Mega Pack - what are the best titles, and why? Convince me to spend the money (or disuade me).

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 21 2013 10:57 AM

My dynamic pricing is 390$ - is there enough stuff in this package to warrant me spending what little cash I have on it?

That is the question I am trying to answer, and while I know you can't answer for me directly, since you don't know me, my preferences and tastes, I'm asking you guys to tell me what your favorite resource in the mega pack is and why.

This way maybe I can weed through some of the chaff and see if there is enough items of quality to make the rather large (for my budget) purchase.

Thanks in advance!

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Donovan R. Palmer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 11:19 AM

I watch CP, so I had already purchased some of these titles when they made the first round. So initially it was not an attractive list to me. However, I wrote sales and they sent me a list of what would be added and that helped me with my analysis in spotting a few things I would consider if the price was right.  If you do this, that might help you in your decision making process.

Author and topics are very preferential, so it is hard to comment on what might appeal to you.  I will say that if you do general research, these deals are usually pretty good for 'feeding' Logos some inexpensive data to search through when you are doing a research project.  Anything less than a $1.50 per volume, if I can afford it, starts to become a consideration for me under this purpose alone.  This mega deal volumes were running .79 cents each for me under dynamic pricing. I doubt you will see this material hit sub-$1 per volume any time soon.

At least for my research, more than once I have been doing searches and found some gold that I did not realise I had or understood the importance of.  So if I can afford it, I don't mind seriously considering these cheap deals when they pop up. It is really each to his/her own needs though.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 11:44 AM

Donovan - what is your favorite resource in the mega pack and why?

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 12:26 PM

I picked it up because I wanted the Whitefield resources. Overall I received 83 resources for $76.  The Whitefield by itself is $199.  

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Donn Arms | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 3:12 PM

My CP is $359. The only thing that calls out to me from this package is Lorraine Boettner. If you do not have the Cambridge Greek NT then you should grab this!

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 4:28 PM

Same here Donn, that the only thing that calls out to me. The other stuff I already have or am not interested in.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 5:42 PM

If I had $399 to spend, it would not be on this bundle.  A lot of the material is out dated and came from CP.  I would rather prefer something more current.  Now if they had said we'll offer the Classic Commentaries Bundle for $399 then yeah, I guess I would've spent that kind of money on it, but mixed old stuff and some times has no value in terms of how much I'll be using it, nah, I think I'll pass.  Then again, this is just me -- I would spend the $399 on something else.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 9:23 PM

Added 71 Logos resources to Library, including:

After purchase, noticed some wish list items now had gray buttons: two items had regular prices that was more then 500 Mega Pack dynamic upgrade.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 9:25 PM

Thanks for all the input folks, keep it coming :)

Dal - I talked to my salesman Rusty about that aspect of it - the CC&S total collection will go down in price by about 300$ because of this purchase (for me). He says thats highly individualized and others may get more or less mileage.

However, it looks like I get about 430 titles, for 390$ with 300$ coming off the price of the CC&S series... This is increasingly hard to pass up.

The whitefield titles have been on my radar for a while now too...

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 10:59 PM

I had similar feelings to you. I was adamant I wouldn't buy this set - but I've wanted the Whitefield and Lightfoot material for a while. The combined price of these two sets alone was very close to my dynamic price - and I got several hundred extra volumes too! My dynamic price was giving me a per volume cost of $0.75. Even if a lot of this will be library filler material, I was willing to pay my dynamic price for the stuff I did want, and the considerable extra resources that would come with it. 

I jumped in last night! 

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 21 2013 11:41 PM

Paul-C:
I had similar feelings to you. I was adamant I wouldn't buy this set - but I've wanted the Whitefield and Lightfoot material for a while. The combined price of these two sets alone was very close to my dynamic price - and I got several hundred extra volumes too! My dynamic price was giving me a per volume cost of $0.75. Even if a lot of this will be library filler material, I was willing to pay my dynamic price for the stuff I did want, and the considerable extra resources that would come with it. 

That was exactly my experience. I know it's all stuff that's in the public domain, but it's most quality material. It's particularly good for those who are interested in puritan and related works, and in 19th century biblical scholarship. Initially I felt I already had most of the good stuff: I quickly spotted three sets that have been on my wishlist for a while:

  • The Whole Works of the Rev. John Lightfoot
  • The Works of the Rev. Isaac Watts
  • The William Mitchell Ramsay Collection (I had 10 of the 16 volumes)

My price was less than the cost of one of those collections. I didn't even read the rest of the list, before I purchased. Now I have the volumes in my library, I can see that I received a total of 143 volumes for $120.

Looking through the collection overall, the highlights I think are:

Puritan and other reformed works:

19th/early 20thcentury Biblical Scholarship

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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 4:47 AM

I'm really torn on this too. I don't need to be spending $400 on more books right now, but there's a lot of good stuff here I don't want to pass up. What stands out to me are von Harnack, Ritschl, and Wellhausen, all of whom were already on my wishlist, plus the Anabaptist collection, Schweitzer, and the works of Arminius and Whitefield. I'm a theologian, and these will fill in some gaps in my library quite nicely. Also as I'm a theologian, I have almost nothing in the way of commentaries in Logos, so the ones offered here would be a cheap way to help fill out that deficiency.

What tears me is that most, if not all, are available in PD on the 'net--is it worth spending the money? Getting them in Logos is primarily for convenience, but to be honest, I rarely hunt around on the 'net for them even when I know they're there. If I get them on Logos I'm far more likely to actually use them. Oh well, I've got a few more days to make up my mind.

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Stephen McCracken | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 5:50 AM

abondservant:
the CC&S total collection

What's CC&S? Thanks

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Mathew Haferkamp | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 6:11 AM

Hi Stephen, I believe the CC&S stands for "Classic Commentaries and Studies" but I believe he is referring to this collection https://www.logos.com/product/33554/the-complete-classic-commentaries-bundle

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Matthew Langlois | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 7:28 AM

DAL:

If I had $399 to spend, it would not be on this bundle.  A lot of the material is out dated and came from CP.  I would rather prefer something more current.  Now if they had said we'll offer the Classic Commentaries Bundle for $399 then yeah, I guess I would've spent that kind of money on it, but mixed old stuff and some times has no value in terms of how much I'll be using it, nah, I think I'll pass.  Then again, this is just me -- I would spend the $399 on something else.

DAL

I agree, for $399 I would be more interested in new sources of research such as the ACC, Sacra Pagina or Berit Olam. Cutting edge research for about the same or less price. I already have Hermeneia, Continental Commentary, all three of the Anchor Yale Series, Gottingen LXX, Aramaic Bible Series and the Ugaritic Library as examples of what it is I want in my library.

I am sure there are some gems in this bundle, but not much interested. This, of course, is my opinion. For example, I was considering the Classic Commentary Bundle, but could have all of Hermeneia, the ACC, and Sacra Pagina for less, and it is ALL cutting edge research. In my opinion, a no brainer. Of course, it depends on how you want to build your library. I, therefore; would dissuade you from purchasing this if you want a more focused, cutting edge library.

I am still happy Logos has done this for the community though.

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Fabrice | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 10:35 AM

Personally I am not interested because most of them are available for free (because of expired copyright). I prefer recent works that make critics about older literature. Most of the old books do not take into account recent findings and don't integrate the Dead Sea Scrolls for example. 

Also ... I already have the Platinum + Reference bundle + ... and it's largely sufficient for a whole life of studies!

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Mihai Vinatoru | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 10:45 AM

Downloading 1.12 GB of updates :)

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 11:30 AM

Though I don't like the fact that most of them are free public domain stuffs.. specially before 1900

there's one I like Numerical Bible

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 11:34 AM

mike:

Though I don't like the fact that most of them are free public domain stuffs.. specially before 1900

there's one I like Numerical Bible

But being in the Logos format with Logos tagging is great, especially for the price.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 22 2013 11:49 AM

Personally not interested. There are way too many authors out there who seem to feel posterity needed to read fifty plus volumes they wrote. I don't have time for this and have a hard time understanding how anyone does. To each his own. 

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