Logos History

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Company Timeline

December 1986

Bob's original Bible software.Bob Pritchett releases a simple program for quickly searching the KJV Bible in plain text. Notes and letters from users nurture thoughts of a more powerful program.

May 1991

Bob Pritchett and Kiernon Reiniger, Microsoft employees who met at church, begin writing a Bible software product. Their initial goal is to create a “shareware” product to distribute on BBS systems (the dial-up precursors to the Internet era) for Microsoft Windows, instead of the still-dominant MS-DOS operating system.

June–July 1991

An early version of Logos Bible Software is shown to an existing Bible software company. The other company declines to distribute Logos because the future for Microsoft Windows is unclear.

August 1991

Interest increases as testers try early versions of the software. It becomes clear that a shareware business model won’t support the license fees required to access the most popular modern Bible translation. Dale Pritchett (Bob’s father, and at the time president of his own company) begins working to develop a sales strategy and pursue text licenses—things Bob and Kiernon can’t do while working for Microsoft during business hours.

December 1991

Logos Bible Software for Microsoft Windows v1.0 ships. Physical production is done on the kitchen table at Dale and Jenni Pritchett’s house. Shipment is made to the first customers, who responded to an ad in Christian Computing Magazine.

January 1992

Bob, Kiernon, and Dale “quit their day jobs.” After raising a small amount of capital from friends and family, they incorporate Logos Research Systems, Inc. Dale opens a sales and marketing office in Marlton, New Jersey.

February 1992

Bob and Kiernon open a research and development office in Kirkland, Washington.

March 1993

Research and development headquarters move to Oak Harbor, Washington.

August 1995

Logos Bible Software v2.0 ships, built on a brand-new technology. The Logos Library System introduces the “library” concept to Bible software. The LLS is the first Bible software platform designed to support hundreds of electronic books delivered, or unlocked, as separate products.

February 1998

An ever-growing list of new books for the Logos Library System begins to push the limits of the technology. A new plan is developed to build a third-generation platform that can handle 10,000+ electronic books and that is based on research in library science, information retrieval, and the emerging field of digital libraries.

August 2001

The first release of the Libronix Digital Library System is completed. The completely new, user-friendly release of Logos Bible Software Series X is an enormous success.

March 2002

Logos Research Systems, Inc., relocates its headquarters from Oak Harbor, WA, to Bellingham, WA.

July 2003

The Biblical Languages Supplement is released with the Libronix DLS v2.0 code. Logos Bible Software moves to the top level of support for study in Greek, Hebrew, and other biblical languages with new reference books, improved primary texts, and an even stronger search engine.

December 2008

Logos 1.0 for Macintosh is released.

November 2009

Logos Bible Software launches Logos 4, a multiplatform program designed to run on Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

October 2010

Logos 4 Mac releases.

November 2010

Logos publishes the Greek New Testament: SBL Edition, a free critically edited Greek New Testament.

June 2011

Logos releases Vyrso, a Christian ebook store and ereader app that integrates powerful searches and Bible software with Christian fiction and trade ebooks.

January 2012

Proclaim church presentation software releases, giving pastors, worship teams, and volunteers smart, cloud-based, collaborative solutions to Sunday-morning presentations.

June 2012

The Faithlife Study Bible and Faithlife.com launch to the public, giving users free subscriptions to the FSB and the opportunity to create groups and share notes and events in the Faithlife community.

November 2012

Logos 5 launches with precise new tools and seven new base packages. This significant update includes more innovative features and enormous new datasets, including the Bible Sense Lexicon, Clause Search, Bible Facts, and the Timeline of Christian and biblical history.

Interviews with Bob Pritchett

The Logos Blog contains a number of video interviews with Bob Pritchett discussing the history (and future) of Logos: