At this time, Accordance has a much lower "cost of entry". Their $49 starter package is a really good value, even though it is limited. You can still get a really good idea of what Accordance can do. For the average Christian, it may be all they need for basic Bible study and devotions. You get some texts, some dictionaries, and some other basic tools. But you get the whole engine, not a shell.
Just my .02. YMMV.
My point exactly. For a great many people in the pew they need a good Bible dictionary the text tied to original language and a decent Bible commentary. Logos offers nothing for the Christian who is on a budget or needs very little. Yes they offer Faithlife free... But last night for example I was in bed meditating over Luke 7:36-50, I decided for heck of it to go to faithlife in Logos and I felt really shocked. The notes are often quite verbose and insightful, I go there and find the notes and referred to notes particularly shallow. I was told by one person in Logos forum that FLSB blows IVP's NDC out of the water, and I agreed with him after last night I would say depends where you are studying. A thing I do not care about FLSB is it's constant advertising, I mean if you have spent a fortune and have all the commentaries and dictionaries links to further study is great, but if you are a person who has just FLSB it just feels like a hook to get you to buy X resource (there is nothing wrong with that they did make the basic resource and gave it to you freely, it just feels too much like the money changers in the temple to me, to others it may just feel like being pointed in the right direction for further illumination). I well realize that FLSB is a constant work in progress and may expand greatly seeing as it has no physical bounds. And while the iOS version of FLSB has resources like Original Language support if you decided you wanted it on the computer and downloaded the Logos engine, you quickly discover FLSB does not even include a Bible Translation by default (you can get the lexham added free of charge at the Logos website but currently this freebie will still require you to enter in a credit card (one pastor recently trying out FLSB on his own was very upset over this) although NO charges will be put through, this bug is being rectified as can be seen in the sister site verbum.com which requires no credit card for a zero balance purchase). And you do not have original language support in the LEB once you have it, that is only free in the mobile APP. The owner of Logos has stated he has no interest in in people not willing to pay $300 to get into his software because the technical support for those users cost him more than he would make on $50 package. Less than 2% of Logos users buy any resources beyond their initial purchased base package. That is his right to make the decision for what is right for his company and I do applaud him for making FLSB as a free resource but I greatly applaud Accordance for making an extremely affordable package that gives Christians all they might need to get started (and possible all the want) as well as for their iOS program free of charge allowing people to have on their device full powerful tools to study the word (much of FLSB functionality requires an active connection to Logos servers and cannot be saved to the device).
Edited by Dan Francis, 18 September 2014 - 11:15 PM.