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Personal Books Tool

The Personal Books feature provides a way to compile personal or public domain works into Logos 4 resources. See below for Frequently Asked Questions and Tips on Personal Books. (We will be adding to this FAQs and Tips page as we receive user feedback on the feature.)


  • How do I get started building a personal book?
    • Click on Personal Books on the Tools menu and click on the How-To button, or press F1, to open Logos 4 Help for Personal Books. The steps to building a book are provided along with links to Personal Books Syntax Help, which lists tags than can be added to the source document for additional functionality in your book.
  • What type of document is used to create a personal book?
    • The required document type is "Office Open XML Format" or .docx. Typically, the document would be created in Microsoft Word for Windows 2010/2007, or Microsoft Word for Mac 2011/2008, and saved as a "Word document (*.docx)." Word 2003 for Windows can also be used to create a .docx file provided the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack has been installed. Other word processing programs may be able to write and save as .docx as well, such as Wordpad (in Windows 7), TextEdit (Mac), LibreOffice, and NeoOffice. (Keep in mind that these other programs may not support all the features used by the Personal Books tool, such as Heading styles, Footnotes, etc.)
  • What types of books can I build using the tool?
    • Some of the available types include:
      • Bible (See Personal Books Syntax Help in Logos 4 for information on adding the "Bible" field to mark your text.)
      • Bible Commentary (See Help for Bible milestone syntax.)
      • Calendar Devotional (See Help for Day Of Year milestone syntax.)
      • Dictionary (See Help for Headword milestone syntax.)
      • Lectionary (See Help for available Lectionary fields.)
  • How do I create a Table of Contents (TOC) for my book?
    • Use Word Heading styles in your document to add chapter and section headings to the book's TOC pane. The TOC pane will imitate the Outline View of the Word document.
  • How do I create a footnote in my book?
    • Use the Insert Footnote feature in Word. In Word for Mac 2011/2008, go to the "Insert" menu and choose "Footnote." In Word for Windows 2010/2007, go to the "References" tab and, in the Footnotes group, click "Insert Footnote." In Word 2003, go to the "Insert" menu and choose "Reference > Footnote."
  • How do I add page numbers to my book?
    • At the places in your document where you want a page number to be detected, type the page number milestone: [[@Page:1]]. When the book is built, this milestone syntax will not be visible in the book; however, you will be able to navigate to the page by entering "Page 1" in the active reference box. Also, if you enable the book's "Show page numbers" Visual Filter, the visual filter will be displayed at the correct location.
  • Why is my hyperlink, milestone, or other syntax not being detected in my book?
    • Verify that the syntax is consistently formatted. For instance, if you want to make hyperlink text bold, add the bold formatting to all of the hyperlink syntax, not just the surface text. (To apply different formatting to the surface text, such as "This is a test," use the Word Hyperlink feature instead.) Example: [[This is a test >>]] will not be detected as a hyperlink, but [[This is a test >>]] will be detected correctly. Example: [[@Page:p 1]] milestone will not be converted, but [[@Page:p 1]] milestone will work.
    • Having different Word styles applied to syntax could also affect how it is parsed. If half of the syntax has one Word style applied to it, and the other half uses another style, it will not be detected correctly in the compiled book.
    • If the URL within the syntax that isn't working appears as a hyperlink in the source document (blue,underlined), right-click on it and choose "Remove Hyperlink."
  • I just want to build a simple book. Do I need to add the milestones and fields mentioned above?
    • No--you can compose a book without using any type of special syntax. We do recommend adding Word Heading styles, though, so you can navigate the book via the Table of Contents pane (see above).
  • When I add a new book, "Monograph" is the default Type in the Library Information (metadata) area. What is a "Monograph"?
    • A monograph is a work concerned with a single subject, such as a treatise or dissertation.
  • Can I delete a personal book?
    • Yes--just right-click on the book in the Personal Books panel and choose Delete. This will delete the book from the Personal Books panel and the Library. If you delete a book accidentally, and still have the source document(s), you can add a new book, add the file(s) as before, and recompile the book.
  • I use Logos 4 on my desktop PC and on my laptop. Will my books be synchronized between computers?
    • The book's Library Information, including cover image, will be synchronized and available in the Personal Books tool; however, the source documents (.docx files) will need to be copied to the other computer and the book compiled on that system. 
  • When I recompile an existing personal book, an error occurs during the build process with the message "Could not remove existing resource." What causes the error, and how do I build the book?
    • This error is due to something in the program that is holding the resource open. Try closing all other panels before recompiling. You may have to restart Logos 4 in order to recompile the book.
    • We recommend waiting to add a personal book to a Reading Plan until you have completed the process of revising and compiling the book, as a Reading Plan appears to hold the resource open, even after a restart.
    • We are working on a resolution to this problem and will update this FAQ when a fix becomes available.
  • Where can I find more information on Personal Books?
    • Check out the Logos Mac or Windows forums and the Logos Wiki pages. If you don't see an answer to your question, feel free to ask it in the forums.


  • Create a test book first. Experiment with the various hyperlinks, milestones and fields in your test book so that when you build your first "real" book, you will be familiar with the syntax. You can also use your "test" document as a template from which to grab the syntax when you are composing another document for a personal book.
  • Add multiple documents to your book. If your source document is very long, it may help to break it up into more than one .docx file so you can navigate the book by article. Each .docx file listed in the "Add Body Files" section of the Edit dialog will be treated as an article in your book. You can rearrange the content of the book by dragging and dropping one file above or below another file.
  • Remember: Preserve your source documents in order to make future revisions to your book.