Let me say upfront and for the record that I have never created a book for the Logos/Libronix system using Personal Book Builder. As an owner of WORDsearch and QuickVerse, (in addition to Logos), I have created user books in their formats, (the means of which is built into their products for free, automatically converts verse references and creates books that are fully searchable), but I haven’t found a compelling reason given my method and scope of Bible study to invest in both the initial cost and annual fees that Logos charges for PBB. (Let me also say upfront that this is just me and my needs. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for those whose areas of interest and ministry really benefit from this tool and are willing to share the fruits of their labor with others here and elsewhere.) And please understand that I am not being sarcastic or rhetorical or critical of Logos (or especially of PBB users) in my question. I really just simply don’t understand and welcome any and all insight and this seems like a safe and knowledge-rich place to ask.
The catalyst for my posting this lingering query of mine is the recent offering of the A.W. Tozer collection in pre-pub on Logos.com. The substantial 55 volume set will be sold for $399.95 when it is complete, but can be purchased now for just $189.95 which seems fairly reasonable, equating to about $3.45 per book. The challenge in my understanding and the indication that there is something I am probably missing is that I purchased an almost (if not) identical Tozer collection for my WORDsearch library about six-months ago for $69.95 or about $1.27 per book. (I have since found it offered routinely on ebay for only $29.95. Ouch! That’s just 54 cents for each book.)
So I come back to the question I started with which is, “is it really that tough to create books to work in Libronix compared to the formats the other main players in the Bible software arena use?” (And I’m fully open to an informed answer of “yes” from anyone who has created works for multiple products.) I pretty much use my Bible software for verse commentary exploration and topical studies and know from experience that the core Logos software is MUCH more powerful than all the others in the areas of language tools and breaking the Bible down into as many exciting pieces to explore as possible and it’s MY clear first choice of where to add books that can be purchased at comparable prices, but in the case of these “layman’s libraries” by authors like Tozer I don’t get it, (and it really bugs me not to get stuff like this, in case you can’t tell).
Maybe to put the question another way, (and probably a better way for this forum), “what will PBB do for me within Logos that the other book builders (within WORDsearch, QuickVerse or Biblesoft’s PC Study Bible) won’t/don’t do for me in theirs?” I know from both common sense and from the information Logos offers on the PBB pages that there’s more that goes into the “for sale” book creation process, but if I can understand more about PBB maybe I can begin to better understand and appreciate some of the added value of the books Logos is offering in Libronix compared to the same publications offered elsewhere.