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Concordia Publishing House E-Book and Digital Book Update

June 19th, 2012 9 comments

I thought I’d give you an update on some new items available as e-books and discuss CPH’s position on e-books. As we all know, E-Book use and sales are rising rapidly, every year. From one year to the next, more people are buying and using e-book readers. At the present time, it is our position that the Amazon Kindle family of readers and applications across a wide range of devices remains the best option for the majority of our customers. And that is why we continue to focus on the Kindle platform. We are however continuing to make our e-books available as e-Pub files for folks who prefer to use that format. We are also exploring moving into the Nook format as well. More on that later.

What’s new in E-books from Concordia Publishing House?

Well, first of all, by way of reminder, we have a new arrangement with LOGOS software, which is the world’s largest, and in my opinion, the best dedicated proprietary software platform for using a huge range of books and resources, all indexed and cross-linked to one another via the Libronix search technology. Simply put, we no longer sell any LOGOS formatted resource directly on a CD-ROM, but now all our resources are available, via instant purchase and download, from LOGOS.COM. Here is our Concordia page on their site. The most recent volume to go live in this new arrangement is Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. In the next several months you will be seeing more resources go live on the LOGOS site, including the more recent volumes of Luther, Gerhard and the Concordia Commentary series. So, please bookmark our LOGOS page and stay tuned.

By way of new e-books available on Amazon, there are several I’d like to draw to your attention:

Bearing the Cross: Devotions on Albrecht Duerer’s Small Passion

Faith and Act: The Survival of Medieval Ceremonies in the Lutheran Reformation

Little Visits with Jesus

The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope

Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible by C.F.W. Walther

And these are just some of the over 280 titles we have in Kindle format. You can see the complete list by clicking on this link.

New Concordia Publishing House Kindle Titles

October 14th, 2011 2 comments

I’m pleased to report that for the first time books have appeared in digital/Kindle format before they appeared in print. For instance, The Church from Age to Age, was available in Kindle format before the physical book hit the shelves here at CPH. Here is a look at all the Kindle titles from Concordia Publishing House. Be sure to sort the list by “publication date” and you will see the newest Kindle releases from CPH. I obtained this list by using Amazon’s advanced search function. To do it yourself, click on this link, then type in the “publisher” box: “Concordia Publishing House” and for format choose “Kindle” and, there you go.

 

Arch Books on iPad? Yup, there’s an App for that

April 11th, 2011 2 comments

I’m happy to announce that as of today there are sixteen Arch Books on the iTunes store, in iPad app format. This is a first for us and, these are among the very few, if not only, Bible story books for children available on the iPad, period. You can take a look at all sixteen titles available by looking at Concordia Publishing House’s Apps in the iTunes store. Here’s the link. Here’s a screen shot from the iTunes store. These are really cool apps. The child can listen and watch as the book is read to them, or…you can record  your own voice reading the book to the child. The bright, beautiful iPad display is really quite stunning and Arch books are a perfect fit for this platform. Here’s a screen shot, following the screen shot is another showing all sixteen titles presently available.

PrayNow – The Best App for a Robust Prayer and Devotional Life

March 16th, 2011 11 comments

Do you know about PrayNow, the only Lutheran prayer and devotional app available for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod? No, you say? Well, let me introduce you to it. And, let me also assure Droid folks that we are working on a Droid version of it, which we anticipate releasing later this year. I continue to bump into folks on the Internet who have not heard of PrayNow and they are delighted to discover it. It is such a wonderful tool for daily prayer. And, for only $8.99, it offers you a wealth of content, for the entire year, with multiple choices for daily orders of prayers and an abundant treasure of daily readings in the Psalms, OT and NT, with a devotional writing from a pastor or other Christian teacher and theologian through the ages. You can buy it from the iTunes store.

 

Why LOGOS is Better than Accordance for Most Pastors

October 2nd, 2010 6 comments

I was scanning the discussion fora that LOGOS hosts and bumped into this very well done summary by Dr. David Adams, of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on why he believes LOGOS is better than Accordance for most parish pastors.

“As a seminary professor teaching the Old Testament on the basis of the Hebrew text I am often asked by students and pastors what bible software I recommend. I started using software to study the bible back in the early 1980s, and through the years I have used almost everything that has come along. I was exposed to Gramcord while it was still under development in the early 80s, and I began using Accordance, which implemented Gramcord for the Macintosh as soon as it became available in 1994. So I have used it extensively for 16 years now, and am heavily invested in it. I purchased Logos as soon as it became available for the Macintosh, mostly so that I could be familiar with it in order to answer student questions but also to access a few resources that I had received from publishers in Logos format. The following observations are based on my own use of bible software over a long period of time. I have no connections to Logos, Accordance, BibleWorks, or any other software publisher, except as a customer.


“For most of the last 20 years or so I have responded to the question of which bible software students should buy by saying that they should try all of the software available for their hardware and choose the one that they felt most comfortable with. I thought the best bible software was the bible software students would actually use. As the software as evolved from the mid-90s to the mid-00s, I judged that there was not enough of a difference between the packages to justify making a strong categorical recommendation in favor of any one package over another. They all did more-or-less the same thing, and more-or less-equally well. As I said above, I used Accordance as my own primary tool, and I enthusiastically recommended it to Mac users who wanted something to help with original-language study. And I know for a fact that I ‘sold’ a lot of copies of Accordance to students and colleagues. When Logos v. 1 for the Mac became available I encouraged students to take a look at it, but frankly I was not particularly impressed with it, and still preferred Accordance.

“All of that changed for me when I first saw Logos 4 in the fall of 2009. At that time it was only available for Windows, but Logos announced that they would be doing a Mac version that would be feature-equivalent to the Windows version. I downloaded the first alpha that was available, and have worked with it ever since. (To be fair, I worked mainly with the Windows version running under Parallels until we got to about Alpha 23, when I judged the Mac version to be far enough along that I could use it as my primary tool.) Beginning in the spring of 2010 I started strongly advising students and colleagues to use Logos instead of Accordance (or BibleWorks for Windows users) and continue to do so. Since the release of Logos 4 it is clear to me that Logos now stands head and shoulders above everything else. Here are the four main reasons for my recommendation:

(1) Logos is better at what the average parish pastor needs to do.

“Virtually all of my own bible study is study of the text in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. All of the students that I teach in our M.Div. program are required to learn Hebrew and Greek. Nevertheless, I recognize that even our students will spend most of their study time with English translations, and they will be preparing to teach Christians who almost exclusively read the bible in English. Life in the modern world being what it is, pastors have a lot of demands on their time, and are not always able to set aside as much time as they should to devote themselves to the study of the Word. Thus, they need a tool that both supports their English-language study and supports their original-language study, and does so in a way that helps them maximize the benefit of their study and preparation time. Logos 4 does this better than anything else. The Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, and Bible Word Study Guide jump-start a pastor’s preparation (or a layman’s study time), and point them directly and quick to the most relevant and helpful resources that they have available (depending, of course, on what they own). The Biblical People, Places, and Things tools bring together a lot of information quickly and point the way to avenues for further study. And the platform provides a vast array of resources to support both the study of the Word and, equally important, the teaching of the Word. Even though I am a ‘professional exegete’, I realize that the average parish pastor needs something different than I need from bible study software. Easy and efficient access to the program’s features is quite important to pastors, and Logos excels in this regard. Fortunately it does both what parish pastors need, and what we ‘professional exegetes’ need. That’s a rare and good thing.

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Preview of PrayNow Version 2.0

August 17th, 2010 11 comments

I had the joy today of reviewing a beta of the next version of the very popular PrayNow iPhone App. We are rolling out a major update that will make it fully native on the iPad, and will add great new features, the best of which is populating Matins, Vespers and Compline with the days propers and readings and writing and prayer! Awesome. Also, note taking functionality and more extensive bookmarking is being added.

Here are several screen shots. As always if you click through a couple times, you will see the actual size images as they were captured on my iPad.

Screen Shot #1: Here is how PrayNow 2.0 displays readings in horizontal columns, on the iPad.

Screen Shot #2: Here is how PrayNow 2.0 displays the readings for the day within Matins, and will do the same for Vespers and Compline.


Screen Shot #3: Here is how PrayNow 2.0 displays the readings for the day when you choose to display in large print typesize

ePub Files Available from Concordia Publishing House: Nook and Sony Reader Folks – Rejoice!

June 29th, 2010 8 comments

I know trying to keep the alphabet soup of options for e-books these days is confusing, but I’ve got good news for owners of the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony Reader . . . you can now purchase ePub files from Concordia Publishing House and read them on your readers. We have a listing of the ePub files available on our web site, and you can see them all by clicking here.

CPH ePub Editions must be used with Adobe Digital Editions software. If desired, you may then transfer the ePub Edition to any of the compatible devices using a USB connection. You can get the Adobe Digital Edition software, for free, here.

ePub files are for those folks NOT using an Amazon Kindle, or a Kindle app on any of their smartphone device, etc. Amazon Kindle files may now be read on all desktop, laptop, netbook computers. On all Apple iPhone/iTouch/iPads. On all Blackberries. On all Android devices.

If you do not have any of those devices, or choose not to use the Amazon Kindle app or device, and you do own a Sony Reader or a Nook, you can now get our various e-books as ePub files directly from us and away you go. There are scads of other devices on which you can read ePub files. You can see all the various devices here.

Will we also be offering books for direct purchase on/in the Apple iBookstore? Yes, we are still working through some contractual issues with Apple, but that’s coming too.

Here is a brief overview of how you can use ePub files:

What are ePub Editions?
The ePub Editions is a type of eBook offered by Concordia Publishing House that requires the use of Adobe Digital Edition Software to view.  The software is available free of charge through Adobe and can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions or need assistance installing this software please refer to the help documentation on the right.

What are eBooks?
eBooks (electronic books) are digital versions of printed books which can be read on a personal computer or other electronic devices. eBooks are a great alternative reading choice for people of all walks of life.

Features of eBooks:
•    Find what you’re looking for with easy word and phrase search options
•    Customize text size to fit your needs
•    Keep your spot with digital bookmarks
•    Enjoy your book NOW with instantaneous delivery

For more details and explanations, please be sure to visit this web page and read the support files there.