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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 11 2019 7:02 AM

I want to create a list of books and courses to study on a particular topic.  The idea is to create a sequence for study and keep track of which resources I have completed and which are yet to be completed. I am thinking of using layouts for this.  Is there a better way in Logos to do this?

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 11 2019 1:57 PM

The way I keep track of books I want to read like this is to use tags like BooksToRead-Topic and retag them when finished e.g. BooksFinished-Topic. I think that would do what you are looking for other than determining a sequence to read them. Unless you have a massive list you can just choose which one you want to read each time you finish one. Might that work for you?

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 11 2019 2:58 PM

Michael Kinch:
I want to create a list of books and courses to study on a particular topic.  The idea is to create a sequence for study and keep track of which resources I have completed and which are yet to be completed. I am thinking of using layouts for this.  Is there a better way in Logos to do this?

Logos has a Reading Lists feature that does exactly what you want. It includes checkboxes to mark off when you've finished each reading. They are not private reading lists, though. They can be edited by all Logos users, and are stored on the website https://topics.logos.com.

Read about them here and here.

You might find that someone else has already made a reading list on that topic. Don't create a new one if one already exists, but you can add to it if you have other ideas of readings/courses to be on that list. The feature was created back in Logos 6 before courses existed, so probably not many of the extant reading lists include courses on them.

It would be nice if there were a way to make a private reading list just for your own study.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 11 2019 5:30 PM

Rosie Perera:
Logos has a Reading Lists feature that does exactly what you want.

I keep forgetting that this feature exists because I never use it.

Rosie Perera:
It would be nice if there were a way to make a private reading list just for your own study.

To me this is a "must" feature to make it useful for customized personal study. The absence of it is the primary reason why I don't use it.

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 11 2019 5:30 PM

A "low tech" solution would be to use Favorites.  Just create a folder for each subject.  Make a subfolder for candidates to be read.  Make another subfolder to hold links to the books you have finished.  A third subfolder, or the main level of the subject folder, can be used for books currently being read.  As you progress through the book replace the link to the book in this last folder by dragging the tab to favorites.  This will keep your place where you were reading.

Candidates to be read can include individual articles from journals or chapters in resources.  Just position the open resource to the desired content and drag the tab to the favorites folder.  For individual articles or chapters you may wish to rename the link in favorites with an appropriate name other than "name of journal".

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 11 2019 6:00 PM

Bruce Dunning:

Rosie Perera:
It would be nice if there were a way to make a private reading list just for your own study.

To me this is a "must" feature to make it useful for customized personal study. The absence of it is the primary reason why I don't use it.

Ditto. I had a look on the Topics website to see if there'd been much activity of people updating Reading Lists in the past few years, and there has not been. This seems to be another orphan feature that Faithlife didn't care enough about to make truly usable. And alas I fear that the fact that it hasn't been used much will give them documented "proof" that it isn't worth putting more energy into developing further. M.J. Smith was a champion of Reading Lists for a while and made a lot of good ones. And a few others spent a lot of time working on them. But nobody seems to know about them, so the efforts seem to have pretty much stopped. I hope it doesn't die a slow and excruciating death from atrophy like some of the other features that could really have been great (e.g., Handouts).

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 12 2019 5:52 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, very much appreciated. I agree Logos should have a better way of doing this.  Basically what I want to do is devise a study curriculum and work my way through it.  A personal book would also work.  It would also allow you to reference websites and resources outside of Logos. It would serve as my personal study journal. I could then copy it into a draft email and then I would have access to it from any computer.  I could post it on my website as an alternative.  I am thinking that my website might be the answer with a link in favorites in Logos.  

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