The Thrilla in Greenvilla!

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In another vain attempt to stoke controversy and therefore grow my blog readership beyond you two, I’ve provoked my good friend Brian Collins to bring our long-standing fight into public view, into a blog boxing match as it were. The fight could be summarized in a few ways: print vs. pixels, analog vs. digital, Gutenberg vs. Gates (no, Jobs!).

To introduce this series of pugilistic blog jabs, I’m going to merely list some of the facts. I’ll ask Brian to do the same on his blog.

In this corner, I’m the guy who’s invested a lot of money into electronic books:

I also have BibleWorks 7 (which, full disclosure, I got for free in order to teach seminars on it—though I purchased version 5 in 2002). I purchased two modules for BibleWorks, however:

I’ve also laid out a bit of cash ($40?) for a pretty good collection of quality books in WordSearch format—which I subsequently copied into Word documents and put on my Kindle 2 so I could ditch WordSearch.

In fact, the Kindle might as well go in this list, because I spent $359 for the privilege of reading my electronic books in a convenient format.

And I should note that I got better prices on a lot of these than you can right now because 1) I bought some on pre-publication status; 2) I had an education discount for the Logos Gold package; and 3) I buy many things from a shady-looking man in the back of a van in an Internet alley (namely Rejoice Christian Software—who knows what kind of extortion he’s guilty of to get those prices!).

However, let me state here categorically that I refuse, as a matter of principle, to pay Logos $60 for their Mac engine. That’s beyond the pale.

Grand Total!

So, including the electronic resources that I traded my print copies for, I have spent approximately $3,602 on electronic books since 2002. That’s $514 a year, though a small amount of it came from gifts. And, of course, I spent a good deal of money on print books during that time, as well. That’s on a BJU GA and then staff salary—which I make no complaints about, because look what I managed to get out of it, largely by not going to McDonald’s! The Lord has been generous to me, and I thank Him.

I have reasons why I elected to make this outlay. I’ll get into those after Brian lists off his electronic purchases.

I threw the first punch. Now, my own face is ready.

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.


  1. […] My friend Mark Ward has proposed that we enter into a discussion of electronic resources. You can see his initial post at βλογάπη.  […]

  2. Thrilla in Greenvilla, Round 3 « βλογάπη on September 23, 2009 at 10:58 am

    […] I challenged my good friend Brian Collins to a public discussion: electronic books vs. paper books. I started off by listing all the stuff I’d bought from Logos and other electronic sources. (I got one moderately nasty comment that I did not post, someone marveling at how much I’d spent. Remember that 1) I was single during most of those purchases, 2) I was in the foundational stages of building my ministerial library, and 3) a third of the money I spent came from one gift at the end of my M.A.) […]

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