Introducing Noet: Scholarly Ebooks

When I explain what an incredible tool Logos Bible Software is for everyone who studies the Bible, I am inevitably asked, “Have you considered using your platform for other kinds of books?”

The answer is yes, we have. But for many reasons we have not expanded beyond the disciplines of biblical and theological studies. When Logos was a desktop-only platform we weren’t sure there was enough digital content—or enough interest—to justify a desktop platform for other fields. Our tools were highly specialized for biblical content, and we were overwhelmed just meeting the pressing, obvious needs of our core market.

But things have changed. Logos is no longer just a desktop software package. Logos is a multi-platform ecosystem for working with electronic texts, which our users employ in different ways. Some work exclusively on the web, some on mobile devices, whereas others use all our interfaces, depending on whether they’re reading, studying, or writing. We’ve listened to our customers and expanded our library to more than 35,000 titles, ranging from ancient texts to reference works to novels. In the process, we’ve built a tool set that’s appropriate for every kind of text-based content.

Now it’s time to leverage our massive investment in new markets.

Logos for the classics

Noet (rhymes with “poet”) is the Logos platform repurposed for scholarly ebooks outside biblical studies: Greek and Latin classics, philosophy, literature, Shakespeare, Judaica, etc. We will reuse the key Logos platform components with Noet branding, from the online bookstore to desktop software to web viewers to mobile apps on iOS and Android.

But more excitingly, we’ll customize Logos 5’s tools to support the special needs of disciplines beyond biblical and theological studies: we’ll support powerful searching of philosophical themes, interlinear editions of classical texts, word-for-word comparisons of different editions of Shakespeare, and even specialized timelines and infographics.

One shared platform

Logos and Noet products will have different names and branding, but the underlying platform will be the same. A Logos.com account will be the same as a Noet.com account, and ebooks purchased in one store will work with the software available in the other.

If you’re a Logos Bible Software user, there’s no need to download the Noet tools. You’ll be able to access Noet content through Logos 5, and even specialized features specific to an academic discipline will be available when you use those resources. Likewise, Noet users who purchase biblical content will be able to turn on a Bible-specific user interface.

Research across disciplines

Logos has offered a wide range of content for many years, and there’s a lot of content in other fields that our users find useful: Greek and Latin classical literature is important to serious biblical study and lexicography; philosophy is of interest to theologians and seminary students. We want to develop the tools that will support students of the Bible in these adjacent disciplines.

Noet is a way of extending our reach to a new set of users. Quite simply, Noet will allow us to sell tools and ebooks to people who would never buy Bible software, funding the digitization of texts we otherwise would not be able afford, and helping spread out the costs of ongoing software development.

The result will be a larger library for all our users, and an even stronger platform moving forward.

We encourage you to learn more at Noet.com.

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Bob Pritchett

Bob Pritchett co-founded Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software) in 1992 and serves as President/CEO. Bob speaks regularly at industry conferences and to academic groups on entrepreneurship, electronic publishing and digital libraries. He is a 2005 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was included in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Bob lives with his wife Audra in Bellingham, Washington; they have two children.

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