Are paper books better than electronic books? It depends on the nature of those books and on how you prefer to read them. I used to think this was a generational thing, but that stereotype doesn’t seem to work. Some folks with gray hair are more technologically savvy than hipsters, and I’m meeting more and more young people who would take a print book over an electronic book any day. Overall sales for print books continue to exceed electronic books.
But I still prefer to have a book in an electronic format because it is more versatile and accessible. For example, I can read an electronic book on my tablet while flying on an airplane or lying down in bed in a dark room; I can display it on a screen via a projector when I am teaching; and I can view it on my phone. The beauty of Logos resources is that they seamlessly sync all of your highlighting and notes across all platforms. So if I am reading a book in Logos format on my iPad and highlight a phrase and add a note to it, that highlighting and note will be visible when I open that book on my MacBook or iPhone.
I have enthusiastically used Logos Bible Software for nearly twenty years, and it keeps getting better. Not only does Logos continue to improve the software, but they continue to add more valuable content. The more content you own in Logos, the more valuable your library becomes—and not more valuable like simple interest but like compound interest. Adding more resources to your Logos library exponentially increases its value because your Logos library is an interconnected system. You can double-click a Hebrew or Greek word in one book and instantly look up that word in the lexicon you most prefer. Or if you are reading a book that cites another book you own in Logos, you can simply click on that other book’s title to jump straight to it.
I currently have over 11,000 resources in my Logos library, and I was happy to add the 127 volumes in the latest Crossway bundle. Crossway published these 127 books between 1990 and 2016, and I already owned 100 of them in other formats because most of the books in this collection are worth owning. They help you do exegesis and theology more responsibly.
There’s not space here to list out all 127 titles, but here are the eighteen collections that make up most of the bundle:
- Christianity and Contemporary Society (3 vols.). Includes Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem.
- Disciplines of Godly Living (3 vols.). Authored or coauthored by Kent Hughes.
- Elyse Fitzpatrick (3 vols.)
- Wayne Grudem (5 vols.). Includes his updated PhD dissertation on NT prophecy.
- Bruce A. Ware (5 vols.)
- Studies on Inerrancy (5 vols.)
- Andreas J. Köstenberger (5 vols.)
- Women’s Ministry (5 vols.)
- Studies on the Trinitarian God (6 vols.)
- Biblical Theology (7 vols.). Includes Peter Gentry and Steve Wellum’s Kingdom through Covenant.
- Christian History (7 vols.)
- Theologians on the Christian Life (8 vols.). A series edited by Steve Nichols and Justin Taylor—historically informed and warmly devotional.
- Studies on the Bible (8 vols.)
- Theology (9 vols.)
- Justification and Salvation (11 vols.)
- Preaching and Ministry (12 vols.)
- Apologetics (12 vols.)
- Christian Life (14 vols.)
The biggest drawback to this Crossway Bundle is the price. If you purchase the collection at the retail price of $1,900, then the average cost per book is about $15. Another drawback is that Logos currently does not sell each of the books individually. You can purchase them in smaller bundles such as the seven-volume “Crossway Biblical Theology Collection,” but not yet as individual books.