Within a week of announcing that Logos Bible Software is publishing my book Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology, I received over one hundred emails and comments asking the same question: “Will your book be available in print?”
No, at least for now.
No. The plan for now is that the book will be available exclusively in electronic format from Logos Bible Software.
The factors involved in this decision are complicated, but here are some reasons that I chose Logos Bible Software to publish my first solo book:
- I love Logos Bible Software. I’d rather have a book in Logos format than in print any day.
- Using electronic books (esp. reference works and commentaries) in Logos Bible Software is more efficient than using print books for two primary reasons: searchability and versatility. (1) Logos books have multiple searching capabilities that far exceed print books in both speed and thoroughness, and (2) Logos books are superior to print books with reference to accessibility, readability, marking, copying and pasting, saving, and linking. E.g., see my reviews of Scholar’s Library: Gold; PNTC, BECNT, and NIGTC: Three New Testament Commentary Series; Anchor Yale Bible commentary series (84 vols.); and The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments (40 vols.).
- The Logos 4 core engine is free, so anyone with a computer can access it.
- The Logos 4 core engine is available for both Mac and PC, and Logos for Mac is very close to release.
- If you absolutely must read the book in print, then you can print it. (Better printing support is coming soon.)
- You can read the book on a variety of platforms: desktop computer, laptop computer, iPad, iPhone, etc. Any Internet-connected device can read a Logos book by going to Library.Logos.com.
- Logos is planning to make the following feature available for the mobile app: If you read and mark up the book on one platform, your bookmarks and markings will sync across all the platforms. For example, if you mark up the book on your iPad, then when you open up the book on your laptop, it will open directly to the place in the book where you left off, and any highlighting and notes you made will be visible.
- Logos has free apps for iPhones, iPods, and iPads that are geared for picking up a book and reading it. Logos is also planning to work on apps for Android and Blackberry devices.
- I prefer reading on a large screen over a small book. I currently use two screens (I explain that here), and in a few weeks I plan to upgrade to three screens, including two 28-inch monitors. I can change the font, the font size, and much more in the Logos 4 core engine.
- The book is more readily available internationally.
- The book is more affordable. Most published dissertations cost far more than most consumers are willing to pay (e.g., commonly between $100 and $200).
- I think that this is the wave of the future. I don’t think that print books will ever be obsolete, but digital books are growing in popularity in this electronic age. And Logos is the future for digital theological libraries.
- I hate moving print books. I’m preparing to move to another state next week, and I just packed up my print books. I’ve given away nearly every print book that I already owned but acquired in Logos, so I’ve reduced my print library to about 1100 print books. But that’s still a lot of print books to move! Here’s the pile:
I realize that some people will never read a book unless it’s on a printed page. That’s fine, and I respect that. But this isn’t an insurmountable problem: see #5 above. And someday I’d like to write a much shorter book on the same topic for a broader audience—available both in print and Logos.
Related: “A New Kind of Biblical Scholar” by Phil Gons (on the Logos Blog)