Logos Is Too Expensive

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:03 PM

PetahChristian:

Perhaps you rely on tagging more than you know, and the value of tagging lets the program accomplish a great deal that wouldn't as easily or quickly be possible otherwise?

Petah, you have a bad habit of second-guessing suspiciously intelligent people. I think I'm pretty sure I use little tagging, since my Logos rarely gets used. I read.

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:15 PM

Cynthia in Florida:

I like to edit my pictures, but I'm not a professional and I don't need my pictures for any other reason than personal use.  So, when I looked at purchasing a picture editing program, I chose the inexpensive Adobe Photoshop.  It was a whopping 79.00 and did more than I needed, so when it came time for upgrades, I dropped it and went to the free Picasa, which does everything I need. 

A distinction is that your pictures can be used by any program. Fortunately, you're not locked in and don't need to go out and take new pictures, when you changed picture editing programs.

Unfortunately the Logos version of a book can only be used by Logos, the Olive Tree version of a book can only be used by Olive Tree, and so on. Anyone who buys the Cadillac of Bible Study programs (or wanted to upgrade to Logos) would need to buy the same books a second time if they wanted to switch to a (better or) cheaper or free program.

Do I wish the Logos resources were cheaper? Sure! It is a little painful to see that I could get the same commentary set for much less on a different bible study platform. I suppose ignorance is bliss, but I use Logos far more than I used Olive Tree, because it's a better experience.

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:17 PM

Cynthia, I agree on your logic visa viz software.  And certainly, Olivetree (Hyundai!) is who I recommend for good pricing, decent selection, and a great app (Bible class-ers almost always a tablet).

Where the problem in the pizza example, and the Hyundai example, is 'the books'. Once you commit, the book format discourages switching. Folks on this forum don't like complainers, telling them to switch .... as if it's a real choice.  True, at the start, for goodness sakes, don't buy Logos. But after you're locked in, pricing is a valid question. I think.

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:24 PM

Denise:

PetahChristian:

Perhaps you rely on tagging more than you know, and the value of tagging lets the program accomplish a great deal that wouldn't as easily or quickly be possible otherwise?

Petah, you have a bad habit of second-guessing suspiciously intelligent people. I think I'm pretty sure I use little tagging, since my Logos rarely gets used. I read.

When you mentioned buying Logos resources (and subsiding tagging), I assumed you actually used Logos but didn't see the value of tags. My fault!

You're right, Denise, Logos (and its tagged books) would be very expensive, if someone just wanted to read (or do text searches, which other ebook readers can do)!

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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Cynthia in Florida | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:27 PM

PetahChristian:

Cynthia in Florida:

I like to edit my pictures, but I'm not a professional and I don't need my pictures for any other reason than personal use.  So, when I looked at purchasing a picture editing program, I chose the inexpensive Adobe Photoshop.  It was a whopping 79.00 and did more than I needed, so when it came time for upgrades, I dropped it and went to the free Picasa, which does everything I need. 

Unfortunately the Logos version of a book can only be used by Logos, the Olive Tree version of a book can only be used by Olive Tree, and so on. Anyone who buys the Cadillac of Bible Study programs (or wanted to upgrade to Logos) would need to buy the same books a second time if they wanted to switch to a (better or) cheaper or free program.


Hello Petah: 

Very true...but that's true of ALL of the Bible study software programs, so we can't just pick on Logos, right? :)

Cynthia

Romans 8:28-38

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Cynthia in Florida | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 1:35 PM

Denise:

Cynthia, I agree on your logic visa viz software.  And certainly, Olivetree (Hyundai!) is who I recommend for good pricing, decent selection, and a great app (Bible class-ers almost always a tablet).

Where the problem in the pizza example, and the Hyundai example, is 'the books'. Once you commit, the book format discourages switching. Folks on this forum don't like complainers, telling them to switch .... as if it's a real choice.  True, at the start, for goodness sakes, don't buy Logos. But after you're locked in, pricing is a valid question. I think.

Thanks for your response, Denise.  I agree with everything you said. 

But continuing with the Cadillac example, if I purchase a Cadillac over a Hyundai, I expect to pay for premium gas, higher priced upkeep to keep it running like a Cadillac, and expect repairs to be much more than a Hyundai, no?  Also, I don't expect my Cadillac parts to work on a Hyundai or Hyundai parts to work in a Cadillac, right? :)  No, I'm locked into a Cadillac, and I don't blame anyone else for my decision to purchase it or having to pay for upkeep or how expensive it is to repair it.  I purchased a Cadillac, plain and simple, because I want(ed) the benefits and quality of a Cadillac. If I changed my mind, I don't blame Cadillac.  I either sell it (which I understand you can do with Logos) and purchase something else, or I CHOOSE to maintain it by investing as much money into it as I believe I need  or want to in order to keep it running as I want/need.  

Also, as I stated to Petah, we can't really fault Logos that the resources are not interchangeable, right?  That's true for all of the programs.  Also, isn't that the way it is when we buy a book elsewhere, we buy it through Kindle or Ibooks or Nook based off of which we prefer.  Those aren't interchangeable either! :)

Cynthia

Romans 8:28-38

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 2:02 PM

I guess if indeed you visited the Cadallac dealership, then you signed on to a Cadallac. Though selling your Logos Cadallac might be a serious financial drain.

In my case, I bought a Logos Hyundai ... my package was $300 and change. No 'starter', it had the good stuff. Then I kept adding books. All the while, the Logos dealership kept jacking up prices for the Cadallac crowd!  Whoa there, Betsy.

You'd say, sell my books because new books at Logos are over-priced? Or just stop buying over-priced books! And indeed, I have 3 versions of the Kindle Paperwhite.  The Cadallac folks will have to pay more, absent my subsidies. Joking.

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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Cynthia in Florida | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 2:30 PM

Denise:  I hear you my friend!  I truly do. Smile  I was just trying to show that this is how it is in the real world, no?  And, I also hear that selling the Logos Cadillac might be a serious financial drain, but you know that we never get what we paid for it, from the moment we drive it off the lot.  That's the risk we take in life, and the decision of when or if to bail out and sell our used Cadillac can be gut-wrenching. However, I would think that like a Cadillac, Logos would retain a higher resale value than its "Hyundai" competitors since it offers more with its "luxury" platform than the several other companies that are more similar in its "Hyundai" platform.

I think my personal frustration over this topic (and not with you, I'm speaking generally here) is that in some complaints, there is a nudge to make us feel bad that we have spent "all this money" on the program and their prices keep going up, and ....yada yada yada.    No one forced me to purchase ANY of the resources I own.  NO ONE.  I put in my credit card number and I hit the purchase buttons.  If I spend too much, I don't blame Logos or customers or developers or publishers, or even Bob.  I blame myself!

As always Denise, I enjoy chatting with you and hearing your thoughts.  You keep me thinking, let me tell you! Smile

Cynthia

Romans 8:28-38

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 3:07 PM

In the final analysis, are you going to be asked what you paid for Logos or what you did with it?

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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Cynthia in Florida | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 3:19 PM

mab:

In the final analysis, are you going to be asked what you paid for Logos or what you did with it?

Is there a "Like" button?

Cynthia

Romans 8:28-38

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 3:35 PM

Denise:
And indeed, I have 3 versions of the Kindle Paperwhite.

Sadly, I have 3 iPhones and 2 iPads. Crying I figure it costs me between $2,500-$3,000/year to make iOS apps, which is more than I've spent on Logos.

When you add up all the costs an independent software developer can incur for hardware, software, conferences, books, artwork, language translation services, Logos is cheap in comparison.

I'd rather give away apps and let them be a blessing to others, but I actually can't afford to, anymore. The reality is that Logos has been expensive for me, and I've had to start charging for apps that used to be free, to be able to get some additional income to help pay for libraries. Embarrassed

Still, I am very, very thankful for Logos. It has provided me opportunities to learn in ways I never expected.

Thanks to FL for including Carta and a Hebrew audio bible in Logos 9!

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Bruce Roth | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 5:58 PM

Cynthia in Florida:

That being said, I guess I would end with my final question in my previous post.  If there are other companies that offer untagged resources at better prices, and that is all that is needed by a specific user, then why not just go with that company and let Logos do what they do best?  Please indulge me in an example. 

Cynthia,

I am with you in most cases I don't need the tagging as such in most resources. 

I have been with Logos for many years and I came to them as a "reluctant" customer mainly because of their cost.  I was quite content with the other software packages.  I am at the point in the past year where I purchased some resources in OT as these weren't available in Logos and still aren't and there were a couple that were significantly cheaper.  I look at these are mainly resources that I would read like those on my Kindle.  It is a mild frustration to have some resources in one app and some in another app. 

If it is a book that I mainly want to read, I'll take the lower priced Kindle, especially when on sale.  But if I want it for some referencing ability I'll get it in Logos if available.  I understand the pricing issues for a company like Logos and they have a significant amount of my monies over the years.  It is kind of like having two cars.  I have my Cadillac and keep it up by adding to it but I also have my Hyundai for other purposes.  It is the American way; have two cars, have two Bible Study tools.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 6:32 PM

Cynthia in Florida:

mab:

In the final analysis, are you going to be asked what you paid for Logos or what you did with it?

Is there a "Like" button?

Thanks Yes

The mind of man is the mill of God, not to grind chaff, but wheat. Thomas Manton | Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow. Richard Baxter

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Catherine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 6 2017 7:47 PM

Great answer Yes

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 7 2017 5:36 PM

Cynthia in Florida:

DAL:  As usual, you find a way to disagree.

First, you are entitled to your opinion.

Second, don't flatter yourself so much as to think your opinion "burst my bubble."

Third, who are you to tell me I'm blindly refusing to see the truth? What arrogance! 

Fourth, my days of trying to hold a conversation with you are over, because your responses are, for the most part, irrational, inflammatory, and arrogant!

Fifth, and finally, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.  So, rather than driving myself insane with trying to hold a rational conversation with an irrational person, I am choosing, for the first time on these boards, to just "shake off the dust" and ignore a poster. 

Moving on...

LOL I like you Cynthia, but seems like you ate melodramatic salad while I was gone.

First, I don't always disagree.

Second, sorry to burst your bubble again, but your Cadilla vs Hyundai illustration is not a good one either.  Cadillac doesn't sell unfinished cars that will get finished later (as Logos has admitted many times in the past - feels almost like we're paying to beta test everything - which is fine, I don't mind).

Third, I tell you you're blind because you are, that doesn't mean I'm arrogant, that means I'm telling you the truth.  If you wanna go and use the "don't judge card" then you have serious interpretation issues.  There's an issue with improperly tagged resources that keeps getting bigger every time, and if you want to ignore that for whatever reason, then you're blinding yourself to something everybody else is seeing (even Denise), except  you..:-)

Fourth, since when have you and I have had conversations...never! You comment here, I comment here, everybody else comments here, that's what everybody does, they're not actual conversations - sorry to burst your bubble again.

Fifth, come on, you take things to serious and personal.  No need to go insane, why? what would be the point?

If you actually read my posts and were rational about it, then you would find out that I'm not against Logos entirely.  After all, it's my main software and I've invested a lot on it.  My main point is the SOME, NOT ALL resources are way overpriced and even some MVP's have agreed to that (read the entire thread again), because it's true.  The tagging issue is not a valid one because they don't get properly tagged to begin with.

So...yeah, chill, you worry too much and take things too personal.  That's not healthy.  Have fun and enjoy the ride.  Don't worry, I'll dismiss your inflammatory post as you having an off day.  No hard feelings...;-) I love you!

Moving on...

DAL

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Danny Jackson Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 7 2018 7:34 AM

My problem with the cost is that I could get a book provided through Logos much cheaper through Kindle, but the Kindle version is harder to navigate. I could get a hard copy version for the price Logos offers books at.

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 7 2018 9:38 AM

Danny Jackson Jr.:

I could get a hard copy version for the price Logos offers books at.

Yes, many times this is true... but -

Imagine having over 7,000 hard copy of books on your library shelf at home.  And now you want to do a study on a topic.  You will have to manually pull books (and this even assumes you know which books have something to say about that topic), open them up to the various places that address your topic, then pin the book down while you type copy the material you want (and then correct your typos), and then repeat the process with the next book.  Who has that kind of time?  I guess if you are Dr. Strange, you can do this with no problems, but for us mere mortals without extraordinary gifts, it is SO much easier to type in the topic, and let the software search all the books that have something to say about your topic, and then pull a screen up that allows you to read a quick preview of the find and if you choose, click on the resource and jump right to the find. Then you can copy and paste, and wa la, you have your copy (with citation!).  Like having the Flash working as your personal assistant.

That is why I continue to invest in Logos and not hard copies.  In fact, I have slowly pursued getting copies in Logos that I actually do own in physical form for this very reason.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 7 2018 2:59 PM

Danny Jackson Jr.:
My problem with the cost is that I could get a book provided through Logos much cheaper through Kindle, but the Kindle version is harder to navigate

Try performing the study Michael outlined with Kindle books. Logos is expensive—if you have no use for a book except to read it. For serious study, you need tools like those in Logos.

I know that—in the past—gifted people completed even more complex studies without electronic assistance, but few os us mere mortals have the abilities and patience of someone like A. T. Robertson Stick out tongue

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 7 2018 3:34 PM

Danny Jackson Jr.:

My problem with the cost is that I could get a book provided through Logos much cheaper through Kindle, but the Kindle version is harder to navigate. I could get a hard copy version for the price Logos offers books at.

We are forgetting our manners. Welcome to the forums Danny. Smile

You are entitled to your opinion. As for me, I have an extensive library in Logos well over 14,000 books. I also have an extensive Kindle library some 1,500 books most of which I read for pleasure. I have a dwindling hard copy library some 300 books. I spend most of my time researching and doing devotions in Logos. As has been said you cannot duplicate the researching power Logos has compared to either Kindle or hard copy. I intend to add to all three categories of resources I own. But, I buy more Logos books and to a lesser extent Kindle books than hard copy. I buy hard copy when the resource is unavailable in the other formats.

Peace

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glenn59@comcast.net | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 14 2019 7:32 PM

AMEN!

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