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Logos Deal for BJU Students Ends Thursday, February 5

The twice- or thrice-yearly BJU Logos Bible Software sale is on, but only for another week and a half.

I use and appreciate Logos Bible software. I recommend it as a close-to-essential (that is, close to BibleWorks) tool for seminary and ministry.

A McLuhanesque Caveat

As time passes, however, my concerns do grow about the message contained in the medium of electronic books. You don’t want to write a dissertation, for example, by reading all of your sources piecemeal the way electronic books subtly make it easy to do.

But your sermons and school papers would probably benefit from a heavier seasoning, even in small doses, of good books. And Logos will help you do that in this busy world.

This is what I encourage people to do: sit down with the whole list of Logos books, look up on Amazon (via Ubiquity) the actual value of the books you will actually use. (Do not include the books which are available free elsewhere or are not worth much.) Add up that value. If it’s greater than the cost of the package, get the package if you have the money. For me, that meant I bought the Gold package a few years ago. I haven’t regretted it.

Another note: some sharp people disagree with me on this, but I don’t think you’ll read Pilgrim’s Progress or any other lengthy book on your computer screen (though I’m hoping to change my mind by getting my Logos books on a Kindle). So focus on reference works, books made for quickly looking up relatively brief passages of information. Commentaries, dictionaries, even journal articles fit here.

One last tip: get with someone who knows books and the classes which are likely in your future and show him the list you’ve created of 1) books you’ll actually use 2) with their Amazon prices included. Get him to tell you where you’re wrong: books you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) use, and books you missed.

Ok, Now the Sale Info

It’s 30% off for students, 50% off for professors, and 25% off for staff/alumni.

All the major packages are available, plus a few other resources, some of which I requested for you:

  • Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible: 129.95
  • Word Biblical Commentary: 599.95
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary: 159.95
  • Theological Journal Library, vols. 1-10: 339.95

Compare libraries here.

For more information or to make a purchase, click here or call (800) 878-4191 6:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time.

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Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

4 Comments

  1. Duncan on January 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Your link took me to a dead sale: “Last day to place orders: 9/24/2008 Discounts for this program have expired”

    Is this the right place?



  2. Mark L Ward Jr on January 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Fixed!

    Thanks for the tip!

    mlwj



  3. Duncan on January 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    FWIW, here are the prices (original and discounted) with a percent discount column instead of the monthly payments (a useless number to me).

    http://tinyurl.com/amnetm

    Sort and parse to your heart’s content.



  4. bolinpath on January 29, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Is the ability to use Logos resources on Kindle a reality, or was your statement a wish?



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