Daily Archives: October 14, 2010


Portfolio Edition

* Portfolio: $4,290

* Ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly works: 6
* Ratio of research works to non-research works: 5
* Subject range: 6 (only because it’s mainly focussed on textual criticism and original language tools)
* Contains resources not freely or more cheaply available elsewhere:5
* Value for money: 6


Scholar’s Library: Gold

* Scholar’s Library Gold: $1,379.95

* Ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly works: 5
* Ratio of research works to non-research works: 4
* Subject range:5
* Contains resources not freely or more cheaply available elsewhere: 5
* Value for money: 5

This is as good as it gets in terms of value for money, if you can’t spend more than this. It’s also a dramatically more expensive collection. This is a huge amount of money to spend on a single research library, but taking a closer look you can see where the money is. There’s simply nothing else on the market which comes close to this, from what I have seen, at this price point (Portfolio is another story). It contains everything in the Scholar’s Library Silver, as well as:

* Context Of Scripture: $300 An old favourite returns


Scholar’s Library: Silver

 Scholar’s Library Silver:  $999.95

*  Ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly works:  3
*  Ratio of research works to non-research works:  3
*  Subject range: 4
*  Contains resources not freely or more cheaply available elsewhere:  3
*  Value for money:  3

A substantial hike in price over the last collection, which means we’re now looking for $600 more value than the Original Languages Library, which is a big ask.  I think it comes close, because the coverage is broader.  This is actually the collection I started with.

It contains the same works as the last collection, as well as:

 Text of the Earliest Greek Manuscripts:  $40  Very useful, for the reasons previously described