The Future of Academic Publishing

Andy Naselli, a good friend of mine and an avid Logos user, points out a relevant quote in a new book from Crossway: The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ, edited by John Mark Reynolds and Roger Overton. In his chapter, “Professors with a New Public: Academics and New Media,” Fred Sanders avers,

The coming crisis in academic publishing is centered on the expense of printing and distributing scholarly works with an extremely narrow focus. Electronic publishing is the obvious source of a solution to this problem. The current editorial systems could stay in place just as they are, with the cost of production dropping to a fraction of the current system. It may be a long time before paperless publication is desirable for all users, but in academia it seems like an obvious need. The current system . . . must find a way out of its deadlock. (p. 172)

We’re happy to be a large part of this solution.

If you’ve been following our Pre-Pub offerings for the last couple of years, you’re well aware that we are publishing digital editions of a host of expensive academic resources. While the front-end costs of high-end digital publishing aren’t small (especially if we have to work from print rather than digital sources), the on-going costs are significantly less allowing volumes that cost $100-200 or even more in print to be available for significantly less digitally. This set was a perfect illustration of the savings that digital can offer: Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on the Gospels and Acts (16 Vols.).

On a closely related note, you may remember that back in May Dale Pritchett addressed this subject in his presentation “Logos in the Classroom.” If you missed it, be sure to give it a listen or read the transcript.

New Video on the LDGNT

We just posted a new video from Steve Runge about the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament. You can watch it on the LDGNT product page or right here in the blog post.

Steve’s been working hard for the last few months on a new discourse-related project, so be on the lookout for an announcement—perhaps even sometime this week.

The Works of H. A. Ironside—Now with All of His Commentaries

The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)Several months ago we put a collection of 48 volumes from H. A. Ironside on Pre-Pub. Many were thrilled at the prospect of having access to Ironside’s writings in Libronix, but several people lamented that we had not included all of Ironside’s commentaries.

We did some research and found out that we were in fact missing 17 of his 32 commentaries! So we immediately looked into whether or not we could include them as well. We were happy to get approval and began to try to locate print copies of all of those missing volumes.

Fortunately, we have many book lovers in the office. And one of them happened to have a beautiful copy of all 32 of Ironside’s commentaries! Since he prefers having access to his commentaries in Logos, he was happy to part with his print set to help the project move forward. Thanks, Andy!

So we’re pleased to announce The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)—now including the complete set of Ironside’s 32 commentaries covering 51 books of the Bible! In addition to the 32 biblical commentaries, you’ll get 32 books—covering a variety of subjects like baptism, the Holy Spirit, assurance, and many others—and a collection of 25 pamphlets, sermon notes, tracts, lectures, and other miscellaneous writings.

If you enjoy the writings of H. A. Ironside or want to study the contributions of this important 20th-century preacher, you won’t want to pass up this phenomenal deal—65 volumes for about $2.60 a piece!

By the way, if you had pre-ordered the earlier 48-volume collection, you’ll need to place a new order for this 65-volume collection and cancel your original order.

In just a few days this new collection has reached 100%! Production is now underway. Don’t miss out on this tremendous deal. Place your pre-order today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ironside, you can learn more about him right in your Libronix digital library:

Saved by the Logos Electronic Book Catalogue!

I’ve worked at Logos for a long time — fifteen years! There used to be a time when I knew every title and author we published. But we’re publishing so much, and putting so much more on pre-pub, that I lost track of it all.
Actually, I lost track of it all long ago. We have a lot of books available. I tend to only keep track of certain areas that have to do with my primary areas of study — Greek, linguistics, Pauline Epistles, and early church.
But something neat happened to me this past weekend. My lovely wife will be attending a ladies’ Book Study at the church we attend. They’ll be reading and discussing Bryan Chappell’s book, Holiness by Grace.
On a whim, I searched the Logos web site for “chapell” by just typing it in the upper-right corner of the page, like this:

Here’s what I found in the “Downloadable Products” section of the results:

How cool is that? We’ve actually done the book already! Now I’ll have it in my Logos Library at home too, so Amy and I can work through the book together as she attends the book study this fall.
But what was really cool to me was that I searched Logos on a whim. I had no idea if we had Holiness by Grace available or not. But we’ve done so many books in the past few years that I figured it was worth a chance.
This is a book that I’d never look for; that I wouldn’t have even known to search for had my sweet wife not signed up for the book study. But it was there when I looked for it. Why? Because Logos does lots of high-quality, useful books from lots of different publishers so that not only will you find the stuff you know you want; you might even find stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
Who knows? Maybe that book you need for a class or a study is available in Logos format too!

The Basis of the Second Coming

Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.

The Logos Lecture Series is back in action after taking a month off. Tomorrow, September 24, we will host Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who will be speaking on “The Basis of the Second Coming.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.

About the Lecture

While the rapture of the church has no preconditions and can happen at any moment of time, the second coming for Israel does have a major precondition: Israel’s national salvation. This topic is a study of the circumstances of the rejection of the Messiah by Israel and the one prerequisite that must be fulfilled before the Messiah can return.

About the Speaker

Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the author of books such as Jesus Was a Jew, Messianic Christology, and Hebrew Christianity, among many others. He began his formal education at Shelton College, earned B.A. degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Cedarville University, his M.T.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at New York University. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has lived and worked with the messianic congregation in Jerusalem, ministered for the American Board of Missions to the Jews, was editor of The Chosen People, served as Associate Director of the world’s largest Messianic Jewish broadcasting ministry at The Christian Jew Foundation, and currently serves as Director of Ariel Ministries.

Event Details

  • Title: The Basis of the Second Coming
  • Speaker: Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries
  • Date: Wednesday, September 24
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington
  • Admission is free!

For those who are unable to attend the lecture, we hope to make the audio available within a few days of the event.

By the way, be sure to check out our collection of books from Dr. Fruchtenbaum in the Ariel Ministries Messianic Collection (11 Vols.).

To get you thinking about our next lecture, our guest will be local professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College. He will present his topic, “Understanding Radical Islam,” on Monday, October 27. Please check the Lecture Series page, which we’ll keep updated as more information becomes available.

10 New Collections from Paternoster!

Today’s guest blogger is Kent Hendricks, the main Pre-Pub man here at Logos.

A few weeks ago, Phil mentioned several big shipments of books headed to the Pre-Pub page. Since then, we’ve brought you dozens of collections and hundreds of books, including books from Baker, IVP, and our biggest Pre-Pub ever, the Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.).

But we’re still not done.

If you’ve perused the Pre-Pub page lately, you’ve probably noticed all the new books from Paternoster Press. In fact, in the span of just a few days, we posted ten collections containing almost 100 books! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick summary of these exciting new books from Paternoster.

Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.)The Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.) is not only the biggest collection from Paternoster, but it’s also the best value. The equivalent print copies of these books would cost you well over $1,000, but they’re currently listed at $12.00 per volume on Pre-Pub. In this collection, you’ll find book-length treatments of some of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past century, like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Alvin Plantinga, William G. T. Shedd, John Howard Yoder, and many more. This amounts to more than 7,000 pages of the best in theological studies from Paternoster Press!

If you like theological studies, you’ll also want to check out three smaller collections, the Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.), the Paternoster Trinitarian Studies Collection (4 Vols.), and the Paternoster Spiritual Growth Collection (4 Vols.).

We’re also featuring four collections for biblical scholars:

Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.)The Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.) includes books by Jason Clark, Robert Jenson, Brian McLaren, and lots of other great authors who are writing some of the most influential books at the intersection of theology and culture. In this collection, you’ll find books on the emerging church, ancient liturgy, missional theology, and cultural engagement.

Speaking of cultural engagement, we’re also offering a collection of books which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the church today. The Paternoster Contemporary Issue Collection (7 Vols.) contains books on politics, feminism, Israel, hell, the problem of evil, and lots of other important subjects.

And remember, it always pays to place your Pre-Pub order early. Sometimes Pre-Pub prices go up, and other times we add books to collections later on. By placing your order today for these collections from Paternoster, not only are you guaranteed the lowest price, but you’ll also help move these collections into production as soon as possible!

Just a Few More Pre-Orders

We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)Since we add new Pre-Pubs at such a rapid pace, it’s likely that there are some  buried deep in the page that might be right up your alley. Perhaps one of these:

  1. Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
  2. Christ Is All
  3. PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
  4. Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
  5. Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
  6. Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
  7. Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
  8. Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
  9. The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
  10. Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)

Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.

Building Your Library with the Best Commentaries

If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.

Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.

Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:

We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.

The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.

But what if you are studying or preaching on a particular book and want to find all of the commentaries that we have on, say, Romans? You could try searching on Romans, but that won’t provide you with a completely accurate list. (It’s even worse if you search on Mark, since Mark is a common first name and mark is a common noun and verb in the English language.)

We’re working on ways to make it easier to search and browse for what you’re looking for—like finding all the commentaries we offer on a particular book—but in the meantime we’re thrilled to be able to point you to an awesome new website run by DTS grad and developer John Dyer: BestCommentaries.com.

BestCommentaries.com lists the most important commentaries on every book of the Bible, along with the series they are in (if any), ratings, categorization, places to buy, and so much more. It even lists projected forthcoming commentaries! And one of the coolest new features is the integration with Logos.com. As you browse through BestCommentaries.com, look for the Logos logo. Whenever you see it, it’s an indication that that commentary is available (or will soon be available) in our format. Click it to go straight to the product page and place your order or pre-order.

You’ll see our logo on the best of the best page, as well as in the list of commentaries on a book when you hover over the commentary

and on the individual commentary pages.

As you continue to build the commentaries section of your library—both print and digital—be sure to make use of all of the helpful information at BestCommentaries.com. You might just find some new commentaries to add to your Libronix digital library that you didn’t even know were available!

Update: John just created a new Logos page where you can see all of the commentaries available in our format. Very cool.

New Books from IVP!

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)We added some new titles from IVP to the Pre-Pub page last week. IVP publishes a lot of quality books, many of which are available for Libronix. We’re excited to be able to expand our offerings with these 17 new volumes.

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)

  • A Concise New Testament Theology, I. Howard Marshall
  • Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 1: Israel’s Gospel, John Goldingay
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 2: Israel’s Faith, John Goldingay

This set will provide you with some key biblical theology texts for exploring the the message of Scripture as it is progressively unfolded in each of the books of the Bible.

IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)

  • Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future, ed. Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman
  • Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Scott J. Hafemann
  • Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology, ed. Mark R. McMinn and Timothy R. Phillips
  • Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics, ed. Vincent E. Bacote, Laura C. Miguelez, and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Justification: What’s at Stake in the Current Debates, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts, ed. Daniel Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin
  • The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Gospel in Black and White, ed. Dennis L. Okholm
  • The Nature of Confession, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Women, Ministry and the Gospel, ed. Mark Husbands and Timothy Larsen

Each of these books is the fruit of one of the annual Wheaton Theology Conferences. These volumes contain essays from some of the top evangelical scholars in the world and explore issues that are of special importance for the church today.

Two titles didn’t fit into a collection and are available as individual volumes:

Thanks to IVP for making all of these available!

How to Unlock Locked Resources

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that you may want to keep locked resources on your hard drive so you can (1) search them and (2) find cool new resources to add to your digital library.

If you’ve managed to stumble across a locked resource that you’d like to unlock, you have several options.

For your convenience, you can unlock most resources from within the program itself. Simply click on the locked resource, and then click on “Unlock this resource…” in the window that opens.

Or click the padlock icon in the Tools menu or on your toolbar.

With the built-in unlocker, you can have your new resource unlocked and begin using it immediately.

Your other options are to head on over to Logos.com and search for the resource you want to unlock (most resources are available for immediate download) or give our sales team at jingle at 800-875-6467.

Read more about unlocking resources in this article.