Free Personal Book Builder Ships with New Logos 4 Update!

We are excited to announce that the completely redesigned Personal Book Builder has shipped with the new version (4.3) of Logos Bible Software. Like all previous updates, version 4.3 is a free download for all Logos 4 users.

Personal Book Builder

With this update, Personal Book Builder will be added to Logos 4 as a completely free feature. You will now be able to create your own fully tagged, fully searchable books in Logos. These resources can be marked up with your own notes and highlights, and you can add links to your other Logos resources.

Create Your Own Resources!

Personal Book Builder allows you to create your own powerful, feature rich books for Logos 4! These books will operate with much of the same functionality as your other Logos resources.

Just think of all the documents you can combine with your Logos library. You can add your sermons, Sunday school lessons, personal Bible studies, or journals. Teachers can upload their curriculum and students can add their papers, essays and theses. Virtually any work you have on a Word document (.docx) can be integrated into your Logos 4 resources. Did I mention this was free?

How Do You Get the Update?

Logos 4 Users

If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.

Need to Upgrade to Logos 4?

If you are using a previous version of Logos Bible Software and waiting for that perfect time to upgrade to Logos 4, this is it! Not only do you get the newest version of Logos 4 including the Personal Book Builder, you will receive:

  • Up to hundreds of new books for pennies on the dollar
  • 100+ powerful new tools, features, databases, and more
  • Access to your library on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and
  • An interest-free payment plan option for up to twelve monthly payments

Visit our customized upgrader to find out what discounts you qualify for.

New to Logos?

If you have not made the leap to Logos, what are you waiting for? There are a number of enthusiastic users who would love to tell you how much you will benefit from Logos Bible Software. Purchase a base package today and see how Logos 4’s incredible features can dramatically improve your Bible study.

What’s New in Logos 4.3?

Version 4.3 brings a number of important new features—many of which are in direct response to your requests. Here are the major ones:

  • Personal Book Builder
  • Resource Justification and Hyphenation—Full justification of resource text, with hyphenation, can be enabled/disabled in Program Settings. The default setting is Enabled.
  • Exegetical Guide—The default “Parts of Speech” setting in the “Word by Word” section is now “Include only these parts of speech” with only Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives and Adverbs selected.” Other parts of speech will be displayed, but will be grayed out. Clicking on a grayed-out word will generate data and navigate to the result.

There were also some nice little improvements made to resources, notes, searches, sentence diagramming, and syncing.

There are also some new features available for Mac users including updates to notes, keyboard shortcuts, and setup.

Check out “What’s New in Logos 4.3” to see a complete list of the changes.

Leave us a comment and tell us what you plan to add to your Logos 4 library with the Personal Book Builder!

Enter to Win an Android Tablet from!

In celebration of the Vyrso Android App (beta) available in the Android Market, we’re giving away an Android tablet! If you win, you’ll get your choice of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, HTC Flyer, or Asus Eee Pad Transformer!

One of the easiest ways to earn an entry into the giveaway is to refer Vyrso to your friends.  Simply run through the options for entering into the giveaway (liking the Vyrso website, commenting in our discussion, becoming a Facebook fan, and tweeting about Vyrso) at the end of the giveaway a personal link is assigned to you, when you share this link with your friends (and they click the link) you gain even more entries!  So be sure to share the tablet giveaway and Vyrso with your friends and family!

For weeks, people have been asking—almost pleading—for Vyrso to be available on Android enabled devices.  We would like to invite you to download and experience our new eReader (specifically made for Christian readers) on the Android platform!  Remember, the App is still in beta which means that we are still working out the kinks. We’d love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to leave comments on bugs, crashes, or any other problems on the Android forums.

Vyrso allows you to enter into the worlds created by storytellers like Michael Heiser (The Façade) and Robert Liparulo (House of Dark Shadows). If fiction isn’t your cup of tea, try encouraging nonfiction books like Max Lucado’s Fearless or Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.  All of these books—and more—are available for easy download at Our goal is to have 25,000 Christian e-books available by the end of the year!

Make sure to stay tuned for more news about the full launch of the Vyrso e-book store and thousands of Christian titles.

If you win, which tablet would you choose and why? Tell us in a comment.

How to Find a Bargain on

There are definitely deals to be found on Here are some tips to ensure you don’t miss them.

Bid on Community Pricing Products

We often post on Logos Talk about deals that are available on Community Pricing because they’re some of the greatest bargains you are going to find on  The more people who bid on Community Pricing products, the lower the prices go. We’ve had collections sell for less than $10.

Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 (6 vols.) is a good example of the kinds of bargains you can find on The average bid for this six-volume collection of inspiring sermons, from the likes of John Owen and Richard Baxter, is $30. But it isn’t finished yet. With enough bids, the price can fall even lower!

Take a look at the Community Pricing page and see what’s available.

Check the Pre-Pub Page Often

Pre-Pubs are another way to get more book for your buck.

To justify the cost of developing a resource, we put that resource in Pre-Publication (or Pre-Pub). People vote on the resources they want to see developed by pledging to buy them while they are on Pre-Pub. Once we gather enough sales to pay for the creation of a resource, it moves from Pre-Pub into development.

During the Pre-Pub process, the resources are much cheaper than they will be once they are developed. The resources stay at that Pre-Pub price until they complete the development process. Once the resources are available for download, their price goes up.

It is a good idea to search the Pre-Pub page for the newest listings so that you can see when your favorite books go up. You’ll also want to check by ship date to make sure that you don’t miss out on getting a deal on a product that is about to ship.

Take Advantage of Faceted Browsing allows you to refine your search by a number of criteria. If you search the Products page for theology books sorted by price (lowest to highest), you are going to find all sorts of great deals. In fact, you might even run across some free resources. Try this with various topics and resource types.

Download Our Free Mobile Apps

I would be remiss not to mention Logos’ mobile apps. Both the iPhone app and the Android app (currently in beta) are completely free. With this free app you get over 40 Bibles! When you register or sign in to your free Logos account you get more than 30 additional books—absolutely free.

But that’s not all! You will not believe the Bible study you can do when you combine the iPhone app with a Logos 4 base package. Imagine having all of these features on your mobile device:*

  • Your resource library at your fingertips
  • Text comparison
  • Passage guides
  • Original language translations
  • Original language word studies
  • and much more!

At the low price of completely free, this is a true bargain.

*The Android app is currently in beta and, while it does have some great features, it has not yet reached parity with iPhone app.

Sign Up to Receive Special Email Notifications

Logos is often doing some kind of special promotion or giveaway. Sometimes you might not even know about it if you aren’t receiving our Freebies, Contests, and Giveaways emails.

We also send out Logos NewsWire emails alerting you to special prices and product news.

Receiving these notifications is easy. Sign in to your account (or register for free) and click on the notifications tab. Then simply make sure that (A.) the Freebies, Contests, Giveaways and Logos NewsWire boxes are checked, and then (B.) click the update button.


Soon you’ll be getting updates on all the special offers available from Logos.

Keep Your Eye on Our Social Media Channels

Most Logos specials are going to be mentioned on one (if not all) of our social media outlets. And occasionally we will have specials that are specific to certain outlets. Don’t miss these events!

You can keep track of what Logos is up to by following us on:

  • Logos Talk: A great way to make sure that you don’t miss any important blog news is to subscribe to the RSS feed. You can have every blog sent to your email inbox or any web-based news readers you follow.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave us a comment and tell us about the best deal you have received from Logos.

3 New Scripture Sharing Plugins from

You want simple and intuitive tools to share Scripture on your blog or webpage, and Logos wants to help. To that end, we have created three new plugins at you can add to your webpage.

Verse of the Day

With the Verse of the Day plugin, visitors to your website or blog will be greeted with a carefully selected verse in the translation of your choice. You will see a unique verse displayed nearly every day for two years. Each verse has been selected by hand and verses are aligned to dozens of major and minor holidays.

You won’t have to worry about how the plugin will fit on your webpage. Verse of the Day is “Medium Rectangle” sized (300×250) making it the standard size of most Internet ads. You can choose it to be displayed as an attractive artist-created graphic or as textual graphic. If you choose the textual display you can also choose from a set palette of colors to match your personal web design.

Visitors can click a button on the plugin to tweet it, share it as a Facebook status, or even email it to someone else who could benefit. Clicking on the verse itself will take them to where they can see the verse in context or even read it alongside a commentary.

Bible Search Box

The Bible Search Box plugin allows visitors to search the Bible for words, topics, or references and see the results instantly in a new window or tab at You can choose the Bible translation for searches and—if your visitors don’t have access to that translation—the Bible Search Box will complete their search in “Top English Bibles.” If you choose the “Default Version,” Biblia will conduct the search for them in an appropriate translation.

You can choose the smaller (160 x 80) or larger (300 x 135) search box from one of two colors which best suit your site layout.

Bible Search Results

Like the Bible Search Box, the Bible Search Results plugin allows visitors to search the Bible translation of your choice for words, topics, or references. Unlike the Bible Search Box however, the results are delivered instantly to your website via the plugin frame.

A search I did (with the plugin’s default Bible translation) for the word “testimony” returned twenty ESV verses within the frame. Simply pressing “more” took me to for the remainder of my search.

The plugin comes in a couple of colors with a smaller (160 x 200)  or larger (300 x 400) frame size.

All three plugins are easily installed by simply pasting the code into the <body> of your HTML page.

We know that you have created your blog or webpage because you have something valuable you want to communicate. Logos wants to help when it comes to sharing the life-changing truths of Scripture. Head over to and see which plugin is right for you.

And Don’t Forget Reftagger!

Never again will you have to worry about using too many Bible references in your blog post. Let visitors to your blog or webpage instantly view a Bible passage by hovering their mouse over any biblical reference. It’s easy to install and completely free. You can get all of the installation details by visiting

Is there a plugin here that you are excited about? Have a suggestion for a future plugin? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Calling All Worship Leaders!

As we get closer to releasing Proclaim, we’re already working to make the most intuitive church presentation software even better! Of course, one of the keys to doing this is getting insights straight from worship leaders themselves.

If you’re a worship leader, please take this quick survey. Not only will you help make a great tool better, you’ll also be able to try Proclaim free for a month.

As an added incentive, one worship leader who responds will win a year of Proclaim for their church—absolutely free! 

If you’re not a worship leader, make sure you tell your worship team or pastor about this opportunity. They don’t want to miss this opportunity to help shape the future of church presentation software, and they’ll be blown away when they experience what Proclaim can do for their worship services! Share this post with any worship leaders you know by tweeting it, “Liking” it, or sending them the link in a quick email.

Take the survey, then leave us a comment and let us know what excites you most about Proclaim Church Presentation Software!

Public Beta of the Logos Android App Now Available

The public beta of the Logos Android app is here, and we’re looking for users to put it through the paces!

With the Logos app on your Android, your on-the-go library, featuring many titles from your Logos 4 collection, is just a click away. Enjoy features like previewing Bible verses as they appear in the text, navigating books with verse selector or through the table of contents, and pulling up footnotes with one simple tap. And since this is just the Beta version, there are many more features to come!

How To Get the Beta Android App Now

Before downloading the beta version of the app, it’s worth noting that “beta” is another way of saying “still under development.” The beta version is for users who like to test software, report bugs, and see the exciting things coming down the pike.

To download the beta Logos Android app, visit this download page on your Android device. Once that webpage opens, simply tap the link that says “Tap Here to Install Logos On Your Device” to begin downloading the Logos app.

Logos for Android can be used on any Android 2.1 or newer device. The app requires about 20MB of free space on the device and an SD card (some devices, like Nexus S, have the equivalent of an SD card built in).

Stay in the Loop

Be sure to visit the Android forum page to report any problems and discuss the app with other Android users. You can also sign up for the Android Email List from your Logos account by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Logos account notifications.
  2. An Email list will appear. Towards the bottom, you’ll see the Android Interest Group. Check that box.
  3. Click Update to save those preferences.


Spread the Word!

Logos already has a huge following of iPhone and iPad users. Now’s the time to show the world just how amazing Bible study can be when you throw Android into the mix. If you’re excited about the future of Logos for Android, Tweet about it (#Logos4Android) or Like this blog post. It may even be worth blogging your thoughts as the world of Bible study continues to open up on Android!

Have fun exploring this new app, and let us know your favorite feature!


2 Days Left to Enter the iPad Giveaway

Giveaway ends June 30th

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Vyrso’s iPad 2 Giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet, now is your chance. The giveaway ends Thursday, June 30th at 11pm, Pacific Time.

What is Vyrso?

With Vyrso, you’ll find books by bestselling authors like Donald Miller, Dave Ramsey, Ted Dekker, and more. Whether you like to lose yourself in a mystery, kick back with a comedy, or dive deep into a biography, Vyrso is your Christian ebook store.

While the full Vyrso store is launching soon, you can download the Vyrso app for free right now, and start reading one of 25 bestsellers at 50% off.

Learn more about Vyrso on our new About page.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Visit Vyrso’s giveaway page and click “Join giveaway now.”
  2. Enter the contest using any or all of the 4 methods:
    • Like the post on Facebook.
    • Leave a comment.
    • Become a fan.
    • Send a tweet.
  3. You are then given a personal invite link that looks like this:punchtab widget

    If you share this link with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, email or elsewhere, you’ll earn an additional entry for every click! If they enter the giveaway, you’ll earn even more entries!

Haven’t entered yet? It only takes about 60 seconds. Visit to get started.

If you’ve already entered, what did you think of this giveaway? Would you like to see another?

New Christian eBook Store to Launch Up to 25,000 Books in 2011

What Is Vyrso?

Within the publishing world, books can generally be divided into one of two categories: reference books and trade books. Reference books include things like commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other academic works. You can put almost everything else—novels, popular non-fiction, and children’s books—into the trade book category.

For nearly twenty years—long before the ebook boom—Logos has been bringing you the best in electronic reference books. With Vyrso, Logos is bringing that experience and expertise to trade books.

Vyrso helps you find, buy, and read your favorite Christian books. The Vyrso store will offer your favorite bestselling and classic Christian books, and you can use the Vyrso reader on iPad, iPhone, and (soon!) Android devices.

(Vyrso titles also work in Logos Bible Software 4, and you’ll be able to read all your Logos 4 titles in the Vyrso reader, too!)

To get a picture of what’s to come, check out these 25 bestsellers and start reading them with the Vyrso app today. For a limited time, all ebooks are at least 50% percent off!

Look for up to 25,000 books available by the end of 2011.
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New Shibboleth Update

Back in 2007 we unleashed Shibboleth, a tool we designed to help people key in ancient scripts more accurately, even if they weren’t proficient in those scripts.

We’ve updated Shibboleth with a number of improvements:

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Find Your Favorites on Landing Pages

SproulOne of the many great features of the new is the improved searching capabilities. We’ve upgraded the search engine and provided a variety of categories which allow for several different browsing options. Even more, the new faceted browsing allows you to stack several product categories at once so you can find that specific book you’re looking for.

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