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04 August 2008
  Gathering Thoughts on Collecting More Electronic Books
Opinions on Purchasing Logos E-books

Logos Bible SoftwareI usually keep a closer eye on upcoming releases but just realized that the Logos release of Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament has less than two weeks on its pre-release price of $199.95. Therefore, although it’s somewhat dated and, IMO, has its own flaws, and since I already have it in hardcover, do I venture purchase at this price?

At earlier stages of development, we find a couple other titles that particularly interest me. First, the Northwestern Publishing House Electronic Library is on prepublication pricing for $399.95. How would you evaluate the dollar-worth of this set? The only component I currently own is the Triglotta.

Finally, I’m pondering the purchase of one of the greatest “graduates” of the Ivy League — the legendary Five Foot Shelf of Books coupled with noted works of fiction in the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection, pre-pub priced at $99.95.

How would you prioritize these collections? I welcome comments on “necessity” and bang-for-buck. Also, do you have other suggestions or evaluations of the various works listed under either the prepublication or the community pricing programs?

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Unless you have unlimited funds I would shy away from works like the Harvard Classics. The reason is those are books I would simply read in Logos. I wouldn't get any use out of cross reference the rest of my library or using any of the language or other reference works. I would simply read the books. That being the case you can get free ebooks for everything in the Harvard set and just read them in adobe pdf reader or mobi pocket reader etc depending on the format. I would prioritize my Logos purchases on commentaries and other reference works.

Just a humble opinion.
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