In the 21st century we have many options for reading, both electronically and in print. Though my personal preference is a good print book (with a highlighter and sticky tabs by my side), the fact of the matter is that for Bible study, sermon prep and research, my electronic library is invaluable.
Today I want to simply point you to a few sources to help you build an electronic library of Biblical and Theological works that will be very beneficial to you, both now an in the long run. If you will be diligent about spending a few minutes doing this each week you will amass a significant library over time – for very little money – and for free if you choose.
The first thing you need to do is decide which electronic platform(s) you will utilize. Since I’m trying to keep this post short I will simply tell you what I use and you can experiment as you have time. At a minimum I think you need Amazon Kindle Reader on you computer and phone and for Bible Study you need to get the Logos/Faithlife downloads.
Today I will focus on Logos and the Faithlife family.
Logos can be slightly intimidating but here’s the scoop. Logos is Bible Software. The parent company is Faithlife. Faithlife has a free phone app (as does Logos) and Study Bible. Faithlife also produces electronic books (Christian nonfiction and fiction) through their other label Vyrso. Additionally, you can access any of you content at any time through the website Biblia so if you’re away from home, etc. you can still have access to your books.
Here’s why you should get a Faithlife account (one account signs in to all the Faithlife family brands). You get free books – and I don’t 100 year old free books (though those are good too – but see Amazon for them) – I mean new, cutting edge, expensive Bible commentaries. For instance, this month Logos is giving away for FREE (no strings attached) the Paideia commentary on Acts. You can add the commentary on Ephesians and Colossians for $1.99, or you can just get the free commentary on Acts. The Acts commentary alone is a $30 commentary so you just got a modern commentary worth $30 for FREE. Logos has been giving away top notch commentaries each month for some time now. Go get them! (I make nothing promoting this by the way). If all you did was get the monthly free commentary at the end of the year you would have approximately $360 worth of modern commentaries for free – all because you spent less than five minutes downloading them once each month.
In addition you can download many other free books from Logos here. At their Vyrso site you can sort the book by low price and find the free books as well. Every week there are new books for free.
Additionally, the Faithlife family includes Classics under the Noet brand, and Catholic resources under the Verbum brand. Both of these brands also give away free books at least monthly. If you’re on the email list or follow them on facebook or twitter you can be alerted to these free items also. Currently Noet is giving away a volume from the Harvard Classics Library every Friday. Today’s FREE book was Plutarch’s Lives (and you can pick up Virgil’s Aeneid for another 99 cents if you want). It’s only FREE for 24 hours! This month’s FREE book from Verbum is here.
So, just by creating a Faithlife account you can get the following for FREE: monthly scholarly Bible commentary from Logos, fiction and nonfiction Christian books from Vyrso, weekly free classic from Noet, more free books from the Catholic stream (and chruch fathers) via Verbum. That’s approximately a dozen books or more for FREE each month – that’s 144 in a year, almost 300 in two years – for FREE – all from Faithlife/Logos.
What are you waiting for? Get a FREE account today and grow in the Lord (and the classics)!