Digital Church Library (For Borrowing Books)

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Andrew Biddinger | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:39 AM

Here is another market...Church Libraries. More and more churches' libraries are getting smaller as members probably either have their own books or buy them on kindle. 

I think logos doesn't want to allow "borrowing of books" because people might sell subscriptions. But, if it was a credible church library account (or Pastors library), it would bring many more users on board if they have to have a logos account to read their borrowed books from a church library. 

I got the idea because my local library now uses Kindle to let their members borrow books. Now, if Logos wants to beat Amazon to the church market (before churches go to Kindle), then this might be a wise move!

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:55 AM


If FaithLife is concerned that it would undercut their revenues, they could test it on just the Vyrso titles.  That would provide a great deal of content useful for the average congregant, without competing with their flagship Logos products.

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Mary-Ellen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 12 2018 7:59 AM

I too would love to see some kind of church-library licensing model.  I have asked about this in the past, and got the idea that the threshold obstacle is the publishers, who haven't yet gotten comfortable with the digital world.  I'm sure Logos has the expertise to come up with a model that makes sense for all stakeholders.

I can imagine many members of my congregation who would have an interest in looking at some resources on an occasional basis, and even a few who, having seen what Logos can do, might be drawn into deeper Bible study that way and become more serious Logos users (and customers).  I would also love to be able to add a hot-linked "if you want to know more" component to our growing online archive of adult education offerings.

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Tiago Martins Peres | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 14 2021 1:18 AM

Any updates about this?

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 14 2021 7:48 AM

I suspect that the issue will be with publishers. I do know that publishers have issues with library apps because they don’t receive revenues from these works... which gets more distribution than a physical copy from a library.

Whether or not FL wants to do this, I’m sure that the publishers will veto it.

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 14 2021 1:24 PM

Publishers charge a fortune for digital versions for library usage. They also require the use of an app (Overdrive, Libby, Kindle) to prevent uncontrolled borrowing. And digital copies are usually limited to a certain number of checkouts and then they expire. All in all they are a terrible deal for libraries. I can't imagine that any church library could justify the startup costs. Just buy a Faithlife subscription package for your church instead if you want digital.

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