Logos Bible Software Launches Vyrso: Watch Out Amazon

Logos Bible Software’s not resting on their laurels with Logos 4, Logos 4 Mac, their iPhone and iPad applications, Biblia.com, and the soon-to-be-released Proclaim. Logos is launching yet another new service coming soon. It’s called Vyrso, and it’s a new way for users to purchase and enjoy reading Christian eBooks.

Vyrso is a new, online Christian eBook store that allows people to purchase their favorite Christian eBooks, and read them anywhere, from the specially-created Vyrso apps on mobile devices, to Biblia.com, to even Logos 4 and the Logos mobile apps. It’s the perfect place to get your hands on your favorite Christian living and Christian general-reading titles.

I can see Vyrso easily taking on competing Bible bookstore sites that offer Christian titles in electronic form (in print form as well), and while I’m sure it probably won’t directly take on Amazon (although I know I said “Watch out Amazon” in my title), for those of us who’ve used Amazon as a source for reading Christian titles, if Vyrso begins to offer a better selection and more flexibility by being integrated into Logos, I can see it lulling over some users to this new platform.

The major head scratcher for us seasoned Logos users is, why a different eBook reader and place to purchase eBooks, when everyone could just download Logos and purchase electronic books on Logos.com? My guess is that, for starters, Logos.com, while offering some Christian Living titles from Nelson and other publishers, has mainly focused on more scholarly, reference works, giving Vyrso a new avenue to publish more of the latest Christian Living and general Christian reading titles (such as new Charles Stanley books I have to run out and purchase in print because they’re not in Logos format yet). Additionally, many users visiting Logos.com might not want to purchase a full Logos base package, and even the Logos mobile apps offer additional research tools (automated reports) and require a Logos Base Package for full functionality, which some may not wish to dive into right away. They simply want a means to read their favorite Christian titles on their iPhones, iPads, Android devices, etc. Vyrso gives these people a chance to be able to do that without the complexity of research tools and large library collections, while still being format-compatible with Logos 4, allowing them to move up to a base collection and the full Logos experience if they ever want it, as well as giving us seasoned Logos users a whole new wealth of titles available for our Bible software.

You can checkout Vyrso, as well as register to win a free iPad, by clicking here. I’m excited to check out more when it launches, and I can’t wait to see what else Logos has planned for the future!