Review of Zondervan Bible Study Library

I have posted a new review of Zondervan Bible Study Library: Scholar’s Edition, powered by Pradis. I am not aware of other relevant online reviews of this particular product, so I hope you find this one both interesting and helpful. As always, feel free to share your opinions and/or questions.

Incidentally, the FAQ section of BSR has also been updated.

UPDATE (May 28): Actually, the only review of Zondervan’s Scholar’s Library I could find online is this one, dating back to November 2003.

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Are We a Bunch of Blog-addicts?

Mark Goodacre raises the question of whether or not blogging is “a kind of addiction.” Other noted bibliobloggers seems to think it is (i.e., Jim Davila and Jim West). I believe it is potentially addictive. Speaking for myself, I feel guilty when I cannot blog regularly. I guess it’s a matter of feeling accountable to the people that read me regularly. I’m pretty sure I started to blog for myself, but now that I know that, for some strange reason, others are interested in what I have to say, it makes me feel a bit overwhelmed at times. Blogging is currently both a pleasure and a burden. Make any sense?

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BookBuilder

Laridian has just released a brand new product that enables users to create books for PocketBible, DailyReader, and MyBible 4. There are three different versions of BookBuilder, one for Pocket PC, one for Palm OS, and the professional edition. Knowledge of HTML is necessary to do the tagging, although some of the more tedious tasks can be automated.

The ability to write personal notes is a given in any good Bible program, but some users do want to go one step further and build their own Bibles and reference works. I firmly believe that some type of authoring/self-publishing tool is a value-added feature that many people are interested in. This has been the trend in Bible software for desktop systems, and I suppose we’ll see pretty much the same happen in the PDA world too. Quite honestly, I think this is the way to go. So, we should all congratulate ourselves when tools like this one are made available.

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LDLS Workspace

Rick Brannan, “book architect” at Logos has kindly shared the type of workspace he uses for his research work on the Pastoral Epistles. It is always interesting to see how different people use Bible software in “real life” situations. Particularly so when they know their software as much as Rick does. So, if you use LDLS you’ll definitely want to take a look at what he has to say.

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