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Jason Duke | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Nov 26 2021 9:54 PM

I don't have $1000 dollar to spend on this software and was wondering what the best free software that would be similar to this is? To foster discussion please state the pros & cons and why your suggestion is the best.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 8:19 AM

Welcome Jason, to the user forums!

Jason Duke:
I don't have $1000 dollar to spend on this software and was wondering what the best free software that would be similar to this is?

https://www.logos.com/product/194909/logos-9-basic

Running Logos 9 latest (beta) version on Win 10

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 10:06 AM

Jason, welcome!

Over the past few years, I have slowly been using Logos more, and other software less.

My first investment in Logos was not a Biblical resource, but one that I intended to use to help me write a paper for a SECULAR general education class at my community college. I cite the Britannica Great Books set a lot when I write academic papers, and the most affordable and convenient set was the Logos set, which is half price this weekend.

https://verbum.com/product/55052/great-books-of-the-western-world

As well as secular papers, Logos is a lot easier to use to write papers for religious classes at accredited schools that have the same type of citation requirements as secular schools.

I still use my other software for my own private study, and study that I need outside of accredited academia. At some point that might change, or it might not. God is in control of my finances and what jobs he assigns to me to complete. It is His job to supply me with what I need to do what He wants, and not my job to fret over it all, or weaken myself trying to do more than He assigned.

There is a free version of Logos and also a free version of Verbum. You can purchase and read books in the free versions like you can read books in the Free Kindle app. As well as read books, there are some free search tools and guides beyond simply reading your books. Every month, Logos and Verbum give away free books. The books from both sites can be read in both softwares.

I personally prefer the the free and Fundamentals versions of Verbum to Logos. I think Verbum at the entry level offers more features, guides, tools, etc. Verbum is generally Catholic and Logos is generally Protestant, but it is not quite that simple or black and white.

Fundamantal packages for new users are $100.00, but if you search or ask around, someone can probably link you to a 50% off coupon. A Fundamantals package for $50.00 is a good bargain! A free/Fundamantals package and the free books each month is all some people will need. Especially to supplement another free software full of free public domain titles.

Verbum Fundamantals

https://verbum.com/product/204593/verbum-9-fundamentals

Another issue to consider is that many of us that struggle to afford Logos, also struggle to own the hardware needed to run powerful software. Right now the government is giving away free wifi, and often the providers of this temporary free wifi will supply you with a refurbished laptop or desktop at a special discount what is powerful enough to run logos.

I am on a extremely low income. I sleep on a blow up mattress, and live in such primitive housing that I have to lug drinking water home from half a mile away because I cannot drink what comes from the tap. But I have invested in Logos. God is preparing me for something. Logos is increasingly becoming part of my preparation.

May the Lord guide you!

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Kathleen Marie | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 10:49 AM

Here is the link to the free Verbum Basic.

https://verbum.com/product/195715/verbum-9-basic

And I am reposting the link to the free Logos Basic

https://www.logos.com/product/194909/logos-9-basic

"Buy" both free softwares. "Buy" all the free resources at Verbum and Logos and Faithlife that you find that you want.

Verbum Free Book of the month

https://verbum.com/monthly-sale#free

Logos Free Book of the month

https://www.logos.com/free-book-of-the-month

Logos Top 10 Free

https://www.logos.com/top-10-free-logos-resources

Free Faithlife Books

https://ebooks.faithlife.com/search?context=product&sortBy=PriceLow&limit=15&filters=Live_Status&page=1&ownership=all&geographicAvailability=availableToMe

Now download and install either Logos OR Verbum Basic, and see all the free stuff that you have.

If you like what you see, and you want to learn how to use it, post again asking for links to free training. Once you get going, you will be able to learn from both the Verbum and Logos videos, for either software. They are not that different.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Nov 27 2021 11:13 AM

Jason Duke:

I don't have $1000 dollar to spend on this software and was wondering what the best free software that would be similar to this is? To foster discussion please state the pros & cons and why your suggestion is the best.

+1 Yes Welcome Big Smile

Concur with recommendation for free Logos 9 Basic & Verbum 9 Basic plus free books. 

Search on Logos.com for unowned free resources => https://www.logos.com/search?query=price%3A0&sortBy=Savings&limit=60&page=1&filters=status-live_Status&ownership=unowned&geographicAvailability=availableToMe

Search on Verbum.com for unowned free resources => https://verbum.com/search?query=price%3A0&sortBy=Savings&limit=60&page=1&ownership=unowned&geographicAvailability=availableToMe

Caveat: Cloud subscriptions are free for the first month. Resources can be rented for use in software so large upfront purchase is not needed. Faithlife offers a number of free fiction books.

Academic Basic is also free for students & faculty at a Bible College or Seminary => https://www.logos.com/academic-basic

 

Kathleen Marie:

Logos Fundamentals

https://www.logos.com/product/195714/logos-9-fundamentals

Fundamentals are excellent initial purchases, which can have sale pricing of $49.99 (so could buy both Logos 9 & Verbum 9 Fundamentals for $99.98)

Keep Smiling Smile

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 30 2021 5:39 AM

Good links!

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Nov 30 2021 6:21 AM

Jason Duke:

I don't have $1000 dollar to spend on this software and was wondering what the best free software that would be similar to this is? To foster discussion please state the pros & cons and why your suggestion is the best.

Or you could use e-sword. Lots of free resources, has a word processor to write sermons and it’s easier to use. At some point you’ll still have to pay for premium resources like BECNT, PNTC and others.

DAL

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 1 2021 6:54 AM

Jason Duke:

I don't have $1000 dollar to spend on this software and was wondering what the best free software that would be similar to this is? To foster discussion please state the pros & cons and why your suggestion is the best.

You can always get the basic version and then piecemeal resources. Get the free book of the month every month. Wait for sales. The starter base package is only $249, not $1,000. You can also do Faithlife Connect.

Pricing | Faithlife Connect

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Thomas Pape | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 1 2021 7:13 AM

please don't forget: User Contributed Personal Books (logos.com)

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