Why Both Print and Electronic Editions? An Author's PerspectiveDr. Robert Lowery, Dean of the Seminary & Professor of New Testament, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary
Author, professor, and seminary dean Bob Lowery presents his reasons for publishing his books in both print and electronic formats.
Earlier this spring I was speaking at the Wisconsin Christian Convention in the Wisconsin Dells. College Press had set up a booth in the foyer, and one of the books being sold was my work on Revelation. I was honored that the publisher would do so.
In the hallway, a convention-goer asked me if it was true that my book, Revelation's Rhapsody, was also published by Logos Bible Software out of Bellingham, Washington. I acknowledged that it had indeed been published in electronic form, and she asked me Why? Good question. Let me give two responses to that question.
Why an electronic copy?
In general, the reasons are time, money, space, and portability. Specifically, I wanted my book to be in electronic form because this is the delivery system for an increasing number of books, and electronic books are in high demand around the world. For those of us who like to hold a book in our hands, to read a book on a computer can be quite a shock. Yet the publishing world is changing.
|Simply put, Logos is the world’s biggest developer of Bible software, and if I believe that my book will be helpful to people, I want to reach as many as possible.|
One of the key reasons why I wanted this volume to be available to computer users is that many of my students in America are not purchasing print editions of works but rather they are adding electronic books to the library on their computer, thereby making books more accessible and transportable. Not only are books being read this way by Americans, but each summer I teach somewhere in Eastern Europe, and my students are buying more and more books in the electronic format because they are less expense, take up less space (not everyone has an office to house thousands of books!), and can be carried anywhere.
There is a second reason, and this one focuses on...
“Why Logos Bible Software?”
Simply put, Logos is the world’s biggest developer of Bible software, and if I believe that my book will be a helpful one to people, I want to reach as many as possible. Bible software is a designation for those computer programs for studying the Bible. And what a revolution the software has started, especially Logos! I am delighted that this Christian company decided to publish my book because, in my opinion, it is not only the largest developer, but in my opinion, it is the finest.
If you would purchase Logos Bible Software 3, you will be amazed at how it locates, organizes, and presents biblical information from electronic resources. It compares versions, enables the user to do word and topic studies, to name some of its features. Every week books are being added. It is easy to begin using and will take the user about as deep as he/she wants to go. I could go on and on, but you get the point. It is an outstanding resource for students of the Word.
(At Lincoln Christian Seminary many of us are so sold on its value that we teach a course called Interpreting Scripture that requires students to purchase Scholar’s Library. Students use the library to study the Greek and Hebrew Scriptures. I require students in all of my exegesis courses to use the program. I am convinced its influence will only grow in the years ahead.)
But “Why Logos Bible Software” for my book?
Let me give a few of the reasons. You can do advance topic, passage, and word searches. All biblical references and footnotes operate as “hotspots,” immediately presenting the cited information whenever the cursor rolls over them. The hotspots will even open your favorite translation at the click of a mouse. (How many of the readers of my book will actually look up all of the Scripture references? If they choose not to do so, my book will not be as helpful as I desire. How many will actually turn to the back of the book and read the footnotes, notes that I believe are as helpful as the text itself?! In the electronic edition, notes and Scripture references are quickly available, just a mouse hover away.)
As we have been blessed by the invention of the printing press, today we are blessed by the invention of computers and electronic libraries. Logos Bible Software provides ease-of-use, a wide range of resources for lay people to preachers and teachers to professors. The features are truly user-friendly. And the price? I would have been able to buy even more books over the years if I would have been able to purchase them in electronic form. And neither my house nor my office would have been so cluttered!
I am honored that both College Press and Logos Bible Software published my first book. I am in their debt. In the years ahead, may God bless both formats.
Reprinted from RLowery.com by permission of the author.