademark and domain name purposes. We pronounce it like “library” and “electronics”.

Merry Christmas!

Now that you are done with all your Christmas shopping (you are done, aren’t you?) you may want to take a look at some books for your own library. We just added a number of titles to both Community Pricing and the Pre-Pub programs.

It is a great blessing to have a job like ours, providing tools to help people study the Word. We are thankful for this privilege and for all of you, our customers, partners, and friends, who put those tools to use in study, teaching, and preaching. Thank you for your support and encouragement and prayers.

Merry Christmas!

On the air in the early morning

Scott LindseyIt was pretty dark in Bellingham, WA at 5:30 AM yesterday, but the lights were on here at Logos Bible Software. Scott Lindsey, ministry relations manager, was on the air with American Family Radio stations, being interviewed from his desk. (This is the problem with being on the west coast.)

Our receptionist and three salespeople dragged themselves out of bed to be in the office in case we got some calls. The phone lit up after Scott said “Imagine a truck pulling up in front of your home on Christmas morning with a complete Bible college library, and a research assistant for your own personal use.”

We are glad that so many people see the benefits of a large Bible reference library, and apologize to those of you who had to wait on the phones yesterday morning.

100 posts! What’s next?

Blogging is developing into its own literary genre. A blog is part diary, newsletter, press release and soap box. And one of the genre’s most distinctive (and annoying) characteristics is talking about itself. The Logos Blog is no different…for which we apologize.

This is the 100th post to the Logos Blog. We’ve been posting every business day since we started in late July, on topics ranging from personal to technical, from fun to features, and from soup to syntax.

Do you want more of the same? More of some and less of others? We would love to hear from you on what you want to see in the Logos Blog. Please take a moment and leave a comment with your feedback.

And if you started reading the Logos Blog recently, you may want to use the monthly archive links on the side column to catch up on older posts where you’ll find tips on using Logos Bible Software among many other posts interesting, useful, and irrelevant.

Thanks for reading!

Look, in the air, it’s Logos Bible Software!

One of my favorite sales stories is about the Logos salesperson who sat next to someone reading their Bible on a plane. Our employee took out his laptop, opened Logos to the same passage, and nudged his seatmate. After an in-air demo the Bible student pulled out a credit card and placed an order right there.

At a company meeting we awarded our flying sales rep a small airplane model as a sales trophy. Not be outdone, two other sales people “earned their wings” in short order.

Statistically, it is not too hard to find someone interested in Bible study sitting next to you on a plane. But people carrying paper Bibles still outnumber Bible software users, so I was really impressed when Scott Lindsey came back to the office to report that the person sitting next to him on the plane was actually using our software during the flight. (Scott, of course, showed him what he could do with more books and sold him an upgrade.)

We are flying all the time and we love to meet our users. So when you are on the road, keep an eye out for the Logos logo on shirts and luggage tags and say hello!

Syriac-English New Testament Interlinear

Syriac SlideAt the recent Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Philadelphia, George A. Kiraz, president of Gorgias Press, presented a joint project with Logos Bible Software to create an interlinear to the Syriac New Testament in electronic and printed forms. The electronic interlinear will become part of Logos Bible Software and the printed version will be published by Gorgias Press. A team of international scholars have already committed to producing the interlinear in the next three years.

Gorgias Press publishes a number of Syriac Bible resources. For more information on the project, including an overview of the specialized tools Logos built for editing the interlinear, download Dr. Kiraz’s PowerPoint presentation (226 KB).

Overflow Crowd

Yesterday at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Logos bloggers and Information Architects Rick Brannan and Eli Evans presented our new syntactic databases. (Their presentation was part of a larger session which also included a presentation on how Logos Bible Software is used in the classroom at Moody Graduate School.)

This photo was taken while Eli presented the Andersen-Forbes syntactic database. We were flattered by all the interest and only wish the session had been in a larger room.

If you are with us here in Philadelphia, be sure to check out other Logos-related sessions at AAR/SBL.

Moved In

Once we told the development teams they could move in, it didn’t take long.

At the front of the room is our web applications team and along the side is the application development team.

More Space

On December 20, 2004, there was a fire in the restaurant next door. It was around six hours between the time the fire started and when it finally set off the smoke alarms on our side of the building. The result was that the restaurant was completely destroyed; everything was smoked thoroughly. The partial second floor had to be demolished and even the brick walls had to be soda-blasted to remove the odor. A third of our offices were evacuated and carpets, books, and computers had to be thoroughly cleaned.

The restaurant relocated around the corner and Logos took the opportunity to create additional office space that could connect to our existing offices.

For ten months we endured the sounds (and smells!) of demolition and construction on the other side of a very thin wall. But today it is all worth it, because we are finally able to move in.

From the back, at the top of the old second floor. Skylight is above and right.

From the front, towards the back and skylight.

From the back of the new second floor at nearly the same position as the first photo.

Biblical People

One of the neatest features supported in the next release of Logos Bible Software is the Biblical People database. It has been included in the alpha releases since the end of June, but I wanted to give everyone a chance to see it.

The example here shows a visualization of all of the biblically-attested relationships of Aaron. The graph shows everyone Aaron is related to and the nature of the relationship. Nodes in the graph are colored by gender, if known, and labeled by relationship. Every relationship is attested to by one or more Bible verses, shown at the left side of the graph. Clicking on a person’s name regenerates the graph with them at the center.

The graphs can be generated for any person in the Bible, and a specialized version of the graph is included in the Passage Guide to show all of the people in the selected passage and their relationships to each other.

Logos Bible Software is more than just an electronic version of a paper library. And it is tools like this that demonstrate how software can help you see and explore the Bible in ways you never could before.