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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 5:57 AM

 

Kenneth McGuire:
Aland Synopsis

That's in even the lowest of the Verbum packages. You should at least check out what your upgrade price would be, especially if you don't own the ECF (which are also in the lowest package). Note:

  • You need to go to the product pages to see your discount.
  • You can get an extra 15% off with a coupon code.
  • They say you'll get 25% through a sales rep.
  • Take into consideration that your Crossgrade price should drop if you buy this first.

Actually, the top package Capstone is a bit of a Catholic-Jewish OLL on steroids. If one hasn't already bought almost everything in it at much higher prices (like I have Crying), it's absolutely amazing. It's got loads of heavy language stuff, including TDNT, BDAG, Liddell & Scott, the DSS Study Edition, and Philo, Josephus and the Pseudepigrapha in Greek. Plus the UBS Handbooks. Plus all (?) the Jewish stuff from Portfolio. Plus the PBI OT and NT Collections, the Second Temple Period Collection, the Gnostic & Apocryphal Studies Collection, a couple of JSNTS collections, and several others. Plus the Newman, Chesterton, Ratzinger and von Balthasar Collections. Plus Papal and Church documents. Plus lots of Patristic, Medieval and Reformation stuff. Plus plus plus. And all for pennies on the dollar. If I hadn't already payed close to $1,200 this year alone for resources that now turn out to be included for on average $2 a piece, I would have been dancing like those spirit-filled bananas for three weeks straight by now.

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Luigi Sam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 6:13 AM

fgh:

I'm more and more getting the impression that in non-financial matters Logos is a ministry. They know very well that most customers never buy anything but a base package, so if those base packages lean heavily in one direction, users are automatically going to slide over in that direction. 

Isn't it a bit sad that a 'Bible alone' believing company won't let people actually study the Bible alone, without having a specific theology pushed down their throats?

 

It might also be a bit that way due to the public domain resources revamped for the logos platform being less costly to create per dollar - and a longer list is generated per package type due to this..

I didn't think about it from your point of view tho.   for bible software I'd like language stuff + as many references materials (Bible focussed not novels) from multiple perspectives. the languages stuff isn't an option to me.. but I'd not choose the extremely 'hardcore boring looking ones like bdag...'  but i do want the hardcore useful ones.

 

 

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 6:22 AM

Thank you Milford! I did not deserve such a rich discussion. First I knew Canada probably didn't have 'our' Thanksgiving since their early settlers didn't wear pilgrim hats.  I don't know why they're called that ... early artist renderings?  Second I had no idea Canada's Thanksgiving was kind of spread out (which makes sense, since the agricultural areas are quite large). But third, I didn't know the mix of organized religion had declined more than here .... especially since we're the nutty people!!

But thank you ... your trees are gorgeous. We're  in northern Arkansas (War Eagle Creek near the flour mill) and the trees have already turned. So it's nice to see yours!


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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 6:44 AM

fgh:

Kenneth McGuire:
Aland Synopsis

That's in even the lowest of the Verbum packages. You should at least check out what your upgrade price would be, especially if you don't own the ECF (which are also in the lowest package). Note:

  • You need to go to the product pages to see your discount.
  • You can get an extra 15% off with a coupon code.
  • They say you'll get 25% through a sales rep.
  • Take into consideration that your Crossgrade price should drop if you buy this first.

 

I have looked at getting/adding one of the Catholic packages.  Unfortunately the money isn't there for me now, but the Catholic packages have been more interesting to me for a while.  But I am a weird Lutheran who was teaching a study of the Apostolic Fathers and was tired of going to a local college library to read ABD (AYBD now) and after comparing prices decided to save money by getting the computer edition.  While that was on the way, I saw that a cheap E-bible edition at the local Christian Bookstore would integrate with the Anchor, as well as add some more English bibles for comparison purposes.  After using these for a bit, I realized it could do more with more and got OLL.

I am not at all sure if I would have gotten into Logos with the present offerings, even as I marvel at the diversity of materials for the platform.  What I have will do well for me for a while, I just wonder if the next "me" would pick Logos.  I went back to the school I attended and saw a couple community computers in the Library with the competitor's product in the exegetical reference section.  While I understand 1) how that competitor has traditionally been a bit more efficient at "hard-core" exegesis, and 2) Logos' license model, it saddens me that Logos was not more visible when there are so many books - including very high level, technical works, that are able to be tied together with it.

As a side note, it always gives me a chuckle when people seem to think the only theological options out there are Calvinism and Arminianism...  There is so much more out there.

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Bob Pritchett | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 7:38 AM

tom:
I am wondering why this package is not being offered to the general public?

There's no theological conspiracy here. Original Languages simply sold very few units, and it didn't fit the "each package is a super-set of the previous package" hierarchy. We felt it introduced more confusion than clarity in purchase process / comparison charts. (And I think we made this decision before we established the dynamic pricing engine.) As you've pointed out, we do have a new "Biblical Languages" package which we're offering via academic sales, which is where almost all Original Languages sales happened.

We may offer it via the web site in the future; I expect we may even have other specialized collections. But whatever they are, you can be sure we aren't pushing a particular theological position; we're just trying to meet the market needs.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 7:49 AM

Room4more:
I strongly disagree. There are many who do not, by choice, want all the ‘fillers’ that make up a package.

What do you strongly disagree with? Did I not say the same thing?

alabama24:
I think the original languages package fit a certain demographic well... 

I called the Original Languages package an "Odd Duck" because it was… By calling it an "Odd Duck" I was not saying that it was a bad thing. By reading me in context, you would have known that. The Original Languages package was an "Odd Duck" because it didn't fit the pattern of all of the other packages (which build upon one another).

Room4more:
There are no problems, that I am aware of, concerning an upgrade from an OL package.

By "problems," I mean confusion. I have read many threads by owners of the Original Languages package who were confused about upgrading, or who were wondering why they didn't have certain resources or features in their software… I think that the Prayer List feature was left out of the package, but I may be mistaken on that.

Again… I am not agreeing with the decision. I am not saying that there wasn't a good use for the package. I am not saying that it shouldn't return. I simply suggested one reason why Logos might want to get rid of the package. 

EDIT: Bob posted while I was writing my reply. I think he summed up what I was trying to say. I guess my speculation was right after all. Stick out tongue

Bob Pritchett:
There's no theological conspiracy here. Original Languages simply sold very few units, and it didn't fit the "each package is a super-set of the previous package" hierarchy. We felt it introduced more confusion than clarity in purchase process / comparison charts.

 

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 8:41 AM

Kenneth McGuire:
I am a weird Lutheran

I think I'm probably a weirder one.Big Smile

Kenneth McGuire:
it always gives me a chuckle when people seem to think the only theological options out there are Calvinism and Arminianism...

I've spent years on theological studies, and I can't remember even hearing about Arminianism until I started reading these forums... Looking it up now, I see that our 400+ page introductory book on church history spend exactly 3 sentences on the Arminian-Calvinist controversy. 

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 9:03 AM

tom:

I am wondering why this package is not being offered to the general public?

The OL package was great for those of us who were not part of the protestant "evangelical" movement within the united states because it didn't have all the (IMHO) junk (apologetics, theology, and counseling to name just three categories).

It appears to me that Logos is treating its non "protestant evangelical movement" customers as second class customers (AGAIN) by taking away the only package that fits our needs.

I started buying resources a la carte, but eventually I got the OL package.  I did branch out beyond that, but I think an OL package would be ideal for many.  I didn't "upgrade" to one of  the new packages because I didn't want all o the counselling, hermeneutics and ministerial resources included in most of them.  I'm sure there are others who feel similarly.  Perhaps we could have an interlinear-free zone too.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 9:09 AM

fgh:

  • You're pushing away the Jewish market.
  • You're pushing away related secular markets: linguistics, Near Eastern studies, etc.
  • You're pushing away Christians that don't feel at home in either the American Evangelical or the Catholic camps.
  • You're pushing away people who simply want a Bible software for language related work, not for reading.
  • I disagree with your conclusion. Just because some do not want certain resources should not require the abolition of such resources. I personally find the Hebrew language materials of little use because I am not adept at Hebrew (yet!) but I would never feel "pushed away" because Logos offers these resources to those who are skilled in Hebrew. The availability of some lectionaries does not put me off either. I know some Logos users can't stand the apologetics offerings.

    The products list remind me of Milford's cornucopia picture; something in the mix should interest most users. 

     

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    Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 23 2012 11:14 AM

    That's not a good counter-example, since Hebrew is not denominational. I happen to be in the boat described. I have never purchased a package because I don't want all the Protestant fluff. OL is the only package I ever considered. I have sometimes thought about jumping over to Accordance, as their packages include Judaic packages and ANE materials instead of counseling, church planting, etc. But I have too much invested in Logos now to do so. I just wanted to speak up and reaffirm the previous point. I also know other people in my boat who have made the choice for Accordance instead of Logos for just those reasons. 

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    BKMitchell | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 25 2012 2:31 AM

    Hello Alabama24

    alabama24:
    I called the Original Languages package an "Odd Duck" because it was… By calling it an "Odd Duck" I was not saying that it was a bad thing.

    I have never once heard the term"odd duck" or any phrase with "odd" used in a positive way or as a good thing. It, sounds more like a phrase with negative or even condescending intentions to me. However, I highly appreciate that you took the time to explain yourself though. 

     

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    Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 25 2012 4:12 AM

    Well, BK ... looks like you don't go hunting. (Which is ok).


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    BKMitchell | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 26 2012 2:08 PM

    DMB:

    Well, BK ... looks like you don't go hunting. (Which is ok).

    Would, an odd duck be more tasty or easier to catch?

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    Ryan Collman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 30 2012 5:56 PM

    does anyone have the link to the Biblical Languages package? I am in the academic program and can't even find it...

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    SteveF | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 30 2012 8:34 PM

    Ryan Collman:
    does anyone have the link to the Biblical Languages package?

    I am not awarethat there are any.

    I think you have to get in touch with Logos directly.

     

    Regards, SteveF

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    tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2012 5:05 AM

    Bob Pritchett:

    tom:
    I am wondering why this package is not being offered to the general public?

    There's no theological conspiracy here. Original Languages simply sold very few units, and it didn't fit the "each package is a super-set of the previous package" hierarchy. We felt it introduced more confusion than clarity in purchase process / comparison charts. (And I think we made this decision before we established the dynamic pricing engine.) As you've pointed out, we do have a new "Biblical Languages" package which we're offering via academic sales, which is where almost all Original Languages sales happened.

    We may offer it via the web site in the future; I expect we may even have other specialized collections. But whatever they are, you can be sure we aren't pushing a particular theological position; we're just trying to meet the market needs.

    Bob,

    Thanks for sharing this information.

    I would like to share a personal story.  I was talking with some people from the LGBT community.  They shared with me that some of my language was offensive to them, and they shared why it was offensive.  Did I know that I was being offensive? No.  Did I want to be offensive? No.  Was I being offensive? Yes.

    I believe the same can be said with Logos' base packages.  Do you intend to have a theological bias? No.  Do you intend to package your product to make the most sells? Yes (and this is a good thing).  But by doing this, you are pushing the theological position of the majority of your customers.  Therefore, you do have a theological bias.

    What I am saying about the old OL package and the new BL package is that they did not have the same theological bias, and thus why I purchase that package.

    Several people on this thread stated that they would not have been a Logos customer if it wasn't for the OL package, and I consider myself one of them.

    Therefore, removing the package from public sends a bad message to me - that I do not count.

    You stated that OL was sold mainly through the academic program.  I would also ask you to see who purchased the OL and why the ones who did not upgrade (like me).  I have a funny feeling that we are a customer base that you would like to expand to include.

    Bob, you stated (if I remember correctly) that you were surprised that people who had the OL also wanted the lectionaries.  I believe that this is an indication of who has the old OL and why we have it (we do not want any of the other packages because of the theological bias.)

    Because I had the OL, I have purchased other books from Logos.  I think the same is true with other OL customers.

    I believe the old OL and new BL package is a gateway for new Logos customers.  Therefore, please offer the BL package to the public.

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    Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2012 6:31 AM

    Very well put, Tom.

    I get the feeling from Logos that the Original Languages library is designed for academic settings and that they cannot see the appeal of it to any outside it.  Because they don't understand this appeal, they didn't really market it well and so it didn't sell.  And so they don't sell it at all to the general public.

    I recall many of the Libronix reviews listed on the Logos website by Lutheran publications recommended the Original Languages Library as an excellent deal for parish pastors.  While I am not one, I found it an good deal as well.  For some interesting background to the lectionary issue, take a look at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/LogosForLutherans/message/384

    Perhaps the wisest course of action is to let the dying product die, but as you said, the way they have done so suggests to us that we are not valued.  But if Logos cares about expanding into markets of people who have found this offering to be valuable, Logos should listen to what we say and try to come up with an offering that would appeal to us.

    To use a parish example - I have seen a place where the way we "fixed" a weak youth program was to let it die from lack of participation, which, while it hurt for a while, also inspired people to come out of the woodwork and come up with something MUCH better...

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    Alexander | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2012 6:47 AM

    I am often reminded that feelings and the truth not always align well. I'm in no way trying to downplay how you feel but Bob's statement indicates that the truth of why they are not currently offering it to the public. I am grateful everyone had a great experience and enjoyed OL, but, again, Bob's stated purpose is not to dismiss anyone. Ted, your real life experience with the LGTB community serves this point well. I have witnessed to members of that community. Did they think what I said was offensive? YES! But was it offensive? Only to those who were perishing. I did it with gentleness, love, and concern over their condition. Did they see it that way? Probably not but God did. I think the same thing is happening here. A lot is changing at Logos and it's easy to say they've neglected us for this or that reason. I think we should offer grace and share our opinions (which you have done - thank you for that!) but at the end of the day, live with the reality that this is no personal attack or attempt to shaft a group of people. I think that's the best part of being able to buy just the data sets and then individual works through a sales person - no "theological weight" (if you want to call it that) from a base package but plenty of good deals on what you want to read. Thank you for taking the time to read my response :)

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    Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2012 7:07 AM

    I think Bob is AGAIN, correct. Our pastor frequently points out how wrong headed the scholars, seminaries and (yes) Bible colleges are. By eliminating the OL package (or at least carefully hiding it), this is just one more great step in shutting down the scholarly community.  And not too soon too!  Even the good apostle Paul seemed to be embarassed at sitting at the feet of Gamaliel (according to Luke, but that's just one more scholarly opinion gone wrong).


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    tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2012 7:29 AM

    Kenneth McGuire:
    I recall many of the Libronix reviews listed on the Logos website by Lutheran publications recommended the Original Languages Library as an excellent deal for parish pastors. 

    The OL was also recommended to me in seminary if I was going to purchase a Logos base package.  The reason, I would not use any of the other items (unless I went to gold, and then cost was the factor).

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