Logos Bible Software
|Developer(s)||Logos Research Systems|
|Stable release||5 / November 2012|
|Operating system||MS Windows Vista/7/8 / Apple Mac OS X / Apple iPhone / Google Android Linux / Amazon Kindle Fire|
|Type||e-books, digital library, Bible study|
Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed specifically for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Logos Research Systems of Bellingham, Washington, a software company and electronic publisher specializing in Bible study. Logos Bible Software, their flagship product, is currently in its fifth release as of November 2012.
Logos licenses electronic rights to more than 27,000 titles related to the Bible from 150 publishers, including Baker, Bantam, Catholic University of America Press, Eerdmans, Harvest House, Merriam Webster, Moody Press, Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson Tyndale House, and Zondervan. Logos has also recently published its own Lexham Bible Reference series, featuring new scholarship on the original Biblical languages.
Logos Research Systems, Inc. (also known as Logos Bible Software) was founded in 1992 by two Microsoft employees, Bob Pritchett and Kiernon Reiniger, along with Bob’s father, Dale Pritchett. The three quit their jobs to develop Christian software.
Bob Pritchett and Reiniger produced one of the earliest Bible software packages for Windows: Logos Bible Software for Microsoft Windows v1.0. After acquiring data from the CDWordLibrary project at Dallas Theological Seminary (an earlier Bible software package for use on Windows 2), Logos released the Logos Library System platform in 1995. In 2001 the LLS was replaced by the Libronix Digital Library Systems (or Libronix DLS), which was partially ported to the Apple Mac OS. On November 2, 2009, Logos announced Logos Bible Software 4, for MS Windows and the Apple Mac OX, complemented by a free iPhone application featuring free publications and synchronization with the desktop applications. and was awarded the DBW Publishing Innovation Award in 2011.
On November 6, 2012, Logos announced Logos Bible Software 5 for Windows and Mac was available for purchase.
Logos Bible Software provides multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs and mobile devices, partnering with 150 publishers to offer more than 27,000 Christian ebooks to users in 210 countries. Languages include English, Greek, Hebrew, German, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian and Afrikaans.
Logos Bible Software also publishes resources from around the world, such as a syntactically tagged Hebrew Bible produced from Francis I. Andersen and Dean Forbes's lifetime project; a syntactically tagged Greek New Testament by Dr. Albert L. Lukaszewski; and a second syntactically tagged Greek New Testament from the OpenText project. Also included in Logos Bible Software are "reverse interlinear" Bibles, an unusual format retaining the English translation on the top line and tying in each word or phrase of the underlying original language texts below. This enables readers to view corresponding words between translations and the original languages.
Logos publishes the Bible Study Magazine, which is ranked No. 4 on About.com's Top 10 Christian Magazines list; it was also named one of the Best Magazines of 2008 by Library Journal, and in 2010–11, published the Lexham English Bible, or "LEB", a new, literal translation of the Bible into English with a Creative Commons license. The LEB is part of Logos' July 2012 release of a Faithlife Study Bible.
Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, Logos currently has a staff of more than 300, with some employees located at a South African subsidiary. Logos occupies three buildings downtown including the Flatiron Building. The company was named a Best Christian Place to Work in 2006–08 and 2010–12 by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, a Christian religious corporation, as reported in Christianity Today magazine. In 2005, CEO Bob Pritchett was named a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Pacific Northwest for the category Realizing Business Potential.
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